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Photographers, camera enthusiasts and image specialists are creative by nature, always looking at the big picture. That’s why we’ve used this phrase in naming our blog—because we also see more when it comes to the world of photography. This monthly blog will share the latest on the products, techniques and opportunities that take your passion and your pictures to the next level. Thanks for joining us, and don’t forget to smile!

This Tamron Lens Lends Itself to Intriguing Landscape Photography

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Take great landscape photos with a Tamron go-to multi-purpose lens

The great outdoors is full of year-round opportunities for photographers—and many challenges. While there’s no controlling the elements or other factors in a natural environment, having the right equipment makes all the difference in the quality and variety of images you can capture. One thing the photography experts at Art’s Cameras Plus recommend is a versatile lens and the Tamron 18-200mm Di II VC lens is a great option. It’s a durable lens that doesn't break the bank and has a vibration compensation (VC) feature that allows on-the-go pros to take handheld pictures that retain their sharpness.

The Tamron 18-200's durability is ideal for shooting landscapes because it stands up to extreme cold, snow, rain, humidity, high temperatures, and heavy dust. Clean the front as needed and shoot—there’s no friction or slowing down this photography powerhouse. As an added bonus, it’s impact resistance because anyone can drop a lens in the heat of the moment.

8 Tips for Shooting Images Outdoors With Your New Tamron Lens

When photographers—beginner or experienced—get a new lens, they immediately look for new ways to use it. Landscapes are popular because they are always changing and anything can happen when you’re outside. Make something great happen with these eight outdoor photography tips from Art’s Cameras:

  1. Look for unique elements in otherwise ordinary scenes—most landmarks have been photographed so often that you’ll be tempted to compare your work with that of others.
  2. Remember the basics—leading lines, the rule of thirds, etc.—but follow your instinct instead of the rules when your inner artist sees a better way.
  3. Get an early start—dawn is a great time to photograph landscapes. We call it the “golden hour,” when the light is soft and there’s often a layer of mist or fog that enhances the image. An added bonus is that fewer people are out and likely to interrupt a serene scene.
  4. Include people, selectively—landscape photography should be about the land, but when you want to show scale, a person can be a point of reference.
  5. Work the angles, safely—instead of putting yourself “out there,” use a zoom lens to get closer to the action without the danger.
  6. Shoot and reshoot—take the same photo 15 or 20 times, slightly varying the angles or exposures until you have the perfect look and feel.
  7. Pack your tripod—while much of outdoor photography is “on the fly,” a tripod is ideal for capturing moving elements, like a waterfall. A tripod minimizes shake so you can slow down shutter speed for a fluid effect.
  8. Put the brakes on post-production—great images showcase your skills as a photographer, not a Photoshopper. Keep editing to a minimum, correcting only strong shadows and saturation, because shots of nature should look natural.

Learn More About Shooting Outside (of Your Comfort Zone)

To help you take better pictures outside, nothing compares to the hands-on classes offered at Art’s Cameras. And the more you know, the more you’ll want to experiment with new equipment so you’ll also appreciate our rental department and the option to buy and sell pre-owned equipment.

At Art’s Cameras, we make it easier for you to try new things and are proud to have been changing the landscape of photography in the Milwaukee area for over 50 years. Visit us at our Greenfield or Waukesha/Pewaukee store, and experience our award-winning service for yourself.

New Year, Better Pictures—Keep Your Resolution With New Photography Equipment

The start of a new year is a time of hope—when we all plan for better things. If you’re hoping to take better pictures, keep this New Year’s resolution with a trip to Art’s Cameras Plus. Our expert sales staff can help you find just the right photography equipment to capture the best of the [...]

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Break These 5 Rules for Better Holiday Photos

The holidays are fast approaching, and that means lots of chances for great photos—especially if you’re willing to put a new twist on your traditional picture-taking. The professional photographers at Art’s Cameras Plus suggest getting creative instead of playing it safe—because breaking a few rules can mean creating some truly unique images. Don’t Say Cheese—holidays are [...]

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JPEG Versus RAW—What You Should Know About File Formats

When you buy a new digital SLR camera, you suddenly have a lot of options for taking better photos, but first you have to figure out the basics—like choosing whether to work with JPEG or RAW files. Better yet, start simply by decoding all those acronyms: SLR stands for single lens reflex; JPEG stands for [...]

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Take Better Outdoor Photos with These 5 Tips

Summer vacation season is just around the corner. Preserve your memories of special events, favorite destinations, and time with loved ones through exceptional outdoor photography. Here are five tips from the experts at Art’s Cameras Plus that can help you take better pictures: Go for the Gold—a common term in outdoor photography is shooting during the [...]

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Five Facts About Flash Photography

The technology in today’s cameras make the auto-flash feature pretty reliable—your equipment can quickly assess and adjust to lighting needs for better images. For really great images, however, you’ll need to understand and control lighting. When you do this, photography goes from ordinary to extraordinary. Here are five tips from the pros at Art’s Cameras [...]

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Art’s Gives Back

As one of only a few camera stores in the entire Midwest to not only survive the online shopping revolution, but to continue to thrive, Art’s Cameras Plus is all about gratitude. We know how fortunate we are to have made the right changes at the right time, and are grateful to every customer whose [...]

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Art’s Welcomes Every Photographer

Photography is popular for many reasons, with one of the most important being that anyone can capture a great image. Maybe you have all the right equipment, maybe you’ve positioned everyone and everything just right, or maybe you just have incredible luck or timing. At Art’s Cameras Plus, we love that photography is rewarding for [...]

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Classes for Photographers, By Photographers—At Art’s

You can learn almost anything online, but the difference is that little word: almost. When it comes to photography, there is no substitute, site, app, or video that can replace the hands-on experience of learning from an actual photographer who is passionate about what he or she does. That’s what you’ll find at Art’s Camera [...]

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