HDR Basics

Rescue detail in high-contrast scenes with this simple technique
By Wes Pitts, Photography By Kevin McCoy
There's a common misunderstanding about what HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography actually means. HDR is often confused with tone mapping, a technique that simulates an extended dynamic range by "mapping" tone values of each pixel to surrounding pixels, reducing contrast in an image while brightening and saturating colors. It's a…

How To Insure Photography Equipment

I recently suffered through a flood at my studio that caused many thousands of dollars in damage and many months of headaches
By William Sawalich
I recently suffered through a flood at my studio that caused many thousands of dollars in damage and many months of headaches. Thankfully, though, we didn't lose any expensive camera equipment, and the computers, furniture and structures we did lose were covered by insurance. It got me thinking, though, about…

Multi-Shot Noise Reduction

As great as digital camera sensors and processors have become at combating noise, this film grain-reminiscent interference can still rear its ugly head at high ISOs and in long exposures.
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
As great as digital camera sensors and processors have become at combating noise, this film grain-reminiscent interference can still rear its ugly head at high ISOs and in long exposures. So, reducing excessive noise, or literally improving the signal-to-noise ratio, is as important as ever. There are plenty of traditional…

Shoot Pro Video

Creating the type of camera movements and high-quality editing you see in a major motion picture is largely due to the talent of the crew and their abilities with very specific filmmaking tools.
By David Willis
CANON CN-E 135mm T2.2 L F Cinema Prime Lens Creating the type of camera movements and high-quality editing you see in a major motion picture is largely due to the talent of the crew and their abilities with very specific filmmaking tools. While you may not have access to a…

Street Portraits

Mixing the spontaneity of candid street photography with the goals of portraiture
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
There's some debate about exactly what street photography is, and this debate also spills over into the realm of street portraiture. Many people insist that all street photography must be undirected, and the photographer should simply capture the event as it unfolds. While it's great to be an outside observer…

Images With Impact

Techniques to enhance the visual experience of a scenic photo
By Rick Sammon
One of my digital photography workshop participants, Gary Potts, strives to make images with impact. That's an admirable goal, and it's something to add to our photo hit list when we're out shooting. Like Gary, I enjoy making images with impact, but that's not always possible. What's more, not every…
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