Create A Time-Lapse Video

It’s easier than ever to do with the latest digital cameras and basic software

Using time-lapse photography, you can produce videos that are able to show the world in a way in which the human eye doesn’t ordinarily see. Plants can grow in mere seconds, a sun can rise above a city in moments, and you can see a complete day unfold in less than a minute. Because of one of the more extraordinary advancements in camera... Read more

Sequence It!

The lip is a little sticky this morning. I’m only going to do this jump once," crackles over the radio. "Are you ready?"

The lip is a little sticky this morning. I’m only going to do this jump once,” crackles over the radio. “Are you ready?” Dave asks. I answer, “Ready down here. But please be careful. Do whatever jump you want.” “I’m going for it!” Dave replies. “This is what I do every day!” Dave’s... Read more

Behind The Scene Modes

Understand what happens “under the hood” when using subject-specific automatic modes

Your camera’s Scene Modes automatically adjust important camera settings for typical subjects and situations. Most entry-level DSLRs and many midrange models have Scene Modes, as do the new mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras and most compact digital cameras. For those learning the art of photography, these modes can help you better understand... Read more

Tips For Better Video Sound

The very first thing to learn about working with audio is that it can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be.

The very first thing to learn about working with audio is that it can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be. The microphones built into HD DSLRs are a convenient audio source for photographers just getting started with video on their still cameras. These internal microphones are similar in many ways to a basic kit lens. They’re... Read more

Mastering Control Points

Far easier to use than the complicated layers and masking implemented by Photoshop and other workhorse imaging applications, Nik Software’s U Point technology for highly controlled and efficient selective image editing is exceedingly simple to use and yet totally powerful in capabilities.

Far easier to use than the complicated layers and masking implemented by Photoshop and other workhorse imaging applications, Nik Software’s U Point technology for highly controlled and efficient selective image editing is exceedingly simple to use and yet totally powerful in capabilities. Available throughout Nik Software’s highly regarded... Read more

Supersize Me

Does this sound familiar? You get a great shot of a subject, but the subject doesn’t fill the frame.

Does this sound familiar? You get a great shot of a subject, but the subject doesn’t fill the frame. You want to make a cropped enlargement of the subject, but you think that upsizing the smaller portion of the frame will result in a soft, noisy and pixelated image. If an image is so boring that you notice the noise, it’s a boring picture.... Read more

How to Use A Lensbaby

Defined by a combination of focal range, aperture and composition, the "sweet spot" of an image is the area in a photo that’s the most sharp and clear.

Defined by a combination of focal range, aperture and composition, the "sweet spot" of an image is the area in a photo that’s the most sharp and clear. This sweet spot is used to bring your viewer’s attention to the area of the image on which you’d most like them to focus. For general-purpose photography, sweet spots should... Read more

Fix Wide-Angle Distortion

Distortion is a bummer. When using wide-angle lenses, it’s a big bummer because it can skew a scene in very unnatural, unwanted ways.

Distortion is a bummer. When using wide-angle lenses, it’s a big bummer because it can skew a scene in very unnatural, unwanted ways. Lines that were in reality straight and parallel may now look curved and converging. So how do you fight wide-angle distortion? The best way is to combat it while you’re shooting by using a high-quality rectilinear... Read more

Sharpen Like A Pro

Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room right away: Sensors don’t automatically give you the optimum sharpness from your lens, regardless of the lens quality.

Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room right away: Sensors don’t automatically give you the optimum sharpness from your lens, regardless of the lens quality. All digital images need sharpening to get the most from the lens. The individual photosites or "pixels" on your sensor aren’t completely isolated. To put it simply,... Read more

Tumble Your Photos

Blogging is perhaps the fastest and easiest way to share images, and Tumblr is one of the simplest platforms out there.

Blogging is perhaps the fastest and easiest way to share images, and Tumblr is one of the simplest platforms out there. Requiring less effort than Blogger or WordPress but with more features than Twitter, the site is geared toward those who are visually inclined, allowing you to blog photos or video without having to commit much time. Blog platforms... Read more

The Ultimate Vacation Book

Proving that the best camera is the one you have with you, an iPhone 4 was all Joshua Brown needed to make his book, Italy, a remarkably beautiful portfolio of images from a trip he took earlier this year.

Proving that the best camera is the one you have with you, an iPhone 4 was all Joshua Brown needed to make his book, Italy, a remarkably beautiful portfolio of images from a trip he took earlier this year. The photographs are so striking that viewers probably assume they were taken with a DSLR. And while Brown, who had been hired to shoot a wedding... Read more

Self-Publish!

Whether for travel, special occasions or everyday moments, books are an ideal way to make more of an impact with your photos.

Whether for travel, special occasions or everyday moments, books are an ideal way to make more of an impact with your photos. With online self-publishing services, you can create high-quality, customized books that reflect your own style from your own computer. In addition to making great gifts, books also can help you improve your storytelling skills,... Read more
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