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

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

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

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

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

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

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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