Trick Shots: Low Light
Discover how high ISOs can improve the quality of your photographs
While recently critiquing the work of one of my students, I noticed that several of his images lacked sharpness, which I immediately attributed to camera shake. We looked at the images' EXIF data to find out at what shutter speed he was shooting while using a 200mm lens. He had been shooting at 1⁄30 sec.—far too slow a shutter speed to use with a telephoto, particularly without the camera being mounted on a tripod. When I asked him why he didn't increase the camera's ISO for a more reasonable shutter speed, his response was an all too common one.
Master White Balance For Better Color
Auto white balance is an effective tool, but you often can do better with other, more controlled settings
White balance and the digital camera are like the engine in a car for many people. As long as it works, they don't worry about it, and for many users, automatic white balance works just fine. But if you want the optimum color and consistency from your images, plus more creative work from your camera, it helps to understand and use white balance beyond automatic.
Trade Tricks: Selective Focus
Using depth of field creatively
Using selective focus is a powerful technique to help frame and present your subject. Playing with depth of field will help transform your image from one that looks like a quick snapshot to one that shows you've put some creative thought into how you want to present your subject.
Point And Shoot Like A Pro
Why à la modes?
All digital SLR cameras offer the traditional exposure modes: program AE, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE and metered manual exposure control. These are the mainstays of "serious" photographers because they provide control over important aspects of each shot.
Think color from capture to finish for stunning images
Good color in pictures is subjective. Some people like pictures that pop with saturated hues, while others prefer pictures more subdued. What's more, we see colors differently at different times of day—even our mood affects how we see colors. In this article, I'd like to touch on the basics of color in digital photography, with the focus on getting the best possible image at the time of capture. To illustrate the techniques, I'll use some pictures that I took on a recent trip to Panama, where my goal was to take color pictures of the three indigenous tribes: the Kuna, the Emberá and the Ngobe.
Inside North Korea
The challenges and discoveries of a photographer’s journey in the most reclusive of countries
I've traveled to some amazing places. But to visit North Korea, which has been largely closed to the outside world for more than 50 years, presented special challenges, particularly as an American. The public face the Democratic People's Republic of Korea chooses to present to the few visitors allowed in, and the unscripted moments glimpsed, are all the more fascinating for the country's closed and defensive stance as a "hermit kingdom," a nickname originating in 19th-century Korea's closed-border policy, which attempted to limit foreign encroachment.
Trade Tricks: Make A Great Portrait
Take Better Pictures Of People With These Simple Techniques
Portraiture can be one of the most difficult, yet also one of the most rewarding challenges as a photographer. Unlike photographing an inanimate object, when you're shooting a portrait, you first have to put the subject at ease. Whether it's a person or an animal, you'll get the most rewarding photo if you've built a level of trust with the subject.
Ultimate Travel Photography
Camera techniques to help you shoot like a pro on your next photo adventure
Beryl Markham begins West with the Night, her wonderful and enthralling book about her adventures as a bush pilot in East Africa in the mid-1930s, with the question, "How is it possible to bring order to memory?"
Digital Photography Glossary
Check out common terms you need to know for digital imaging
To master the art of digital photography, there are some essential terms and concepts you need to know. Here you'll find explanations of the key technologies and photography terminology to help you get the most from your camera and equipment.
Digital technology makes it possible for anyone to get into underwater photography
If you've ever been snorkeling on a tropical reef, you know how incredibly beautiful and full of life the world is beneath the surface of the ocean. Until recently, if you wanted to take pictures in that environment, you either had to buy extremely expensive and temperamental gear or settle for a single-use film camera with a cheap plastic lens that you bought from the hotel gift shop. For casual vacationers, neither option offered much of a chance to get good pictures. The pro-level setup had potential, but required lots of difficult trial-and-error work, and the disposable camera...well, let's just say they were right to call it disposable.
Trade Tricks: Shoot For The Edit
Create more interesting video using these simple and effective tips
You're on a dream vacation in Europe, on a walking tour of an old walled city. You've got your camcorder, so naturally you want to tape everything. But will you want to watch everything again?