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5 Ways to Take Better Smartphone Photos

When you think about smartphone photography what comes to mind? My guess is you probably think about Instagram, photo filters, bad selfies and any …

Mobile Photography

Documentary Photography - Six Tips for Creating a Legacy

We’ve all gone through times in our lives where we’ve lost loved ones. As a portrait photographer I would get calls all the time for “Urgent” family …

Photography

Mastering Monochrome Mode

Andrew S. Gibson is the author of Mastering Photography: A Beginner’s Guide to Using Digital Cameras. One of the benefits of digital photography that …

Photography

Add Impact to Your Photos by Including Shadows

In music they say the spaces between the notes are just as important as the notes themselves. Similarly in photography, it can be the spaces that are …

Digital Photography

Composition and the Power of Line

Lines are all around us in photography. Conscious use of line can add depth or dynamism to your composition. Let me show you what I mean. Take a look …

Digital Photography

How to Gain Your Client’s Trust as a Photographer

There are a lot of things that make for a great photographer. Understanding composition, light, and the technique required to make a great picture …

Photography

The Portfolio of Bokeh eBook: A Monograph on Shallow Depths

One of our writers, Christopher O’Donnell, has released his second eBook entitled <i>The Portfolio of Bokeh: A Monograph on Shallow Depths in Landscape</i> …

eBooks

New HOYA HD2 Series Filters: UV Filter, Protector and High-Trans Circular Polarizer

The new HOYA HD2 series filters make its debut, as announced by Kenko, Tokina U.S.A. Among the features of the new series are a UV filter, a …

Cameras

How to Improve Your Cityscape Photographs

A dramatic cityscape is one of the powerful images we have in photography. It can convey a sense of wonder, power and beauty, often all three …

Useful Photography Tip #52: How Aperture Affects Your Flash Exposure

Your flash and your lens’s aperture are directly correlated. First off, know that your shutter speed generally controls the ambient light in an …

‘Can I Take Your Picture?’: How to Talk to Strangers Without Upsetting Your Mother

Photographing strangers can be a daunting proposition. It was one of the focuses of the workshops I held in NYC this past summer. What if they get …

Five Creative Ways to Enhance Your Sunrise and Sunset Photographs

The light of sunrises and sunsets – commonly referred to as the “golden hours” – provides a stunning blanket of light that can transform the …

Learning to See, Part X

The limitations in your photography are in yourself. –Ernst Haas Diagonal lines, as we learned in our entry, are the subliminal connectors that keep …

Learning

How to Find Time for Your Photography Passion

Time is most definitely a precious commodity and is something that most of us can find scarce. If we are not seasoned pro photographers, and most of …

Landscape Photography

Creating Images from Audio Files

“A sound-form makes the audible, visible.”<p>Science class taught us that sound is defined by mechanical vibrations which can travel through air, water …

Music Production

5 Easy Ways To Screw Up a Photo

Over the years I’ve screwed more photos than I can count. And recently, when I was thinking about it, there have been a few constants behind many of …

Digital Photography

In-Depth: The New Fujifilm X100s

<i>UPDATE: I recorded a ~40-min webcam walk-thru of the camera's best features and how to use them at the bottom of the post.</i><p>Short Version: It's a …

How to Use Sunset Light to Light Portraits

Sunset is arguably the most beautiful time of day for portrait light. But you don’t want to simply take your subject outside and start shooting. Take …

Digital Photography

Aperture: Get Creative

Focusing on ApertureThe primary purpose of the aperture setting is to regulate the amount of light that passes through the lens. Along with the …

Depth Of Field

Review: LightCraft Workshop DigiPro HD Vari-ND Filter

LightCraft Workshop has produced some very good variable ND filters that were all rated very highly on this site. Recently, they released their …

Lightroom 4 Virtual Copies 101

Introduction This tutorial has been transcribed from the SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Workshop on DVD, a 14 hour Lightroom 4 A – Z guide with over 130 …

Tutorials

Sharpen Your Images With Some Useful Photoshop Techniques

Sharpening your images is a bit of a science and there are quite a few aspects that need to be considered. You can sharpen for printing, for web …

Using the Fujifilm X100s for Street Photography

We’ve been working on the Fujifilm X100s review for almost a month now, and we have to say that the camera is really quite the awesome piece of …

Decline of the Eastern Civilization

“Abandoned Factory.” All Images © Tamas Dezso<p>Budapest based photographer Tamas Dezso says he began the series “Romania,” to photograph the scenes of …

15 Cool Pictures of Flying Cats

Although cats can’t actually fly like birds do, their ability to leap incredible distances can make them seem like flying animals. Especially if you …

Pets

Shoot Hazy and Ethereal Photos Using a Sandwich Bag and Colored Markers

Photographer Jesse David McGrady has a super simple trick for adding a hazy, ethereal effect to your photographs: wrap a plastic sandwich bag around …

Interesting Photo of the Day: Baby Lion Walks Proud

A good part of wildlife photography has to do with being in the right place at the right time. Whether it’s from an educated hypothesis or random …

When To Shoot Black And White

When I first started out on this road of endless expense that is photography I spent many hours musing over the merits of black & white. There is no …

10 Tips To Get Over Photographer’s Block

Going through a creative rut can be frustrating, and sometimes scary, but it is usually temporary. Photographer’s block can happen to you at any …

Photography