How To Find A Lens’ Sharpest Aperture

There’s an old photographer’s rule of thumb that states the sharpest aperture on a given lens can be found about three stops from wide open
By William Sawalich
There's an old photographer's rule of thumb that states the sharpest aperture on a given lens can be found about three stops from wide open. That means on a lens with a maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8, the sharpest aperture is likely to be around ƒ/8. In practice, it's different with…

The Great American Camping Trip

So begins certainly one of my favorite parts of the experience: capturing it all through my lens.
Text & Photography By Tracey Clark
Whenever I think about "travel photography," I think of images of sunsets on a tropical island, unusual yet enticing foods placed on platters over vibrant textiles, cobblestone streets flanked by ancient architecture and, of course, the compelling candid shots of the local people. The whole "idea" of travel and the…

Underwater World

As an everyday photographer, I'm drawn to capture the watery reflective mood and shared experience of swimming.
By Meredith Winn
As an everyday photographer, I'm drawn to capture the watery reflective mood and shared experience of swimming. I'm able to do this by taking my camera underwater with me to shoot my family's water play in creative ways. It's not just the vibrant colors I'm able to find in clear…

Photographing Architecture

Tips for making pro-quality images of iconic buildings when traveling
By William Sawalich, Photography By John Linden
Whether your destination is close to home or across the globe, vacation travel presents a chance to photograph interesting architecture. Longtime pro John Linden shares his suggestions for making the most of this unique opportunity. GEAR "On holiday," Linden says, "you don't want the camera to get in your way.…

How To Fake A Ring Light Strobe

Ring lights are popular light sources, especially for fashion and glamour photography
By William Sawalich
Ring lights are popular light sources, especially for fashion and glamour photography. The strong direction of the frontal source and its unique shadow outline are hard to replicate any other way—unless, of course, you don't have a ring light, and you want to fake it, as I did here. All…

Making Multiple Exposures In Camera

Did you know your DSLR might make it easy for you to make in-camera multiple exposures
By William Sawalich
Did you know your DSLR might make it easy for you to make in-camera multiple exposures? DSLRs are increasingly outfitted with multiple exposure options, and I'd be surprised if sooner than later it wasn't standard for every camera. In the old days of film, you had to mechanically trick your…
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