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1 month ago
Getting great pictures of your newborn or infant is certainly not kid stuff. Indeed, the window of opportunity for coaxing a perfect expression and a picturesque pose from your little bundle of joy is fleeting, at best. For parents (and others) who aspire to capture such moments, user-friendly gear, highly functional accessories, and photogenic props can make all the difference. With this in mind...
1 month ago
In today’s fast-paced, constantly evolving world, it's tough to keep up with the latest photographic trends and gear options available. Many find it too overwhelming to do so and, instead, simply choose to relax in the comforts of tested, proven designs for photographic equipment. While they are not the latest and greatest by any means, here are ten tools or processes that hardly require any...
1 month ago
Yes, the selfie is firmly entrenched in the realm of mobile phone camera culture, but that does not mean your cell phone is the best tool for the job—it’s just usually the most convenient. Do you want your selfies to always be captured on tiny, tiny sensors through tiny, tiny lenses? You might, at first, say, “Yes, that is fine.” But think about it for a few minutes and realize that you want your...
1 month ago
Skill and patience aside, if you want to capture successful photographs of babies and newborns, it helps to have a camera with features that enable you to capture what are more often than not fleeting, unrepeatable moments in time. Attributes and features you should be looking for in a camera are quick autofocus and shutter-response times, wide-aperture optics for selective focusing, higher ISO...
1 month ago
One of the biggest worries a photographer has during an extended trip is whether or not all of the digital files and photos they create will make it back with them. Everyone knows the best way to protect these precious documents and memories is to perform backups, just like you would if you were at home. However, there is the small problem that you aren’t at home with your RAID arrays and card...
1 month ago
It is no accident that carrying and using a tripod is a hallmark of many professional photographers. Here are a dozen of the latest travel tripods that fulfill the time-honored maxim that “the best tripod is the one that’s with you”—not the behemoth you left at home. No other photographic accessory will elevate the technical quality of your pictures more easily or predictably—even in this digital...
2 months ago
This summer, as you kick your feet up and sip from an ice-cold drink, the last thing you want to worry about is storage. It can drive many people crazy to rely on a semi-mysterious device to keep all of the precious memories and photographs of their most recent excursion safe, especially as they go about their travels. Hopefully, this...
2 months ago
Thanks to the DSLR (and now mirrorless) revolution, video shooting has become extremely accessible to more and more individuals, especially the still photographer. Cameras today are emphasizing a combination of photography and video capabilities that produce images that are perfectly suitable for a gallery or movie theater. With many still photographers looking to dip their toes in the motion...
2 months ago
Everyone who has ever lugged around heavy gear has a soft spot for the breakdown studio. They all have in common the barest you'll need to get the job done, are fast to set up and break down, and are lightweight. Of course, there are choices to be made—flash or constant light, for instance. Flash has the benefit of stopping action, while constant sources allow you to see exactly what you'll get...
3 months 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...
3 months 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...
3 months 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
3 months 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...
3 months 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...
3 months 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...

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