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5 days ago
Are the pictures you shoot with your mobile device feeling uninspired or lacking in direction or focus? If so, perhaps it’s time to consider taking a macro approach. In other words—explore photography magnified.   The root of the word “macro” refers to something long or large in scope, yet in this case, it refers to making small things look bigger. A macro image is generally distinguished by...
6 days ago
It is probably safe to say that many of us photographers have, either with our cameras or smartphones, tried to capture a close-up image of an insect, flower, toy, or other object. We have an idea of what we want this photograph to look like as we prepare to capture the image. We have seen and admired beautiful close-up images before but, when we nose the camera lens up to the object, the camera...
1 week ago
In the last macro photography segment, we looked at three easy ways to get into macro photography: macro lenses, extension tubes, and close-up filters. As with most things photographic, there are many different ways to accomplish a single task, and...
Three Ways to Do Macro Photography
1 week ago
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to expand your photographic horizons is to use your camera to explore the world on a very small scale. Close-up, or macro photography, can turn everyday objects into visually interesting images and bring a new dimension to your photography...
1 week ago
The “Green Movement” has influenced manufacturers in the photographic community for quite some time. Lead and arsenic, a pair of heavy metals that contribute to the “character” and performance of optical glass, have been collectively called industrial poisons for decades. Beginning in the late 1990s, lead and arsenic were slowly phased out of formulas for lens elements and replaced by...
1 week ago
Architectural photography is both an art and an exacting craft. Unlike most genres of photography, in which level horizon lines and correction for keystone and parallax distortions are secondary issues, architectural photography requires a disciplined workflow and a keen sense of design. The following eight items are tools I find extremely valuable for photographing the exteriors and interiors of...
2 weeks ago
So, you are a photographer looking to finally immortalize your work in print, or your parents have been bugging you for some nice family portraits since you picked up a new camera. Either way, one of the most critical components is the paper or media on which you choose to print, since each has its own unique look and feeling, which it imparts onto your images. If you are new to the whole process...
1 month ago
When working with flash lighting, it is rarely the case that bare-bulb flash is the ideal choice for lighting subjects, especially when those subjects are wedding participants and your objective is to create inviting, flattering light. Flash can be modified in a number of ways, which all effectively diffuse and redirect the initial light source into a broader, more aesthetically pleasing source...
1 month ago
Two-sided debates have always consumed the photographic industry, be it film versus digital, primes versus zooms, or manual versus automatic. It is only fitting that the latest developments in camera design have spawned a new conversation: DSLR or mirrorless. Photographers old and new are asking the question, “Should I go mirrorless?” and, as we look forward to 2016, a definitive answer has only...
2 months ago
Sometimes, the phrases, acronyms and strings of numbers or number-letter combinations used to identify photographic hardware or techniques can be daunting to the uninitiated neophyte photographer. We've prepared a list of the basic terms. Have we left any out that you think should be added? Please let us know! 2K 2K is a 17:9 format, defined by the Digital Cinema Initiatives, is a resolution of...
2 months ago
As complementary as peanut butter is to jelly, the camera and tripod are an age-old pairing that still manages to maintain relevance and unmatched functionality in a world dominated by image stabilization and Photoshop tricks. While the form and function of a tripod is far simpler to understand than the scrolling menus of today’s feature-packed DSLRs, it can still be a chore to choose the right...
2 months ago
As cameras continue to evolve and impress, their newest features often play to the fast-paced multimedia world. For landscape photographers, the ability to minimize or eliminate the time it takes to print an image or display it online can have limited use, and tends to overshadow a range of core camera functions that appeal to our genre of photography. Landscape photography can arguably be one of...
2 months ago
Lens selection is a highly personal choice for most photographers. Your client base, shooting style, and cost, all factor in directly when you're deciding how to build a kit intelligently. Wedding photographers need a diverse assortment, given the expectation that they must cover such a broad range of subject matter in one day’s work. As a working professional, the natural progression is to begin...
2 months ago
I love tough cameras. So much high-tech finery is protected by a thin plastic case and when that casing breaks—and it will—the whole system risks collapse. “Tough" cameras fly in the face of this trend and have earned a category unto themselves with a simple and befitting name to match. These cameras share core features—underwater capability, shock and cold resistance, basic internal memory, but...
2 months ago
When assembling a kit of lenses for photographing a wedding, one should take into consideration the location in which the wedding is taking place, the number of guests and, of course, the type of imagery you are seeking to create. To best represent a wedding in a dynamic manner, it is often preferable to have a range of lenses to achieve different perspectives of the event, rather than...

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