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12 Tips for More Enjoyable Group Portraits

Group portraits, whether formal or informal, are always a big hit wherever friends and/or family are gathered. Weddings, family reunions, …

Useful Photography Tip #83: The Secrets Behind Making Your Images Look Sharper

<i>Want more Useful Photography Tips? Check them out here.</i><p>We recently received an email asking us about how we get our images to look expertly …

40 Tips to Take Better Photos

<b>Many years ago when I was a starry-eyed undergrad I would ask every photographer I came across the same question:</b><p>“How do I take better photos?”<p>I was …

Low Light Photography: How to Shoot Without a Tripod

Low Light Photography: How to Shoot Without a Tripod If you don't have your tripod with you, or you're trying to make do without one, you still have …

An Open Letter to Photography Thieves

Dear Photography Thieves,<p>I’ve always known you were out there, even in the days of film. In a photography world filled with negatives and prints, you …

10 essential time-saving Photoshop tips

Fast, fluent editing<p>One of the hallmarks of mastery is the ability to get more done with less effort. It can be a treat to watch somebody work with a …

Tutorials

"My Home" photo contest winners announced

December 19, 2013 /Photography News/ PictureCompete is very pleased to present the finalists in “My Home” photography competition.<p><b>First Place:</b> Daria …

18 Fun Examples of How Balloons Can Make Any Image Stand Out

What is it about balloons that such simple objects can add so much to our experience? Is it something to do with the nature of balloons themselves — …

Winter Photography: 12 Examples of How to Photograph the Cold Season

Winter is here! I am not talking about the motto of House Stark from Game of Thrones, but a reality. Days are shorter, nights are longer. …

How to Take Beautiful Bokeh Christmas Images [With 39 Stunning Examples]

Pin It It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… and in our forums I’ve noticed more and more great Christmas images being shared – some of which …

Photography

Secrets to Crafting Top-Quality Beauty Portraits: Studio Lighting

In this article I would like to share some of the basics and tips for those of you who enjoy shooting beauty portraits with controlled artificial …

Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX review

The Sigma AF 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is one of Sigma’s trio of f1.4 lenses for full-frame / FX format DSLRs; the other pair offer 35mm and 85mm focal …

A Sigma Holiday Lens Comparison Chart Packed Full of Fun Facts About Its Lineup

Here’s a cool holiday chart that only us photo types will appreciate. It was put together by Sigma Jack and Sigma’s in-house ‘design wiz’ Emi Erata, …

How to Successfully Photograph Your Christmas Tree

It's that time of year again where days are shorter and colder, snow starts falling, and it begins to look a lot like Christmas. With the holidays …

33 Gorgeous and Informative Photography Links

Another wonderful week has passed in the world of photography and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy searching for links to tutorials, special …

Landscape Photography

Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Lens Priced and Available for Pre-Order in the US

The much-anticipated 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lens from Tamron, which replaces its current 200-500mm, has officially gotten a US price and is now available …

The Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone Shoots 41MP RAW Images

Aesthetically, the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone is beautiful. One can also experience the quality of the PureView technology, Optical Image …

Top Photography Articles of the Year 2013

As the year ends and a new one begins, we looked back at what articles & topics attracted the most attention. Listed below are some of 2013’s most …

Photography

Winter Wedding Photography Tips

When I saw the headlights of a wedding car shining through the thick winter fog the other day, I knew the appointed photographer for that wedding …

How Do You Feel About Websites That Publicly Shame "Bad" Photography?

We have all seen our fair share of "bad" photos. There have been awkward poses, blown exposures, missed focus, questionable editing choices, and …

Finding the Silver Lining: Why It’s Actually a Great Time to Be a Photographer

Over the years I’ve tried to get better about reflecting on my work and life at the end of each year. Sure lots of people will claim to do this, but …

An Introduction to Tethering Your Camera to a Computer

Richard Harrington is the CEO of ThinkTAP and the Publisher of Photofocus.He is also the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based …

Capturing Dynamic Sky Activity Using Timelapse Sequences

If you enjoy photography that takes you on a vacation by just looking at it, you’re in for a treat! Photographer Andrew Walker spent the last year …

Are you Ready to be a Wedding Photographer?

Are you Ready to be a Wedding Photographer? - some questions to ask yourself if you've been asked to photograph a wedding. Are you ready?

Superzoom Battles: Canon Patents Nearly 100x Zoom PowerShot

A few days back, the folks over at Egami spotted a new Canon PowerShot patent that, unlike most, piqued many photographers’ interest. That’s because …

Portrait Tutorial Feast

Tutorials

How to Rescue a Drowned Camera

It was bound to happen, the inevitable calamity of my Canon 5D Mark II meeting its demise on one of my many death defying photo adventures. Did it …

Lips

Resources for Landscape Photography

Resources for Landscape Photography: ebooks and recent articles to help you take better landscape photographs

Everything You Need to Know About White Balance

The color of light can vary enormously, and this can have a big impact on the way your photographs look. From photographing in sunlight to shooting …

Landscape Photography

Awesome Links for Photographers to Browse Over a Coffee

Another terrific week in the field of photography has passed us by with some really gifted artists sharing their latest works and writing some …