Behind The Lens

Photography workshops, tutorials, guides and how-tos.

Time-Lapse and Long-Exposure

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Tutorials and Gear

I see many people refer to long-exposure photos as time-lapse. This appears to be a common misconception. In truth, time-lapse is very different from long-exposure. See the image for...

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Photographing a Lunar Eclipse | How-To

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Featured, New Photos, Tutorials and Gear

Photographing a Lunar Eclipse | How-To

Photographing a lunar eclipse poses a handful of challenges. If you plan to do a composite of the stages of the eclipse, the challenges double. It can all seem overwhelming at first, but just remember to take it step by step.

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Lens or Camera: What’s More Important?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Featured, Tutorials and Gear

Lens or Camera: What’s More Important?

It’s a question that haunts every entry-level photographer looking to upgrade their equipment to get better images: What’s more important, a good lens or a good camera?

The short answer: Neither.

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Never Stop Learning

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Behind The Lens

Never Stop Learning

When it comes to photography, as with many things in life, you will never run out of new things to learn. It is an endless journey filled with new techniques, tricks, subjects, and aspects of the art. As far as I’m concerned that’s one of the best things about being a photographer. Even more so when you practice professionally, as it keeps things interesting and never boring. I recently began a photography program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division. I’ve got some GI Bill benefits left and figure it’s a good time to breathe some new life into my photography. My work has ground to a halt over the past year, with several moves and finally moving in with my girlfriend and her three wonderful kids. My life has gone from single and carefree to busy, with people who need me. It’s a big change, but I’m loving every moment. Up until this point I have been completely self-taught, but I know very well that I will never stop learning. I’m looking forward to gaining some new inspiration, as well as new skills that will enable me to set up a home studio helping me to bring in a more dependable income. After seeing my work, a couple of the advisers also mentioned the possibility of teaching for the institute upon completion of my program. As always, I look forward to seeing where it all goes from here. My name is Nick Chill and I’m a fine art photographer and instructor. My desire is to help you share the beauty of life with the world. Facebook | Pinterest | Flipboard | Email  ...

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Art From The Heart

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Featured, Spirit, Tutorials and Gear

Art From The Heart

There are many ways to approach the creation of a piece of art, whether it be a painting, sculpture, musical composition, dance, or photography. You can analyze patterns, calculate distances, measure rhythms, or what have you. However, history has proven that for the most powerful impact,

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Window Bird Watching

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Tutorials and Gear

Window Bird Watching

I really enjoying having birds around. They are such a delight to watch, and it feels like it brings you that much closer to nature. That’s why I really like having a window bird feeder. It allows you to enjoy the birds from the comfort of your own home, especially useful during winter months. This also allows you the opportunity for some easy bird photography opportunities. You can even get creative and build a natural looking perch next to the feeder, specifically for photos. Below are a few shots from my bedroom window feeder, which took about 2 weeks for the birds to finally find. Two really nice window feeders that I found on Amazon are the Grateful Gnome window feeder (pictured above), the Garden Song Dine Around Window Bird Feeder, and the Aspects Window Cafe.   My name is Nick Chill and I’m a fine art photographer and photo workshop instructor. My desire is to help you share the beauty of life with the world. Workshops | Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest | Pheed...

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