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Chapter One. Pro Tips for Getting Really Sharp Photos

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The Real Secret to Getting Sharp Photos

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The Other Most Important Secret

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Perhaps Even More Important Than That!

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If You Skip This, Throw Away Your Camera

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If You Do This Wrong, It Will Lock Up

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It's Time to Get Serious

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Getting "Tack Sharp" Starts with a Tripod

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A Ballhead Will Make Your Life Easier

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Don't Press the Shutter (Use a Cable Release)

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Forgot Your Cable Release? Use a Self Timer

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Getting Super Sharp: Mirror Lock-Up

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Turn Off Vibration Reduction (or IS)

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Shoot at Your Lens' Sharpest Aperture

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Good Glass Makes a Big Difference

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Avoid Increasing Your ISO, Even in Dim Light

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Zoom In to Check Sharpness

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Sharpening After the Fact in Photoshop

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Pro Sharpening

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Hand-Held Sharpness Trick

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Getting Steadier Hand-Held Shots

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Chapter Two. Shooting Flowers Like a Pro

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Don't Shoot Down on Flowers

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Shooting Flowers with a Zoom Lens

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Use a Macro Lens to Get Really Close

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Can't Afford a Macro? How 'bout a Close-Up?

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When to Shoot Flowers

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Don't Wait for Rain Fake it!

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Flowers on a Black Background

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Shooting on a White Background

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The Perfect Light for Indoor Flower Shots

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Where to Get Great Flowers to Shoot

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Stopping the Wind

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Chapter Three. Shooting Weddings Like a Pro

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The Trick for Low-Light Shooting in a Church

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Getting Soft, Diffused Light with Flash, Part 1

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Getting Soft, Diffused Light with Flash, Part 2

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Use Your Flash at Outdoor Weddings

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Keep Backup Memory Cards on You

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Formals: Who to Shoot First

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Formals: Where to Aim

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The Trick to Keeping Them from Blinking

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Reception Photos: Making Them Dance

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Your Main Job: Follow the Bride

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Formals: How High to Position Your Camera

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Formals: Don't Cut Off Joints

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Formals: Build Off the Bride and Groom

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Formals: The Trick to Great Backgrounds

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Shooting the Details (& Which Ones to Shoot)


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Change Your Vantage Point to Add Interest

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Finding That Perfect Bridal Light

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How to Pose the Bride with Other People

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What to Shoot with a Wide-Angle Lens

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Back Up Your Photos Onsite

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If Shooting JPEGs, Use a Preset White Balance

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Chapter Four. Shooting Landscapes Like a Pro

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The Golden Rule of Landscape Photography

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Become Married to Your Tripod

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Shoot in Aperture Priority Mode

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Composing Great Landscapes

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The Trick to Shooting Waterfalls

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A Tip for Shooting Forests

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Where to Put the Horizon Line

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Getting More Interesting Mountain Shots

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The Trick for Warmer Sunrises and Sunsets

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Turn on "The Blinkies" to Keep More Detail

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How to Avoid the Dreaded Blinkies

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How to Show Size

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Don't Set Up Your Tripod. Not Yet

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The Trick to Getting Richer Colors

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What to Shoot in Bad Weather

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Atmosphere Is Your Friend

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Getting Rid of Lens Flare. The Manual Way

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The Landscape Photographer's Secret Weapon

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Keeping Your Horizons Straight

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Shooting on Cloudy Days

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Tips for Shooting Panoramas, Part 1

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Tips for Shooting Panoramas, Part 2

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Tips for Shooting Panoramas, Part 3

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Faking Panoramas

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Why You Need a Wide-Angle Lens

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Shooting Wildlife? Aim at Their Eyes

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Don't Crop Wildlife in Motion Too Close

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Shooting Wildlife? Get in Really Tight

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What to Shoot at Sunset

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Chapter Five. Shooting Sports Like a Pro

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Set Your White Balance for Indoor Sports

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Shoot at a 1/640 Sec. Shutter Speed or Faster

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Pro Sports Shooting Is Dang Expensive

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Don't Plan on Changing Lenses

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Which Lenses to Use

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Pre-Focus to Get the Shot

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Raise Your ISO to Get the Speed You Need

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The Pros Know the Game

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Don't Always Focus on the Winner

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Shooting in Burst Mode

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Stability for Shooting Sports

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Shoot Vertically for More Impact

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Pan to Show Motion

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Shoot Wide Open

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Go for the Face

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RAW or JPEG for Sports Shooters?

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Composing for Sports

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Chapter Six. Shooting People Like a Pro

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The Best Lens for Portrait Photography

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Which Aperture to Use

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Using Seamless Backgrounds

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Using Canvas or Muslin Backgrounds

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The Right Background Outdoors

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Where to Focus

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Where to Position Your Camera

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Positioning Your Subject in the Frame

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Tip for Framing Portraits

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Getting Great Light Outdoors

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Getting Great Light Indoors

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Taking Great Photos of Newborn Babies

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Great Sunset Portraits

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Better Natural-Light Portraits with Reflectors

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Chapter Seven. Avoiding Problems Like a Pro

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Pro Tips to Avoid White Balance Problems

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Cold Weather Shooting Means Extra Batteries

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Don't Change Lenses in Dusty Weather

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Apply for Permits to Shoot with Your Tripod

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Be Careful What You Shoot

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A Tip for Shooting on an Incline

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The Other Reason Pros Use a Lens Hood

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Keeping Your Lens Out of Trouble

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Back Up Your Photos in the Field

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Limit Your LCD Time to Save Battery Life

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Be Careful When Throwing Out CDs/DVDs

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Bracket If You're Not Sure About Exposure

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Avoid Red Eye

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Remove Red Eye

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Chapter Eight. Taking Advantage of Digital Like a Pro

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Level the Playing Field: Press That Button

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Put the LCD Monitor to Work

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Edit as You Shoot to Get More Keepers

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Take Advantage of the Blinkies

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Change Your ISO on the Fly

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No Penalty Fee for Experimenting

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Don't Cram Too Much on One Card

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Take Advantage of Poster-Sized Printing

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You Can Make One Film Fit All

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Is It Better to Underexpose or Overexpose?

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Keep from Accidentally Erasing Memory Cards

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Chapter Nine. Taking Travel & City Life Shots Like a Pro

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How to Be Ready for "The Shot"

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Shoot Kids and Old People. It Can't Miss

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Hire a Model (It's Cheaper Than You'd Think)

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What Time to Shoot

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Look for Bold, Vivid Colors

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Shooting Travel? Visit PhotoSecrets.com First

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Don't Try to Capture It All: Shoot the Details

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The Best Shot May Be Just Three Feet Away

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Shoot the Signs. You'll Thank Yourself Later

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Showing Movement in the City

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Use an Aperture That Takes It All In

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For Maximum Impact, Look for Simplicity

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The Monopod Scam

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What to Do When It's Been "Shot to Death"

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Including the Moon and Keeping Detail

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Shooting Fireworks

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Chapter Ten. How to Print Like a Pro and Other Cool Stuff

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The Advantages of Shooting in RAW

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How to Process RAW Photos in Photoshop

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Compare Your LCD to Your Computer Monitor

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Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom

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How Many More Megapixels Do You Need?

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Printing Lab-Quality 8x10s

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Printing Lab-Quality 13x19" Prints

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Printing 16x20s - The Pros' Top Choice

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Which Paper Should You Print On?

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What Determines Which Paper You Use?

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Getting Your Monitor to Match Your Printer

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Download the Color Profiles for Your Paper

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Selling Your Photos as "Stock" Online

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A Quick Peek at My Gear

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Some Books I Personally Recommend

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Learn from Me on Adobe Photoshop TV

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