Midhun Balakrishnan

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July 2015

First Impressions: Sony A7 Mk II

Meet Sony’s 4th full frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera: the Sony A7 Mk II. The camera is sort of being billed as the successor to the A7: …

15 Pictures That Will Change The Way You See The World

A selection from the amazing finalists of the Smithsonian.com's 12th annual photo contest.

Panasonic Lumix GH4 gears up for 4K

Though it feels like a long time since Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-GH3, in truth it's only been a year and a half; it's the rate of technology …

Cameras

Backlight: Weekly Photography Challenge

This week we explored the technique of back lighting subjects in a blog post so thought it might make a good challenge topic. Backlighting is …

How to Take Great HDR Photography

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is one of the more exciting techniques in the world of digital photography. HDR is essentially a number of …

7 Creative Ideas to Spice Up Your Photography

Human beings are creatures of habit; we seek out patterns, we search for comfort and contentment, we settle into routines. These aren’t necessarily …

Waste Some Time With These 34 Great Photography Links

Join us as we check out this weeks list of epic photography links, curated by Toad Hollow Photography. This edition features a pair of tutorials, an …

What Camera Filters Do You REALLY Need?

In the days of film, filters were often regarded as essential tools for the photographer. These days, the likes of Photoshop and the use of third …

Basic Skin Smoothing in Photoshop

I’ve always said that the best Photoshop is the Photoshop you never even notice. I encourage my students to get it right in the camera, because my …

Street Photography

An In-Depth Look & Comparison of Canon 50mm Prime Lenses

Deciding which 50mm prime lens to buy can be daunting, considering the many different brands, apertures, and prices. Even after a photographer has …

Cameras

5 Important Tone Mapping Tips That Will Improve Your HDR

Tone mapping is at the heart of what most people consider to be HDR photography. Although we have a wonderful array of tone mapping software at our …

Wide Angle Photography Tips

Ahh…wide angle photography, probably one of the easiest types of photos to take, but also one of the hardest areas in which to excel. Have you ever …

Backyard Photography Tips

One of the most common questions I am asked at workshops is where I go to get my reference photos. Most people assume that I travel far and wide to …

Landscape Photography

Programmed Auto: A Helpful Overlooked Exposure Mode on DSLR Cameras

In order to be a truly creative photographer, you need to take your camera out of the automatic exposure modes and put it into either Programmed …

DSLR Cameras

3 Steps to Gorgeous Landscape Images

A Guest Contribution by Todd Sisson – author of our Landscape Photography and Landscape Photography Post Processing eBooks. During the writing of …

5 Tips for Capturing The Magic of Golden Hour Photography

One of the main things that all photographers strive for is to make their work stand out somehow. Obviously, there’s no shortage of photographers on …

How to Shoot Landscapes at Sunset

Sunsets are a huge draw for landscape photographers due to the unique light at the end of the day. Not only is the colour of the light attractive but …

Photography Basics: Qualities of Natural Light

We all know that we need light to take pictures. If you’re planning to take pictures outdoors during the daytime, you might believe that light is the …

Landscape Photography

Review: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM IS (Canon EF Mount)

Telephoto zooms have often been compared unfavorably to their fixed focal lengths equivalents. They are usually slower lenses not only in terms of …

Coal

A new study shows the deadly toll of air pollution from burning coal. China's social policy created a lingering north-south disparity in deaths from heart and lung disease.<p><b>Life expectancy in northern China was 5.5 years shorter than in southern China in the 1990s, and a health risk disparity</b> …

10 Photography Assignments to Stimulate Your Creativity

This article provides you with 10 photography self-assignments that you can use to get your own creative juices flowing. They’re designed to help you …

Review: Carl Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 (Sony)

As compact camera systems constantly improve, third-party lens manufacturers are finally taking the leap and expanding their lens offerings. After a …

Review: Unified Color HDR Expose 2

It’s been a while since HDR Expose 2 was first released, and we took a first look at the software a while back. HDR Expose 2 is a relatively …

Samsung NX300

Design and features<p>The NX300 has definitely been inspired by cameras of yesteryear in terms of looks, but not necessarily construction. Around the …

7 Beginner Tips For Sharper Photos

Scott Kelby, the author of many digital photography books says, <i>“If your photos aren’t sharp then the rest doesn’t matter.”</i> Key to any image is its …

Landscape Photography

Travel Photography Tips and Techniques

With travel photography you want to convey not only the scenes you have seen but also the feelings and emotions associated with the locations. The …

Photography Tips

How to Take Better Photos With Your EOS Camera

The marketing departments of the camera manufacturers would like you to believe that buying the latest versions of their digital cameras will make …

5 Tips For Capturing Great Street Portraits

It can be a bit daunting to go up to a stranger on the street and ask them to take their photo, but after a day or two it becomes addictive! Here are …

Photography: top tips for storing and viewing your images

<b>Safe storage</b><p>Apart from duds, keep your frames in safe, long-term storage: you never know when one might be useful, or more meaningful, in the future. …