Better Holiday Portraits

10 tips to take your best family photos this season
By William Sawalich
Holidays are a time when families gather, making it an ideal opportunity for family portraits. One of the nicest places for a family portrait is outside, but since winter weather doesn't always cooperate, it's often best to keep the shoot indoors. Sure, there are challenges, but shooting indoors also eliminates…

Sequence It!

The lip is a little sticky this morning. I'm only going to do this jump once," crackles over the radio. "Are you ready?"
Text And Photography By Tom Bol
The lip is a little sticky this morning. I'm only going to do this jump once," crackles over the radio. "Are you ready?" Dave asks. I answer, "Ready down here. But please be careful. Do whatever jump you want." "I'm going for it!" Dave replies. "This is what I do…

Create A Time-Lapse Video

It’s easier than ever to do with the latest digital cameras and basic software
By Amon Focus
Using time-lapse photography, you can produce videos that are able to show the world in a way in which the human eye doesn't ordinarily see. Plants can grow in mere seconds, a sun can rise above a city in moments, and you can see a complete day unfold in less…

How to Use A Lensbaby

Defined by a combination of focal range, aperture and composition, the "sweet spot" of an image is the area in a photo that's the most sharp and clear.
By David Willis
Defined by a combination of focal range, aperture and composition, the "sweet spot" of an image is the area in a photo that's the most sharp and clear. This sweet spot is used to bring your viewer's attention to the area of the image on which you'd most like them…

Behind The Scene Modes

Understand what happens “under the hood” when using subject-specific automatic modes
By Mike Stensvold
Your camera's Scene Modes automatically adjust important camera settings for typical subjects and situations. Most entry-level DSLRs and many midrange models have Scene Modes, as do the new mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras and most compact digital cameras. For those learning the art of photography, these modes can help you better understand…

Tips For Better Video Sound

The very first thing to learn about working with audio is that it can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be.
By David Willis
The very first thing to learn about working with audio is that it can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be. The microphones built into HD DSLRs are a convenient audio source for photographers just getting started with video on their still cameras. These internal…
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