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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith explains how manually adjusting your camera's white balance can improve your pictures.

Window on Texas, November 2012

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith sheds light on one of the most useful and easily improvised camera accessories: the reflector.

Window on Texas, October 2012

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith highlights how to use a flash more effectively by removing it from the top of your camera.

Window on Texas, August 2012

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith demonstrates how to do his style of light painting using your point and shoot camera. Recorded at the George Observatory in the Brazos Bend State Park.

Window on Texas, July 2012

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In this image I wanted to contrast the poppy's white petals and its green buds and leaves with the darkness of the burned trees in the background. In order to extend my focus from the flower, which had to be sharp, out into the trees as far as possible, I used a wide-angle lens because it has an intrinsically greater depth of field than a regular lens. The brightness of the sunlit prickly poppy allowed my lens to stop down to its minimum aperture of f/22, which provided its maximum depth of field. As for exposure, I knew from experience that digital-camera sensors often misread a very bright subject and end up underexposing it. To counteract that, I set my camera to overexpose by 2/3 of a stop, which also helped bring out some details in the dark parts of the trees that might otherwise have been lost.

 

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith explores different camera techniques you can utilize when mounting your camera on a tripod.

Window on Texas, May 2012

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith shares photography tips to help you take pictures at sunset that have a sense of place.

Window on Texas, April 2012

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith demonstrates how to take crisp close-up pictures, even using a point-and-shoot camera.

Window on Texas, March 2012

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith shares some methods to improve the composition of your pictures. Recorded at Baylor University's Armstrong Browning Library in Waco, Texas.

Window on Texas, February 2012

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith starts a new series to share easy tips and tricks to take better pictures with whatever camera you may have available.

Window on Texas, January 2012

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When I compose an image, I like to imagine that the viewer is looking right over my shoulder,” says Texas Highways Photography Editor Griff Smith. “The picture has to tell the story on its own merit, without a caption.” The images shown on these pages, from Griff Smith’s Texas, an exhibit that opens March 5 at Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville, could well serve as a visual collection of short stories about the people and places of Texas.

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Lots of ranchers grew up thinking the only good snake is a dead snake. An enlightened few, though, are beginning to see diamonds in those diamondbacks–as well as money in mice, treasure in turtles, and a bonanza in butterflies.

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