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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Do you find yourself thinking something like this: “I’m doing everything right in the field, but my pictures just aren’t as sharp as I want. When I look around at others’ pictures, they are way sharper than mine. What am I doing wrong?” If so, you are not alone. I have thought that plenty of […]
If you are considering a new computer, you will want to make sure it can handle your photography needs. Even if you are content with your current machine, you might like to see how it measures up. How do you do that, when there are a million models out there? And if you start looking at […]
Today I would like to introduce you to a change you should make in your focus controls. This is a change you probably don’t think you need. Even after I tell you about it, you might not think it terribly useful. But it is. People I have taught have consistently pointed to this change as […]
If you haven’t done it before, photographing fireworks might appear difficult. It really isn’t though. As support for that statement, I point you to the image above. I am pretty happy with it, but I took it many years ago, very early in my photo career, with basic entry-level equipment. So this is definitely something […]
In a sense, photographing the Milky Way is easy. Composition is easy since the subject is obviously the Milky Way and you just aim at that. Your choice of lens/focal length is simple because you always shoot with your widest focal length to minimize the movement in the stars. Even your exposure settings are simple because […]
In a prior article, I showed you the mechanics of focus and how to go about using it in your outdoor photography. In this video, I walk through some pictures to show you how I put those techniques to work in my own photos. Hopefully this gives you some ideas on where to focus in your […]
When it comes to choosing the mode to use on your camera, the two choices that virtually everyone (myself included) recommends are either Manual mode (M on the mode dial) or Aperture Priority mode (A or Av). The rationale for Manual mode is that, while it is surely the slowest one to set and use, […]
I previously wrote an article with some overall travel planning tips for photographers. These were primarily tools to help you find the best locations and shots. As I have taken more and more trips in recent years, however, I have discovered a few more. Some of these relate to the finding of photographs, and some […]
I’ve created a new mini-course that I call “A Flying Leap into Lightroom.” It is designed for those just getting started with Lightroom. You can learn all about it and watch the videos on this page. Enjoy!