Recently, I have judged a few photo competitions. In doing so, I found myself making the same comments over and over again. It was helpful to me because I now think I have a clearer understanding of what you are struggling with in your photography (whether you know it or not) and how you can […]
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Everyone wants to make big prints, and for the last few years that is something I have been doing a lot of. I have been making aluminum prints to display at art fairs that are, at a minimum, 36 inches long, going up to about 72 inches long (although I have gone to 96 inches […]
It often gets said that “you can take a great photograph anywhere.“ I actually take issue with this statement, even though I acknowledge it is probably technically correct. Is it possible to take a great photograph anywhere? Sure, I suppose it is possible. It is just that it is extremely difficult and very unlikely in […]
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 […]
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 […]