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28 Steps to the Perfect Sony a7 III Setup

The highly-welcomed Sony a7 III is here and I am sharing the 28 steps I took to make it ready for use. This may sound like a repeat of a similar Sony …

Nikon Lenses on Sony Cameras with Auto-focus | Three Adapters Tested

Because of the short flange distance of Fuji and Sony mirrorless, adapting lenses from another system is relatively easy. When switching to these …

3 Must-Have Apps For Black-And-White Photography

Black-and-white photography shouldn't be used only for aesthetic reasons, but for utilitarian purposes. By keeping ourselves from the distractions …

A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Stars With (or Without) Trails

When you're just starting out in photography, it's easy to get yourself stuck in a rut doing things that become comfortable and familiar.This can …

Landscape Photography

Checklist for landscape photographers: 27 points you shouldn’t forget

Has it happened to you that you arrive on location for landscape shots and realize you forgot to do or bring something? Landscape photographer Toma …

The Simple Art of Low Angle Composition - 4 Tips You Already Knew

Shooting at a Low Angle for Awesome Composition!<p>The first question we need to address is, <i>why take photos from a low angle</i>?<p>If we want to make a new …

9 Common Photography Mistakes — And How to Fix Them

If you're an amateur photographer, you've probably wondered how to get your pictures to look as good as the ones pros take. But there are a number of …

Quick Tip: Use Lightroom to Figure Out What Your Next Prime Lens Should Be

Have you ever asked yourself what the best focal length for your first (or your next) prime lens should be? If you use mostly zoom lenses, Adobe …

Improve Your Images with the Lightroom Graduated Filter Tool

The Lightroom Graduated Filter is a versatile tool for making local adjustments to your photos. Don’t be fooled by the name – it may be named after a …

20 Of The Best Photo Editing Apps For Mobile Devices

Every day more than 350 million Facebook photos and 95 million Instagram photos are shared. When we share photos with our family and friends, we want them to look good. This is why apps that allow you to edit photos have become very popular.<p>There are many choices of apps that have photo editing …

The perfect 4K USB-C monitor for your MacBook [Review]

The upcoming 2016 MacBook Pro is rumored to feature only USB-C ports, much like last year’s MacBook refresh.<p>If you’re hoping to get an external display to go with your shiny new laptop, right now the options are somewhat limited. Luckily, the stunning new LG Electronics 27UD88 monitor will provide …

Gear & Gadgets

Save yourself some money and learn how to clean your own sensor like a pro

Learning to clean your camera’s sensor is one of the most valuable skills a photographer can learn. At least when it comes to camera maintenance. …

Cleaning

How to Photograph the Milky Way in 12 Steps (With 6 Epic Examples)

I don’t recall ever meeting anyone who claimed to not be fascinated to some degree by the night sky. There’s just something hypnotic about gazing …

Landscape Photography

Simple Photography Tips | Uncommon And Essential Camera Settings

Your first camera can be a daunting thing. So daunting in fact, that even the more experienced amongst us have neglected certain useful, perhaps even</i> …

A $1,000 Day in Tokyo for $100

I walked out of Tokyo Station, the big commuter hub in the city’s Chiyoda district, and turned to look up at its gorgeous brick facade. I was lost. I couldn’t find the Tokyo Station Hotel — a well-reviewed luxury property that was renovated in 2012. My mistake, it turned out, was leaving the train …

Camera Settings for a Sunset Photo

<b>Focal length:</b> When you’re photographing a compelling landscape at sunset, choose a wide-angle focal length between 24mm and 35mm. The sun will be …

Landscape Photography

How to Photograph Stars | 7 Essential Night Photography Tips

Look up at the sky on a clear night with minimal light pollution and you’ll see a blanket of stars. It’s magical and mind-blowing to think just how …

Landscape Photography

13 Photography Channels on YouTube You Should Follow

If you’re looking for videos to watch to quench your thirst for photography, YouTube has a great selection. If you’ve never really poked around …

How to Get the Perfect Crop Ratio in Lightroom

Iceland<p>Are you struggling to crop your pictures so that they look their best and fit into one of the standard crop ratios? When cropping a picture, …

Tutorials

Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Chicken and vegetables seasoned with sage, rosemary and balsamic vinegar, then baked in the oven. A delicious healthy meal-in-one.<br>Adapted from my …

P Mode on Digital SLR Cameras

It seems that some folks are determined to make photography more difficult than it has to be. You might hear some photographers say, <i>“I only shoot</i> …

Shutter Speed

How to Achieve Fast Autofocus In Low Light Situations

Getting accurate Autofocus must be one of the most frustrating things an event or wedding photographer deals with on a daily basis. How many times …

Cameras

8 Tips for Any Photographer Using Any Camera

As 2016 gets underway, I’d like to share 8 tips on how to take and make better images. To prove that this has nothing to do with how much fancy gear …

Landscape Photography

Andy Lai

Do This 52 Week Photography Challenge to Improve Your Skills in 2016

If you’re looking to get better at photography in 2016, one great option is to do a 52-week photography challenge that forces you to complete regular …

How to Understand and Use Lightroom’s Loupe Info Overlay

The Lightroom Loupe Info Overlay feature provides valuable information about your photos. Used intelligently it can help you find your photos, and …

Tutorials

Olympus 25mm f/1.8 Lens Review - Less Gear

If you told me that I had restrict myself to one prime lens from my kit for a whole week of vacation, the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 would be the easy …

These Amazing Photography Links Will Keep You Busy for a While

As another week flies by us all we find Toad Hollow Photography searching all the known corners of the internet, looking for links to the best …

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens Review by Fotoinfo

New 24-70 VR Vs. old 24-70<p>The new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 E ED VR lens (Amazon | B&H Photo Video | Adorama) was announced last week, and will …