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Tips for HDR Night Photography to Retain Maximum Image Detail

Night photography is fun but can be challenging to retain all the detail in your scene. Try a combination of long exposures and HDR with these tips.

Painting With Light To Create Dynamic Night Photography: Advanced Techniques

Click the title of the article to read this post on Improve Photography, which includes all media files mentioned.My previous article, “A Beginner’s …

Light is KING! 10 Tips on Handling Light in Street and Urban Photography

If it wasn’t for light, there wouldn’t be such thing as photography, right? Yes! For some – light is one of the most important ingredients of the …

Landscape Photography

Shooting Night Photography with Kodak Portra: Things to Consider

Doing night photography or shooting in low light is pretty easy when you’re using digital gear, but it’s certainly more challenging to do when you …

14 Helpful Lightroom Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Photo Editing

Adobe Lightroom is an app that’s filled with all kinds of helpful features that can make life easier for you once you learn they exist. Here’s a …

Photo Editing

5 Clever Noise Reduction Techniques in Photoshop

Applying noise reduction to your images can be a real science. Any tool you use is faced with the almost impossible task of getting rid of the noise …

Crop, Full Frame, and Medium Format: Can You Tell the Difference?

Here’s an 11-minute video in which landscape photographer Thomas Heaton looks at how much the camera you shoot with <i>really</i> matters for the vast …

Cameras

Sharpening in Photoshop – The Complete Guide

Sharpening is one of those things in post-processing that makes a lot of people scratch their heads. There are multiple sharpen tools in Photoshop, …

Understanding Your Camera's Internal Light Meter and Metering Modes

Understanding the internal light meter of my camera is one of the best skills I've ever learned. It helps me to shoot in fully manual mode, so that I …

How to Fix Overexposed Photos with the Help of Adobe Lightroom

How to Fix Overexposed Photos in Lightroom<p>Rating:<p>3.50 based on 2 Ratings<p>June 30, 2017 By Taya Ivanova<p>How to Fix Overexposed Photos in Lightroom …

Simple Techniques for Adding Contrast to an Image in Lightroom

We all take flat, lifeless looking images from time to time. Poor light or weather or even shooting Raw can give us images that lack contrast and …

How to shoot urban landscapes during the ‘blue hour’

<b>Award-winning photographer Matt Parry offers tips for getting the best from cityscapes and how to make the most of 'blue hour' light</b><p>Millions of …

Landscape Photography

Our 113 Most Useful Links for Photographers

One of the wonderful things about the photography world are how many people put in countless talent online to serve the industry. This ranges from an …

We Need More Than Self-Care; We Need Healing, Too

Black folks have always faced an existential dilemma in the U.S. The constant drum of violence on our bodies and our dignity leaves an impression on …

A Massive 30-Part Guide to Retouching Photos in Photoshop

Want a crash course in retouching photos in Photoshop? Here’s a 4-part video series that clocks in at 4.5 hours in total, making it a very …

How to Use the Auto Mask Feature in Lightroom to Target Your Edits

Did you know that Lightroom has powerful smart masking features that can help you target your adjustments to specific parts of your photo? The …

5 Simple Solutions for Anterior Knee Pain

Patella-femoral pain syndrome, otherwise known as PFPS, is characterized by recurring pain and irritation in the front of the knee, typically …

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Take 2 Minutes to Flatten Your Abs With This Ultrafast Workout

With slider discs (or wash cloths or paper plates), and just a small amount of space to move, you'll whip through this lightning-fast ab workout, targeting your obliques, lower abs, and that "six-pack zone."<p>Four moves, 30 seconds each, and you don't even have to stand up — all these moves are on …

The Ricoh GRII: The Best Camera 2017

As of 2017, I think the best camera for photography is the <b>Ricoh GR II</b>.<p>First of all; this is just my opinion. Now that we have that out of the way, …

Cameras

12 tips to free up storage space on your Android phone or tablet

Many people save cash by opting for the lower-storage model when they buy a new Android smartphone or tablet. Manufacturers tend to overcharge for …

Apps

Revealed: The ‘secret’ Netflix codes to unlock new shows and movies

A batch of secret Netflix codes are allowing thousands of users to unlock a range of extra shows and movies.<p>With over 86 million subscribers, …

Lightroom Shortcuts for Culling Your Photos

Almost any photographer will admit that they prefer the moments spent in the field with camera in hand over the hours spent behind a computer …

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 …

A Beginner's Guide to Using Aperture Priority Mode

Aperture priority mode on your DSLR is one of the things that most photographers have to use at some time or other. But one of the most confounding …

How to Isolate Subjects in a Photograph: 8 Creative Tactics for Photographers

The world has so much clutter, so much noise that it’s hard to break out of that and stand out. It’s the same with photos. To properly communicate …

How to Make the Best of Low Light Using Slow Shutter Speed: 6 Stunning Effects

Photographing in low light is often accomplished using a long shutter speed. To be able to use faster shutter speeds, you need lenses with wider …

The Coolest Collection of Photography Links from Around the Web

With another week passing us by, we find Toad Hollow Photography searching the internet for links to the very best tutorials, special features, …

5 Quick Tips to Instantly Up Your Photo Game

After sharing his 8 camera hacks in 90 seconds, Toronto-based photographer Peter McKinnon is back again with another helpful video for beginners. In …