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Site updates: latest lens reviews

Over on the right there, below the Lens Database manufacturer listing, you’ll find a new feature that shows the latest lens reviews by other Photodoto members. And below that is a listing of the top reviewers listed by number of reviews. The lens database is a great resource for getting technical data on lenses, doing side-by-side lens comparisons, and reading real reviews by actual lens owners. Check it out before you buy another lens. And if you own a lens, help out a fellow photographer by contributing a review.

A simple technique for creating eye-catching silhouettes

The silhouette is an old art form, said to have been named after �tienne de Silhouette, Louis XV’s finance minister. Apparently, he was so stingy that anything cheap, including portraits, were labelled “a la Silhouette.” Silhouettes became very popular in the 18th century but went out of fashion after the invention of the daguerreotype, an early form of photography. And now here we are, creating silhouettes with our digital cameras. Ain’t life grand?

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Learning composition: basic concepts and framing

There are many things that go into the concept of “composition.” Composition is a defining characteristic that separates a forgettable snapshot from a photo that has a strong impact on the viewer. It’s more important than mega-pixels, more important than what equipment you use. This will be the first in an ongoing series to try and demystify this pretentious-sounding subject and show you how thinking about composition, even a little, can help you improve your photos. We’ll start with a few basic concepts and some guidelines you can follow that will help you start creating images with impact and that draw the viewer in.

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