Creative Flash

The word is finally out: TTL flash is a powerful tool to improve your photography, and easier to use than ever before.

The word is finally out: TTL flash is a powerful tool to improve your photography, and easier to use than ever before. Modern TTL flashes are loaded with useful features and can even work wirelessly from your camera. One obstacle that has kept many photographers from embracing TTL flash is the lack of accessories available to modify TTL flash. One... Read more

Exposure Rescues

A confession: I’ve made every photo mistake in the book. But, hey, I’ve been at this game for 331?3 years.

FINAL ORIGINAL A confession: I’ve made every photo mistake in the book. But, hey, I’ve been at this game for 331?3 years. If 331?3 doesn’t mean anything to you, then you’re much younger than I am! Here, I’ll show you techniques for fixing two common mistakes: over- and underexposed images. You can use these techniques in Photoshop... Read more

Haute Shot

Seven Steps to transform a favorite photo into painterly art

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The French Impressionists should be very pleased because photographers have been borrowing from them for years. At the turn of the last century, a style of painting now called Fauvism came about in France that used bold colors along with stark outlines. Quite controversial in its time, this style... Read more

Master Depth Of Field

Depth of field (DOF) seems like a pretty straightforward thing, right?

Want to learn more about cameras and photography? Sign up for our weekly newsletter, full of tips, advice, reviews and more!  Depth of field (DOF) seems like a pretty straightforward thing, right? Photographers quickly learn that to minimize DOF (in order to isolate the subject from its surroundings for a simplified composition), we should use a larger... Read more

10 Top Portrait Tips

Since no single pose is perfect for every model, professional or otherwise, each person before your lens should be looked at individually to decide what to highlight and what to hide.

Since no single pose is perfect for every model, professional or otherwise, each person before your lens should be looked at individually to decide what to highlight and what to hide. That said, there are basic positions and compositional rules that are extremely helpful to have in mind when going into a photo shoot. When it comes to photographing... Read more

10 Tips For Better Travel Photos

Whether you’re headed to the big city nearby or across an ocean, shooting on location is a lot of fun, and full of photographic possibilities.

Whether you’re headed to the big city nearby or across an ocean, shooting on location is a lot of fun, and full of photographic possibilities. These tips will help prepare you to make the most of your camera as you explore and as you learn the fine art of travel photography. 1. Shoot for HDR Images As recently as a year ago, shooting for HDR (high... Read more

HD Video Primer

During the early days of digital camera development, product design teams learned that the ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) that provided the brainpower for digital still cameras could be mutated to offer video capture features. Good news, eh? No, not really—not at the time.

There have been tremendous changes in recent years with regards to video in DSLRs. As a photography-aware consumer you have three major paths to video nirvana. All have advantages and disadvantages, and all have a place in your life. We’ll consider each separately a bit down the page. Regardless of the road you choose to shoot movies, there are a... Read more

Digital Graduated Filters

Back in the age of film, I carried several graduated neutral-density filters.

Back in the age of film, I carried several graduated neutral-density filters. They were both hard to pronounce and hard to use. First, I had to decide which one to pull out: one, two or three stops? Hard edge or soft? Then, after mounting one on the lens, I struggled to adjust it. The transition—the “graduated” part of the filter—could be almost... Read more

Secrets Of Black & White

In recent years, black-and-white has gained new attention and appreciation.

In recent years, black-and-white has gained new attention and appreciation. Software makers are offering increasingly capable tools for custom black-and-white conversions, and most photo printers address the unique needs of black-and-white printing with special inks and settings. Use the following tips to help you create distinctive black-and-white... Read more

Seeing The Big Picture

Panoramas usually are associated with sweeping landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes.

Panoramas usually are associated with sweeping landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. However, you can use the pano technique in relatively tight places, too—such as on a narrow street—as I did here for one of my favorite panos from a trip to Cuba. Cool, no? If you’ve never tried a panorama image, here are a few quick tips for creating... Read more

The ISO Advantage

I recently returned from photographing brown bears along the Katmai coast of Alaska.

I recently returned from photographing brown bears along the Katmai coast of Alaska. I was leading a workshop for Photo Quest Adventures, and we had more than 20 bears at a time on the beach. I’ve been returning to the same area for more than 10 years and have captured some fantastic bear images along this rugged coastline. But this last trip was... Read more

HDR To The Rescue

I guess I could have entitled this column, “Ricky’s Believe It or Not!” but “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” already has the corner on fascinating and intriguing stories—and has had that corner since I used to read the column of the same name in the Sunday comics in the 1950s at my grandmother’s apartment.

I guess I could have entitled this column, “Ricky’s Believe It or Not!” but “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” already has the corner on fascinating and intriguing stories—and has had that corner since I used to read the column of the same name in the Sunday comics in the 1950s at my grandmother’s apartment. FINAL I thought about the... Read more
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