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

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
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