Powerful Perspective Control - 6/15/09
Using tilt/shift the right way, the wrong way and the Photoshop way. Tilt/Shift (or perspective control) lenses are mechanically adjustable to provide special effects—like correcting for distortion and adjusting the plane of focus in the camera. Here’s how to make the most of the effects—even if you don’t have the lenses.
Five Lies You’ve Been Told About Photoshop - 6/8/09
You can do anything with Photoshop. But should you? Photographers new to digital imaging may have the misconception that Photoshop can do anything. You can’t blame the newbies, though. Their heads have been filled with misconceptions, half-truths and outright lies since version 1.0 first hit the shelves. While it’s true that the program is amazingly powerful, it does have its limits—most of them pertaining to decisions made by the operator. To ensure that you don’t butt heads with this powerful tool, here are five lies you should put out of your head immediately.
Seven Tips for Better Wedding Photos - 6/1/09
Give the gift of great photography for a friend’s special day. One of the greatest gifts any photographer can give is their personal, unique take on a friend’s wedding day. It can be as simple as a single framed photo snapped in an unobtrusive moment, or a series of the whole day as seen from one guest’s perspective. However you do it, the key is that the gift comes from the heart—and your friend is sure to treasure it. Armed with good intentions, use these tips to get better wedding photos the next time your presence is requested.
DIY Digital Pinhole - 5/25/09
Turn your d-SLR into a pinhole camera As long as camera and lens makers have been working to improve the technical precision of their products, creative photographers have been working to do just the opposite. From light-leaking plastic cameras to fantastical film processing effects, photographers never seem satisfied with the status quo. They impart “character” to their pictures by utilizing these less than professional tools.
Maximize Sharpness - 5/18/09
A simple and effective test to determine lens sharpness If you spend a lot of time online reading about photography, you find a lot of concentration on the technical aspects of equipment—like lens sharpness. As important as sharpness may be, it’s not the only thing that makes for good lenses or good photos. And if you spend all your time worrying about which new lens might be the sharpest, you’re missing the point.
In-Camera Digital Infrared - 5/11/09
Make actual infrared photos with your D-SLR Often, film effects recreated digitally after a picture is made—by post-processing in the computer alone. But there’s an old-school film effect that requires some special in-camera consideration even when shooting digital—infrared photography.
Top Ten B&W Printing Mistakes - 5/4/09
Avoid these pitfalls to improve your prints. Sometimes the abundance of options in the digital realm makes certain tasks increasingly difficult. How do you choose the best approach if you don’t know which methods aren’t up to par? For quality black & white prints, avoid these common mistakes for a much better chance at success.
Top Travel Camera Tips - 4/27/09
Protect your gear, and your pictures Summer’s almost here, and that means one thing. To quote the immortal words of The Go-Go’s, “Vacation. All I ever wanted.” Alas, Belinda Carlisle probably wasn’t traveling with a camera. If she were, her lyrics surely would have contained more practical advice on protecting such sensitive equipment and important images.
How to pass for a fashion pro - 4/20/09
Fake it where it counts—in your portfolio So you want to be a fashion photographer but you don’t want to quit your day job and move to New York? Here’s an idea: pretend to be a fashion photographer instead. Armed with these essential tips—more than just dressing in black and sporting cool sunglasses—you can fool any fashionista into thinking you’re the real deal where it really counts, your portfolio.
Better portraits are all in the eyes - 4/13/09
Improving eyes in the camera and the computer Eyes are the windows to the soul, or so they say. Photographically speaking, that means that in any given portrait one of the first places a viewer will look is the subject’s eyes. And if they look dark, or murky, or tired or anything other than ideal… well, the person in the portrait just won’t look their best. That’s why so many photographers put so much emphasis on making the eyes look perfect. Here are some tried and true tips to make sure the eyes have it—in the camera and in the computer.
Debunking Digital’s Urban Legends - 4-6-09
Wading through a web full of camera misinformation The Internet is full of amazing information—and some equally impressive misinformation, too. Receive a forwarded email enough times and it can start to look like fact! For pop culture myths, Snopes.com separates fact from fiction. For digital camera myths, it’s up to us. Here are a few urban legends about digital cameras to be debunked as junk.