Shoot The Moon

Who needs a telescope when you’ve got a super-telephoto lens?
There’s a full moon in a few nights. Why not point a camera at it? The June 28 Strawberry Moon presents an opportunity to capture photos of the full moon without a telescope. An even better opportunity appears in a few weeks when we’ll see a supermoon—when the moon is closer to the earth and, thus, appears larger in the sky. In each case, a super-telephoto... Read more

Using The Ultrawide Tilt-Shift Lens For Interior Photography

There are several great reasons to use ultrawide perspective control lenses when photographing architectural interiors
There are challenges associated with all types of architectural photography, but I find one of the biggest challenges with interiors is working in small spaces. Even homes that are big and beautiful, in reality, get much more compact once you’re looking through a lens. Utilizing an ultrawide perspective control or tilt/shift lens is a great way to... Read more

Searching Lightroom Via Metadata

Lightroom’s powerful use of metadata embedded in image files provides plenty of unique opportunities for sorting and finding photographs with the Library Filter
Searching Lightroom Via Metadata
When you capture an image with a digital camera, there’s information about the circumstances of the image’s creation that gets embedded in the file. This is called EXIF data. For instance, the date and time a picture was taken, the camera that was used, the lens, even exposure details such as ISO, aperture and shutter speed are embedded. This data... Read more

One-Light Portrait Magic

Understanding this one simple lighting trick will revolutionize your photography
Put the key light closer to the subject and they’ll get brighter right? Yes, that’s true. But why does putting the light closer to the subject—and, consequently, the background—end up making the background darker? It’s all about the relationship between the distance between the background, the subject and the light. Yes, it’s true: If you... Read more

Email Photos Directly From Lightroom

This image management software includes easy-to-use controls for sending photos of all sizes without leaving the application
Want to send someone a photo? Well if you’re a Lightroom user, you can email that photo without ever leaving Lightroom. It’s pretty simple, actually. Here’s how. First, in the Library module, navigate to the image (or images, by control-clicking to select multiple images) you’d like to send, then click on the File drop-down menu and look for... Read more

The Basics Of Baseball Photography

How to successfully photograph the fast action of a baseball game
Tips for baseball photography
Spring is in full swing and with it comes the boys of summer. If you’re interested in photographing baseball—whether that’s little kids in the weekend league or big kids in high school, college or the minors—here’s what you need to know to try your hand at photographing this fast-action sport. Start With the Ideal Equipment It used to be that... Read more

Backyard Birding With A Super-Telephoto Zoom

See birds in a whole new light. Try a long zoom lens to get up close and personal with the your local feathered friends.
Backyard Birding With A Super-Telephoto Zoom
I don’t know much about birds, but I know lots of them inhabit my yard. I hear a woodpecker on occasion, and I can identify a blue jay and a cardinal when I see them, but that’s about the limit of my avian expertise. So, when I rented a super-telephoto zoom lens to get a better glimpse of the birds in my backyard, I was amazed by the world of detail... Read more

Sports Photography

Hit a home run on your next sports shoot when you shoot with passion—and with these tips
I’m a big fan of photographing what you care about. The experience will be better and the imagery usually stronger because you’re invested emotionally into what’s happening. It doesn’t matter if it’s landscapes or food or documentary projects or your family pup. Make photos of what you love. My love happens to be sports. While this article... Read more

Crop To Open Images As Same-Sized Layers

Automatically open multiple images in a single Photoshop file while keeping each layer the same size
Crop To Open Images As Same-Sized Layers
One of my favorite shortcuts when working with images in Lightroom that I want to open in Photoshop is the “Open as Layers in Photoshop” option in Lightroom. With it, you can select as many images as you’d like and then, in much the same way as you can right-click and choose “Edit in Adobe Photoshop” from the popup menu’s “Edit In” heading,... Read more

Creating Unique Portraits

These unusual portrait-taking techniques will help you unlock your creative potential and capture images in a new light
No matter what type of photography you like, at one point or another, you’ll find yourself shooting a portrait. I know landscape photographers who swore they would never shoot a portrait in their career, and one week later they were shooting a portrait. Weddings, graduations, holidays or even a day at the zoo all present great opportunities to photograph... Read more

Fixing Moiré In Lightroom

A simple and straightforward fix for unappetizing interference patterns known as moiré
Look Up to Portrait Subjects
As someone who photographs a lot of corporate portraits, I’ve seen my fair share of business suits. And one of the most common things you’ll find in these suits is very fine patterns and woven textures—the kind of thing that’s perfectly suited to causing moiré. (These patterns can be found in all types of clothing, however, and other surfaces... Read more

Landscape Photography

With these techniques and gear, you’ll be able to capture anything, from a local park to a majestic mountain range, just like the pros
Can you imagine all of the jaw-dropping photos you’ve seen in magazines and online of this planet? Think about it for a minute. The diversity in ecology and landscape that our planet offers is so magnificent and varied, it’s stupefying. And how lucky are we as photographers to have opportunities in travel and technology—unlike any time in history—to... Read more
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