Why Auto ISO Is So Amazingly Awesome

The best automatic exposure setting is Auto ISO. Change my view!
As someone who regularly pontificates about the benefits of manual exposure control, it’s not often that I sing the praises of an automatic camera setting. And sure, I use autofocus and even automatic exposure modes such as Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority regularly. But there’s one auto-exposure control I practically can’t live without:... Read more

5 Fashion Photography Tips That Never Go Out of Style

Portrait pro Dixie Dixon shares her go-to fashion advice
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(Editor’s Note: This fashion photography how-to from professional photographer Dixie Dixon is part of a monthly series on Digital Photo where top pros from Nikon USA’s Ambassadors program share their simple tips, tricks, and advice on how to be a better photographer.) In order to bring your fashion photography to the next level, it’s... Read more

How to Remove Backdrop Wrinkles in Photoshop

Smooth creased backdrops and fix stray hairs using this simple method
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If you’ve just started shooting portraits in the studio, one thing you’ve likely encountered are backdrops that don’t always stay flat. It’s almost inevitable you’ll capture a few portraits you love only to later realize the backdrop had a distracting crease or wrinkle in it. Or even more aggravating, an unflattering stray... Read more

Photoshop’s Astounding Neural Filters

Photoshop is delivering on every TV writer’s dream: Enhance!
If you ever need proof that we’re living in the future, allow me to introduce you to one of Adobe Photoshop’s most unique new image editing tools: Neural Filters. It may sound like something straight out of science fiction, but Neural Filters are very real. And they have the potential to become a very practical tool for fast and powerful editing... Read more

Make Your Portraits POP by Using Dynamic Range

Sometimes our gear does let us down in photography
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Sometimes when we take a bad picture, we tend to (unfairly) blame our gear. Often it’s simply our skills (or lack thereof) as photographers. But there are times when your photo gear can let you down, particularly when it comes to shooting portraits with poor dynamic range, as pro photographer Miguel Quiles explains in the below video tutorial. “Your... Read more

Nature Macro Photography Tips

Five tips for making the most of outdoor macro photography trips
Spring is in full swing and summer’s almost here, and that means the time is absolutely perfect to get outdoors with a macro lens in hand. From flowers in bloom to bugs and bees and bits of beauty everywhere, there’s a lot to be enjoyed with a macro lens in nature this time of year. To that end, here are five tips for making the most of those outdoor... Read more

How to Take Great Photos of Couples

It takes more than a nice location to capture striking photos of couples
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Earlier this year, pro photographer Jerry Ghionis gave us five easy tips on how to shoot beautiful portraits of people. Now he’s back with a new tutorial on how to take great photos of couples. “Photographing couples brings a whole host of problems, different body types, shapes, issues, confidence level, etc, etc.,” Ghionis says. “I... Read more

Maximum Color With Minimal Equipment

Four tips for creating colorful shots without resorting to post-processing hacks or specialized lighting equipment
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer as most of the U.S. starts experiencing some of the best weather of the year. The hot days aren’t too hot and the cool nights aren’t too bad either. All in all, late spring and early summer are ideal times to enjoy getting outdoors with your camera. And lest you think you can’t shoot great shots... Read more

How to Dress Up Dogs for Creative Pet Photos: Tips and Tricks

When in doubt put a dog or cat in human clothing for a unique pet photo
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(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by photographer Steve Meltzer. You can see his work on his website and Facebook page. Read another Digital Photo story of his on how to stop people from blinking in photos here.) Mr. Checkers wouldn’t keep off of the bride’s lap. Time and time again I’d pick him up and stand him by the model’s... Read more

JPEG vs RAW: Image File Formats Explained

Which of these two types of image files is right for your photography?
(Editor’s Note: This story on JPEG vs RAW file formats is by photographer Patrick McNair. You can find out more about him on his website. He has previously written about the basics of White Balance for Digital Photo.) When you take a photo, the image is converted into a file which is stored on a digital memory card (usually an SD card) that you... Read more