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The Secrets to Using Bounced Light to Make Your Photos Pop

In the pursuit of photography, light is everything. But, sometimes we're put into situations where the available light isn't very good, or it isn't …

10 Daily Routines For Honing Your Creativity

If your daily routine doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, consider adapting these habits of famously creative thinkers.<p>Creativity can be as elusive as it is rewarding. Inspiration usually lies just beyond the intellect’s reach, sparking our best work and sneaking away when we need it …

10 Reasons to Ditch Your Softbox for a Light Panel

So you want to create soft, beautiful light? One of the first light modifiers that comes to your mind is probably the tried and tested softbox. But, …

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7 times you should ignore your camera’s light meter

Your camera’s light meter usually does a good job of assessing brightness and recommending sensible exposure settings, but there are some times when …

Landscape Photography

10 Huge Factors That Affect Image Sharpness

It’s not stretching the truth much – if at all – to say that creative people are die-hard perfectionists when it comes to their work. It doesn’t …

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

Which is Right For You: Lightroom or Photoshop (or Both)?

Effective post processing brings the image taken in the field to life on the computer screen. There are a number of tools available, each having …

Interview: Martin Schoeller Shares His Journey and Advice for Aspiring Photographers

Alison Zavos of <i>Feature Shoot</i> recently had the opportunity to sit down with renowned portrait photographer Martin Schoeller to pick his brain. What …

Understanding the Sunny 16 Rule

Once upon a time during the film era of photography…photographers had to keep a light meter handy at all times so they could take readings to get …

Landscape Photography

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Shooting Raw

You’ve seen it on the spec sheets for cameras you considered purchasing, you’ve read about it on one photography blog after another, and you’ve heard …

Understanding the Human Eye and How To Retouch it Naturally

I can assure you that this isn't another boring tutorial on how not to overdo eyes with Photoshop. Searching for the perfect method has come to an …

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10 Reasons Why You Should Use Manual Focus

Years ago, photographers would observe a scene through their viewfinder and turn the focusing ring slowly to bring the scene into focus. Much has …

How I Drastically Improved My Photography with Just Two Little Decisions

The question I get asked the most is: “Wow, nice pic! Which camera are you using?” Does that sound familiar? In the past, every time I heard this …

How to Use Spot Metering & AE Lock on a Digital Camera

As a photographer, the chances of being familiar with the terms spot metering and AE lock are relatively great. They are common features on most DSLR …

10 Tips for Photographing the Natural World

From the tiniest mushroom to the gigantic mountains, nature encompasses everything. Trees, rivers, mountains, leaves, flowers, fruits, soil – …

How to Use Continuous Lighting for Basic Portraiture

This is the second part of my series on continuous lighting. In part one, we discussed a few types of artificial continuous lighting that you can use …

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Do You Know These 10 Selection Tools in Adobe Photoshop?

When it comes to localized image editing, Photoshop is probably a photographer’s best choice among different post-processing software. The beauty and …

7 Reasons Why You Should Choose Portrait Format for Non-Portraits

Portrait format, sometimes called vertical format is for portraits, right? Well, of course many portraits are shot in that format but not all. By the …

How to Use Neutral Density Filters to Create Artistic Photos

Neutral density filters add artistry and mood to images. In addition to circular polarizing filters, it is another frequent go-to tool used by …

Landscape Photography

Why Curves is One of the Most Powerful Tools in Photoshop

To a novice photographer, Photoshop can seem daunting with its countless tools. To many experienced photographers, Photoshop’s curves can bring …

Tutorials

How to Become Familiar With Your Camera and Never Miss a Shot

It doesn't matter whether you are shooting with a Canon, Nikon or Hasselblad, your camera should be a part of you. You need to know your camera …

Going Deep: 7 Features Hidden Inside Your Camera's Menu System That You Should Know

For a photographer brought up on steam powered film cameras, modern day DSLRs seem like science fiction to me. Fifteen years ago, camera functions …

Photography

How to Get Sharper Eyes in Your Portraits

A good portrait draws the viewer in to the subject, creating a connection between the two. It should provoke thought and intrigue, making you wonder …

Landscape Photography

Create Perfect Portraits in Lightroom Using These 6 Classic Retouch Techniques

With portraiture, what you see is not always what you want to get. Even the very best portrait with the perfect model will often need some form of …

How I Made Myself a DIY Spider Light for $40

I recently made myself a DIY Spider Light as a thrifty alternative to the Spiderlite that costs hundreds of dollars. The entire project ended up …

The Sunny 16 Rule – how to take photos without the use of a light-meter

<i>On a sunny day, from spring to autumn, from mid morning to mid afternoon, the correct exposure for any subject is f/16; the according shutter speed</i> …

A Beginner’s Guide to Working With Flash Off-Camera

I spent the first three years of my photography career avoiding the use of speedlights off-camera because I couldn’t wrap my head around the concepts …

Landscape Photography

Inside TOMS Headquarters, LA's Secret Hiking Trails, Smashbox's Makeover

<b>VENICE:</b> Come explore the epic TOMS headquarters in Venice.. The footwear brand's playground-like working space features a slide, Pilates classes, and even baristas.<p><b>CITYWIDE:</b> Here's a handy guide to LA's secret, celebrity-free hiking trails. Highlights include Chumash Trail in Simi Valley and Eagle …

7 photography tips you’ve never heard before

If you’re after photography tips, then Digital Camera World has everything you need. As you know, we’ve built up an extensive archive of photography …

Landscape Photography

Why Aperture Priority is the Most Preferred Shooting Mode by Photographers

Photographers have their own shooting preferences. Some like using flash, some don’t. Some love to play around with depth of field, while others want …