Converting Video Formats

There’s an old saying that says, “The good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from!” That’s appropriate when you work with video. There’s no single, universal standard that fits every situation.

There’s an old saying that says, “The good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from!” That’s appropriate when you work with video. There’s no single, universal standard that fits every situation. From the camcorder or compact camera that captures the video (the acquisition side), to the software programs used to edit... Read more

Master Your Camera Meter

Whether we shoot on auto or manual, we all share something in common: the TTL meter. It makes or breaks every exposure.

Whether we shoot on auto or manual, we all share something in common: the TTL meter. It makes or breaks every exposure. Digital SLRs utilize “through-the-lens” light metering; what you see through the viewfinder, you meter. TTL is reflective, measuring the amount of light bouncing off a subject. It’s accurate, and it means that subtle changes... Read more

Point-Of-View Photography

“Tom, what’s the main thing you think about when you’re shooting mountain biking?”

Subscribe today to Digital Photo magazine for tips, product reviews, and advice on how to make better photos!  “Tom, what’s the main thing you think about when you’re shooting mountain biking?” Josh, a workshop student, asks. I’m teaching a photo workshop on adventure sports in Maine, and today we’re photographing mountain bikers. “I... Read more

A Way With People

David Stoecklein has a knack for putting people at ease and posing them naturally.

Want to learn more about cameras and photography? Sign up for our weekly newsletter, full of tips, advice, reviews and more!  David Stoecklein has a knack for putting people at ease and posing them naturally. When he walks onto a ranch or some other Western setting, he knows exactly what he has to do first. He doesn’t start, as you might expect,... Read more

Sound Check

You have the perfect camcorder. You’ve invested in a good tripod that allows for a steady shot. The lighting is just right; the composition stunning.

You have the perfect camcorder. You’ve invested in a good tripod that allows for a steady shot. The lighting is just right; the composition stunning. The wide depth of field helps keep the whole scene in focus. What’s missing? How about the audio? Articles about recording audio with camcorders usually jump into a discussion about various types... Read more

Fast Photo Galleries

Creating a good image gallery doesn’t require any special expertise. The process has become as simple as only a few clicks with premade, professional-looking web gallery templates and optimized web formatting.

Creating a good image gallery doesn’t require any special expertise. The process has become as simple as only a few clicks with premade, professional-looking web gallery templates and optimized web formatting. Whether presenting images to clients, sharing celebrations with family and friends or posting for feedback from a global community of photographers,... Read more

Editing D-SLR Video

One of the most exciting recent advances in D-SLRs is the addition of HD video capture, allowing us to switch from multimegapixel stills to full-motion video on the fly.

One of the most exciting recent advances in D-SLRs is the addition of HD video capture, allowing us to switch from multimegapixel stills to full-motion video on the fly. Adobe Premiere Elements 7 Several SLRs now offer HD movie modes, including the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Nikon D90, Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Nikon D5000 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1. We... Read more

Flash Basics

An easy way to get started is to get a piece of foam board about 2×3 feet in size. This is a readily found size, and it’s small enough to easily use.

Light is basic to photography, obviously. When the light isn’t at its best, it’s a serious challenge. Poor light consistently makes potentially good photos go bad. One strategy for success is to use flash. Yet, using flash can be challenging, as well. It can be bold and beautiful, but also harsh and unappealing. There are some things you can... Read more

Wedding Rescues

When it comes to personal photographs, some of the most important images are those taken on a wedding day.

When it comes to personal photographs, some of the most important images are those taken on a wedding day. That puts pros, as well as weekend wedding photographers, under a lot of pressure to get the shot. In all the excitement of the day, pros and weekend shooters can make an in-camera mistake. What’s more, these photographers, in looking back... Read more

Awaken The Artist Within

The Beatles were wonderfully talented musicians and songwriters, creating original music that seems to never go out of style.

The Beatles were wonderfully talented musicians and songwriters, creating original music that seems to never go out of style. On occasion, however, the Fab Four got a little help from their friends—friends who included music icons such as Eric Clapton and Billy Preston. Who knows, those friends may have inspired the song “With a Little Help from... Read more

Practical HDR

Sooner or later, a photographer will run into the brick wall of the limitations of the digital camera sensor.

Sooner or later, a photographer will run into the brick wall of the limitations of the digital camera sensor. Sensors today are very good, but they’re incapable of capturing the full range of tonality—from extreme shadow to bright highlights—that our eyes can see. While RAW capture provides greater flexibility in adjusting what’s captured, it’s... Read more

The Fine Art of Travel Photography

Beautiful landscapes and townscapes, as well as powerful environmental portraits and photo essays, can be obtained by anyone with a camera, a concept and the desire to do so.

Beautiful landscapes and townscapes, as well as powerful environmental portraits and photo essays, can be obtained by anyone with a camera, a concept and the desire to do so. But how does one transcend the “I was here” imagery that’s often associated with travel photography and create fine-art images of places near and far? From the dozens of... Read more
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