Travel With Still+Video

Tips for better technical and creative results shooting video with your DSLR

The year 2009 will go down in history books as a revolutionary one for photography. It ended the era when stills were stills and video was video, and never the twain would meet. Shooting professional-looking video with hybrid DSLRs has come of age. In 2010, we’ve seen the release of even more impressive hybrid cameras. Having great tools doesn’t... Read more

Basic Tech: Get To Know Your Metadata

Every photo captured with a digital camera has metadata attached to it. Metadata literally is “data about data.”

Every photo captured with a digital camera has metadata attached to it. Metadata literally is “data about data.” Digital photo metadata includes information about the image file and camera settings used at the time of capture. THE BENEFIT Reviewing your metadata is a great way to learn from your images. What worked, and what didn’t? What aperture... Read more

Photographic Time Shifting

I recently was watching a nature show on television and marveled at some of the nighttime images of jaguars.

I recently was watching a nature show on television and marveled at some of the nighttime images of jaguars. I thought, “Man, I wish I had some nighttime shots of those big cats.” Then I thought, “What the heck.” With Photoshop, I easily can make a daytime shot look like a nighttime one. The opening image for this column is my transformed... Read more

Water

Whether it’s your focal subject or a supporting element, these quick tips will get your feet wet

Water can be a deep subject. But seriously, it’s photographically fascinating. It takes on so many different forms, you could build an entire portfolio around it. For that reason, water is an ideal subject for improving your technical skills. Master the art of photographing water, and you’ll be drawing on core concepts, including shutter speeds... Read more

Light Noir

How Britton Black creates intriguing, mysterious images through dramatic lighting and color

Want to learn more about cameras and photography? Sign up for our weekly newsletter, full of tips, advice, reviews and more!  I try to make it seem like my subjects are emitting the light. Though it may seem that Britton Black’s exciting portfolio of finely crafted, atmospheric images are the result of meticulous postprocessing, his unique... Read more

Overexposing Raw

Most photographers try to make the perfect exposure every time.

A “normal” exposure’s histogram will show an even distribution. Most photographers try to make the perfect exposure every time. But there’s a school of thought that says photographers who capture RAW files would do better to slightly overexpose. This theory, sometimes called “exposing to the right” because it places the peaks of a histogram... Read more

The Art Of Selective Focus

Save the planet. Stop world hunger. Eliminate poverty. These mottos bounced around in my naive brain as I entered journalism school years ago.

Subscribe today to Digital Photo magazine for tips, product reviews, and advice on how to make better photos!  Save the planet. Stop world hunger. Eliminate poverty. These mottos bounced around in my naive brain as I entered journalism school years ago. College was my formal photography education; freelancing and world travel was my reality... Read more

Go Ultra Wide!

Ultrawide lenses are usually defined as lenses 20mm or shorter in full-frame 35mm-film-equivalent terms.

Ultrawide lenses are usually defined as lenses 20mm or shorter in full-frame 35mm-film-equivalent terms. That usually means 18mm, 15mm or even 12mm, but it’s not just about the focal length—you also have to account for the sensor size. On smaller sensors, ultrawide status requires even shorter lenses, down to as small as 7mm, which translates into... Read more

HDR Is The Question

You’re reading this article because you want to learn more about high-dynamic-range photography. Cool. HDR photography rocks.

You’re reading this article because you want to learn more about high-dynamic-range photography. Cool. HDR photography rocks. But here’s something else that’s important to know about HDR photography: There’s a time and place for it. For example, check out this image. It’s a sunrise photograph that I took of the Two Mittens in Monument Valley,... Read more

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
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