Set Up “My Menu” on Nikon and Canon DSLRs

Never get lost in a cluttered camera menu again thanks to My Menu customization.
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Tired of searching through the acres and acres of menu options on your DSLR? Instead of scrolling around through countless options until you find the item you’re looking for, set up My Menu to put your most-often used items all in one place. For me, that’s Format Card, Image Quality, Custom White Balance and Custom Shooting Modes. It’s one of... Read more

Five Classic Lighting Recipes

Five tried-and-true lighting styles for effective portraits
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As much as I like to experiment when it comes to lighting, there are times I need a sure thing, and that’s when I reach into my bag of tricks and pull out one of the five lighting techniques that always work and that create a variety of looks? These techniques are ones that a beginner can master in a short time with minimal gear, and should be part... Read more

The Basics of Photographers’ Rights

Do you need permission to take pictures of certain places or things? Usually, believe it or not, the answer is no.
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Lots of photographers misunderstand the rules of where they can take pictures and who they can take pictures of. And the general public surely seems confused about the legality of photography in public places. Here’s a simple primer to help you know when you’re in the clear. Where? On public streets and sidewalks, as well as public parks and truly... Read more

New Magic Editing Tools in Photoshop CC

How to make the most of some cool new editing features in the latest update to Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe recently released an update to its flagship Photoshop CC image editing software. Included were a handful of neat new tools that work like magic. Here’s a rundown of what’s new, what makes them special and how they work. Face Aware Liquify The Liquify filter has long been one of the most powerful body-shaping tools available in Photoshop. It... Read more

10 Tips For Better Travel Photos

Pro techniques to help you take unique and personal images for your photographic journal
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If you want to return home with a great travel portfolio, you need to break out of the tourist mentality and move beyond typical snapshots of postcard locations. Award-winning travel photographer Nevada Wier shares her top techniques to create photographs that are not only visually engaging, but reveal a more personal connection with the people and... Read more

Indoor Light Portraits

Capturing everyday life with beautiful light in the home
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VERONICA BERNAL, a CONFIDENCE workshop graduate, captured a gorgeous moment between her grandpa and daughter. Window light creates a soft diffused look that adds to the story of gentleness and love. Do you ever have a sinking feeling that all of your photos are starting to look the same? You’ve taken your clients to the same park two dozen times.... Read more

Use Auto ISO for Outdoor Portraits

When a photo shoot moves between bright sunlight and deep shade, nothing beats the Auto ISO function of modern DSLRs.
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One of the most popular requests I get these days is a natural light portrait made outdoors. This au naturel look requires little more than open shade or a lightly overcast sky, and a lens with a wide maximum aperture. And it works wonderfully for portraits, whether of CEOs or musicians or kids. Actually, I think it works especially well for kids. Even... Read more

10 Lessons For Your Best Landscape Photographs

Follow these tips and techniques for more creative compositions of the natural world
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“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer—and often the supreme disappointment.” —ANSEL ADAMS Landscape photography can be great fun, but when we get back home and look at our images on our computers, we sometimes ask ourselves, “What was I thinking?” or, “How did I make that mistake?” It’s difficult to capture... Read more

Night Light

Create stunning landscape astrophotography images
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The Tablelands Sky Exposure: Star-stacked blend of 10 exposures, each at 14mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/2.8, 10 seconds Foreground Exposure: Foreground Exposure: Blend of two exposures, each at ƒ/2.8, ISO 1600, 8 minutes. Nikon D810A, Nikkor 14-24mm ƒ/2.8 Get ready to stay up all night taking in the wonder of the stars. Astrophotography, which is technique of... Read more

Seven Tips For Awesome Road-Trip Pictures

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.
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Comedian Steven Wright once said, “Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.” Substitute the word “driving” for “walking” and you’ll see why road trips are a great way to see, experience, enjoy—and of course—photograph roadside America (or whatever country in which you are driving). Road trips offer photographers... Read more

Seeing In Black-And-White

How to identify the elements that make for better black-and-white photographs
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“Learn to see in black-and-white.” Hang around with photographers long enough, and it’s a phrase you’re sure to hear repeated. It’s supposed to be a truism about how to make good black-and-white images. First, they say, you have to learn to see in black-and-white. But how, exactly, does a person with color vision living in... Read more

Harnessing The Power Of HDR

Rescue detail in high-contrast scenes with this simple technique
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There’s a common misunderstanding about what HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography actually means, and what it was designed to do. HDR is often confused with tone mapping, a technique that simulates an extended dynamic range by reducing contrast in an image while brightening and saturating colors. Tone mapping is a way to tackle overly high contrast... Read more
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