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Manual Settings for Beginner Photographers

Recently an intern joined me and drove me up the wall with questions about manual settings for photogra​​phy. Questions like ​”What zoom range should …

Shutter Speed

How to Create a Double Exposure Portrait Using Photoshop

The artistic effect created by compositing images in a double exposure is certainly nothing new, but the masking techniques learned in constructing …

Tutorials

How to Use Your Camera’s Histogram to Get Perfect Exposures Every Time (VIDEO)

How often do you use your camera’s histogram while out shooting? If the answer is “never,” you’re ignoring a powerful tool that can help you get …

Capture the Beauty of Long Exposures with Your Camera’s Live View Mode and an ND Filter (VIDEO)

Greg Benz is a Minneapolis-based photographer known for his stunning landscape and cityscape images, and he creates some real magic by using his …

The best microSD cards for your phone, GoPro, or Nintendo Switch

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Sometimes the storage that's built into a device just doesn't cut it — That's where microSD cards come in to expand your device's …

Nintendo Switch

The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

How important is exposure in photography? What are the components of exposure? What is the “Exposure Triangle”? These are the questions I will …

Shutter Speed

Photography in the Fog

Fog can be one of the most beautiful weather phenomena, but it can be surprisingly difficult to photograph. The light levels are misleading and …

Getting out of Auto: Understanding Shutter Speed

We've already looked at the importance of understanding ISO and aperture if you want to get your camera out of its automatic setting and start being …

Shutter Speed

How to Photograph the Moon

The moon is 238,900 miles from earth.In the vast majority of moon photos taken by amateurs, the moon looks like it’s that far away!There’s plenty of …

Getting out of Auto: Understanding Aperture

If you want to get creative with your photography, and out of that all-too-tempting automatic mode, you'll need to get your head around a few key …

How to Remove Tourists from Your Photos in Photoshop

Most photographers have been in a situation where the only thing standing between their camera and a breathtaking scene happens to be a handful of …

Tutorials

Essential Lenses Of The Pros

<b>Everyone has one.</b> It’s the lens you never leave at home. No matter what, this is the one you have in your bag, and more often than not, it’s the one …

Top Photography Tips From Our Best Selling eBooks (Part 2)

Here’s part 2 of our Black Friday tips series. Click here for part 1.<p><b>Composition is Like Leading a Pony with a Rope</b><p><i>(Tip from the</i> <i>Advanced Composition</i> …

Fuji X Falling In Love: Follow-Up

NSFW I won't go crazy with another 1000+ word post but I wanted to clarify or explain my point regarding the influence gear has on dynamics between …

Are (ALL) Your Camera's Auto-Mode Settings Good For Your Photography?

Can You Believe We Have 6 Reasons to Ignore Your Camera’s Auto Modes?<p>We have come a long way in a <i>few decades</i>. Yes, we're talking cameras here …

Get the most out of your new D-SLR Camera with These 12 Essential Photo Accessories | shopswell

So, you just forked over the money for your first D-SLR. If you're relatively new to photography, there are a bunch of things you'll need to get the …

Cool Stuff

3 Stunning French Recipes Claude Monet Would Cook at Home in Giverny

The Impressionist painter Claude Monet has become almost synonymous with his series of paintings of water lilies, but of course he painted many masterworks on various subjects, including mouthwatering still lifes of food, one of his passions, as befits a Frenchman.<p>A genial host, Monet, once …

19 Beautiful Bookstores You Need To Visit In America

Bookshop road trip, anyone?

Books

23 Alton Brown Recipes You Have to Try ASAP

Alton Brown recipes are always a good idea, because the Food Network chef knows a thing or two (million) about food. The <b>Cutthroat Kitchen</b> host and longtime TV favorite is known for treating cooking like science (nitrus oxide cold brew, anyone?), and his vast culinary knowledge makes his recipes …

Alton Brown

Aputure's versatile new light is the size of a credit card and costs only $49

Small lights are fantastic and well designed ones are extremely versatile. Whether you’re shooting stills or video, you can throw them in dark …

Seven Reasons Why I’m Still a Nikon DSLR User

<b>Plus Three Reasons Why I Could be Convinced to Move On</b><i><br>Update: since this article got multiple mentions elsewhere and discussions about it have ensued</i> …

How to Take Control of Aperture and Create Stronger Photos

The focal length of the lens you use, combined with the aperture setting, determines how the camera sees whatever you point it at. This has profound …

Fabulous Fall Foliage in Full Bloom: Pictures

A Brief History of Color Photography, From Dream to Reality

When photographing the world around us, the property of color is likely something most people tend to take for granted. We expect our cameras to …

19 Savory Pumpkin Seed Recipes to Make This Season

A great pumpkin pie recipe paired with a seasonal latte is an autumn dream. But even with all our PSLs and pumpkin love, we’ve been neglecting an integral part of our beloved gourd — the seeds! Yes, they’re all goopy and gross when you’re scooping them out to make a jack-o’-lantern, but did you …

Healthy Eating

These 1800s Cartoons Poked Fun at Photography

Poet Edgar Allan Poe had glowing things to say about photography after it exploded onto the scene in the mid-1800s. Other commentators in those days …

8 Essential Tips for More Interesting City Shots

Shooting in urban environments is both fun and challenging: you are presented with the opportunity to engage in a wide range of photographic styles — …

FLIF is a New Free Lossless Image Format That Raises the Compression Bar

Every so often, a new image format comes to town and attempts to overthrow the established order of how images (and photos) are saved and shared. In …

5 Common File Types in Photography and When You Should Use Each One

You’ve spent the last few hours working on the perfect photo shoot and everything went better than you could have possibly imagined. After importing …