Norm Hamilton

What’s Your Composition?

Out you go, camera in hand, all set to locate and shoot the perfect image. Your “digital capture device” is complicated and has a mind of its own. No matter how many shots you take, they just don’t look right. Thank goodness you’re here. Regardless of whether you have a point and shoot, digital SLR …

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Sensors and Megapixels

Pixels per inch (PPI), dots per inch (DPI), megapixels, sensors, resolution … it’s enough to confuse anybody. One of the selling features for a new digital camera is the number of megapixels the sensor holds, so let’s discuss that. On the Bayer sensor that all digital cameras except Sigma come with, each pixel captures one …

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Storytelling with Photographs

The photojournalist tells a vivid story with each shot. With some knowledge and forethought, you too can weave a tale with your photography. There must be a clear message, a single point; one idea. Whether this is a scene, an emotion, or a thought-provoking idea is entirely up to you. Keeping it simple makes a …

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Tack-sharp Images

The shots you took of that once-in-a-lifetime event have all turned out soft, out of focus or blurry. There are numerous factors that could be responsible, with poor focus being the most obvious culprit. Make sure you are focused on the part of the frame you want to be sharp, that you are not too …

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Travel Photography

As I sit here in Pisa, Italy, I’m thinking a short column on travel photography is in order. My first recommendation for a really important piece of equipment to take along with you is a good pair of shoes so you stay comfortable during the long walks you will be taking. As for your photographic …

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Panoramic Ponderings

Panoramic photos are a wonder to behold – capturing the broad expanse of the vista all in one image and fascinating the viewer. They are easier to create than may be expected. However, you do need some basic fundamentals and you must be willing to take the time to capture the images correctly. Sometimes referred …

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Shooting Snow

The days are getting longer and the sun brighter, but you still have time to get out there and photograph the frigid Yukon wonders. Winter brings unique challenges in capturing this splendour effectively – challenges you can overcome. Your mind and eye adapt to each portion of the landscape as you gaze over the vista …

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Joy of Slow Photography

Photography, practised as an art form, has the power to transform your life … or at the very least, the way you look at things. The power of today’s digital cameras makes it possible for us to create images quickly, efficiently and without thought. But I ask you, is that why you take photographs? For …

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Outdoor Lighting Tips

Photography is the art of painting with light. If you choose to capture outdoor photographs, you will not have the control of lighting that is possible in the studio. While this can be challenging, it is also what makes each image unique. Your results are affected by the colour of light, the direction it comes …

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Respectful Nature Photography

Taking your digital camera along for a trek in the tundra or through the woods allows you to capture all the wonders and visions that being outdoors can offer. Yukon has some of the most pristine wilderness areas anywhere on Earth. However, taking advantage of the opportunity to visit it carries some responsibilities. You are …

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Printing Your Digital Photos

Printing is the final step in the creative process that takes the photographer from the initial visualization of the image to a finished product to share with the world. The images you see on your computer monitor are pleasing for a few seconds, but a great print is something you can put on your wall …

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Not So Wildlife Photography

Where is wildlife considered to be “not so wildlife”? In a zoo, of course. Here are some tips and ideas about shooting in a zoo that may be some help should you find yourself at one during your next vacation. I made the photos accompanying this column at the internationally-renowned Frankfurt Zoo this past summer. …

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Protecting Your Photos Online

The easiest way to share the photos we take is to post them on the internet, but how safe are your pictures when put online? Copyright of your images (literally having the right to copy them) belongs to you, the photographer, unless you are employed by, or contracted to, someone else. This means that no …

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Using Flash Photography

There are some photographers who frown on the use of flash photography. I believe that, used effectively, flash is a tool that can sometimes make the difference between getting the shot… or not. Electronic flash is provided by an in-camera pop-up, an accessory unit attached to the top of your digital camera, or even by …

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