If you want to take amazing portraits with complete control over your flash unit, this article is not for you. That is way beyond what we are going to do here. Rather, this article is for those that want to “run and gun” with a flash unit (think wedding photographer at the reception). It is […]
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Most people are using Lightroom to edit their photos at this point. We’ve also seen the rise of non-Adobe products like Luminar, Capture One, and other alternatives. These will all do much of what we all used to use Photoshop for, and in many cases they are all the photographer really needs to dramatically improve […]
Bracketing is one of the most useful tools in digital photography. In this video we go beyond auto exposure bracketing (AEB) to see how you can take control of the process to make your pictures even better.
In this video tutorial, you’ll learn techniques to make your camera create files that rival – or exceed – those created by more expensive cameras with larger sensors.
What is the real impact of different sensor sizes? It can be confusing. You’ve probably run into photographers that look down their noses at anything but full frame cameras. At the same time, you may have heard from evangelists out there shouting about the greatness of micro 4/3 cameras. So what impact does sensor size […]
Most of the advice you hear in the photography world tends to push you into buying a super-expensive tripod. Usually that means spending $1000 or more. That seems excessive to me, and I think you can get an excellent tripod that will suit all your needs for much less. I recommend something in the range […]
If you are not familiar with neutral density filters, I can promise you that adding one to your arsenal will dramatically impact your photography. It puts you in control of the water, whether that is the waves of an ocean, currents in a creek, or the appearance of a downtown fountain. It also allows you […]
Dynamic range is a topic that I have discussed here a lot. The reason for that is that it is really important to the outdoor photographer. You face the problem of a really bright sky and a dark foreground almost all the time. We’ve talked about dynamic range in the context of the camera, including […]
There is perhaps nothing better than getting a great shot of the Milky Way. With the Milky Way in your shot, you are almost guaranteed a great photo. The cluster of stars gives you a ready-made center of interest for any picture. Plus it is just cool. And they are fun to take. But if […]
Very often, outdoor photography involves the pursuit of pictures that are sharp front to back. Sometimes, however, you’ll want photos with blurred backgrounds. This helps isolate your subject, and can look very cool in the right circumstances. It is common practice (or at least it should be) when it comes to including people and wildlife […]
A simple, safe, and cheap backup strategy to use on the road I want to admit something at the outset: I hate spending money on backup and data storage. I refuse to buy expensive things like drobos or raid drives. Buying that stuff does absolutely nothing to advance your photography. There is nothing you can […]
Today we have a guest post by Max Therry. He’s an architect with an art school background who is now devoting more of his life to photography. Check out his work over at Photo Geeky. The golden hour is not only one of the most beautiful times of the day, it’s the absolute best time […]
When I look back to my first photography trip to Ireland, I get pretty unhappy with myself. Looking at my pictures, I can see that there were a lot of opportunities present in the scenes I was photographing, but I just didn’t follow up on them. There were panoramas I should have taken, but I […]
You can do more to improve your photos using Lightroom than you can from any camera or lens upgrade. So before you rush out and spend thousands of dollars in your quest for better pictures, why not take the time and learn to drastically improve your pictures using Lightroom? Let me show you how on […]
Recently, I took the plunge and picked up a copy of Luminar 2018. I spent some time going through it this weekend. I thought I would write about my impressions of it for those who are unfamilar with Luminar or who have been considering it but haven’t yet taken the plunge. This will look like […]