August CY365 Photo Challenge List | 2015

August is just about here and that means that Summer is coming to an end. I think Summer can either bring you more opportunities to take out your camera, or you get too busy to even think about taking photos and capturing those moments. What was it for you? My Summer has flown by with lots of different unexpected “events” coming up. I was reminded the importance of taking photos of...
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Get Odd To Make Your Composition Sing

  There are a lot of rules in photography. I am partial to the red rule. And, of course, there is the rule of thirds. There is an unwritten rule of odds. Odds work. Look for them in your photography and in magazines and webpages to see them appear over and over! So why odd? Well, let’s talk threes. Do you know the rule of three? It’s a second cousin to the rule of thirds (and...
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Editing Quick Quiz | How’d I Edit This?

Are you ready to try a quick quiz again! Last month was a stunning success for a few of you! And, well, a challenge for a lot of you too! This month we are using one of my favorite photos! When I discover a silhouette opportunity I cannot pass it up! When my son and his dear friend stepped in front of this exhibit of tiny jelly fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I knew exactly what I wanted to...
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What Is Hyperfocal Distance and Why Does It Matter?

  The more you learn about photography, the more you discover there is to learn. I spend most of my time with people and food in front of my camera and not so much time photographing landscapes and outdoor scenery. But, heck, we all find ourselves outside from time to time! When Michele asked me to write a post about hyper-focal distance, my first reaction was to say, nope. I don’t...
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Behind the Lens | Laura Billings

Each month we introduce you to a talented photographer from the CY365 Community.  Known as Key.of.Purple in the CY365 community, Laura Billings completed her first 365 project in 2014.  Her gallery is filled with a variety of styles of photography–her daily life, landscapes, still life, etc.  I’m inspired by her ability to create lovely images of so many different things! Meet Laura...
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What’s This Histogram Thing?

Did you know that your camera holds many secrets? Unlock those secrets and you can take greater creative control of your camera. The histogram is one of the big secrets your camera can show you every time you shoot an image! Now, if you could just make sense of what it all means, right?! So, let me make it simple. Almost too simple.   What Is The Histogram? The histogram shows the...
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Work The Angles To Create Photos You Love

Do you see other people’s photos and wonder how they can be so creative? Are you frustrated because what you see IS NOT what you photograph? You’ve got to work the shot. What does that mean anyway? Let me let you in on a photography secret, one I was reminded of while watching Scott Kelby’s Google+ Video. You can’t just stand there and shoot. You’ve got to do some...
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Playing With Perspective

  You can’t force creativity. Or can you? Forced perspective photography creates optical illusions that grab our attention and challenge our thinking. Through the clever use of angle and distance, we can make things appear smaller than they are, enlarge small things, and make your viewer wonder how you created your shot. This isn’t about clever use of Photoshop. This is all about clever use...
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July CY365 Photo Challenge List | 2015

We are almost halfway through the year! Can you believe it? I feel like time flies by faster the older you get. July is just a few days away so let’s stop for a moment and re-evaluate our 365 project. How are you doing? How have you grown? What would you like to see differently (with your photos)? Are you ready to tackle the last half of the year? While asking myself those questions I...
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