Sponsored by Fujifilm

Black And White Photo Conversions In Lightroom

Three great ways to convert color photos into black and white, simply and effectively, using only Lightroom
Black And White Photo Conversions In Lightroom
One of the original dilemmas in digital photography concerns the creation of black-and-white imagery. In the analog era, many films and papers catered to making black-and-white photographs with nuanced tonal and contrast characteristics. But in the switch to digital, something changed and photographers—now faced with the prospect of converting color... Read more

Shutter Speed And Sharp Photos

How shutter speed is used to prevent blur from camera shake and subjects in motion
Shutter Speed And Sharp Photos
One of the fundamental exposure controls is shutter speed. This setting determines the duration of the exposure, while the aperture (or ƒ-stop) determines the amount of light that’s let into the camera. Together, they pair with the ISO to comprise the exposure. Shutter speed is especially important when it comes to the sharpness of a photograph in... Read more

Camera Control Basics: Exposure Compensation

The situations that call for exposure compensation to improve auto exposures
Camera Control Basics: Exposure Compensation
Automatic exposure modes are one of the greatest innovations in camera technology, full stop. Before autoexposure, a photographer had to understand how to read a light meter—even one built into the camera—and manually set the aperture and shutter speed to fit the ISO of the film in order to produce a usable exposure. With automatic exposure modes,... Read more
Advertisement

One Seamless Background, Many Lighting Options

It’s the ratio between key light and background illumination that determines the look of a background—from light to dark and anything in between
One Seamless Background, Many Lighting Options
Quite often, when a portrait subject enters my studio and sees the background I have set up, they have something to say about it. Whether they love it or hate it, I often find myself saying the same thing: “It won’t look like that.” The reason, of course, is that the light I apply to the background will dramatically alter it. But still, they seem... Read more

Camera Controls: White Balance

Are your indoor pictures too yellow? If so, change the white balance.
Camera Controls: White Balance
A popular issue for new photographers is when the color of their pictures comes out wrong—particularly when photographing indoors. Depending on the situation, indoor photos often shift too warm, shifting yellow and orange. If your indoor pictures don’t have the correct color, you might need to adjust your white balance. It’s the way cameras adapt... Read more

How To Create A Risograph Effect In Photoshop

Emulate this vintage printing technique for fun, funky photos
How to Create a Risograph Effect in Photoshop
The Risograph is a type of print made with a method similar to offset printing in which a halftone screen is used to lay down individual ink colors in separate layers. Risograph printing has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for photographers, it’s particularly suited to making monotone or duotone style prints. This method can be approximated... Read more

Camera Mode: Shutter Priority

Help your camera set the right exposure in any situation, based on the shutter speed you choose
Camera Mode: Shutter Priority
Recently, we explained the way Aperture Priority mode works, so today we’ll look at its counterpart on the automatic exposure spectrum: Shutter Priority exposure mode. Often represented by an S or Sv on the camera mode dial, Shutter Priority mode sees the photographer dialing in a manual shutter speed and leaving the selection of the appropriate aperture... Read more

DIY LED Light Panel

How to affordably build your own continuous key light for photos and video
DIY LED Light Panel
Not long ago, we updated the overhead lights in my studio, replacing the fluorescent fixtures with LED light panels. Not only are LED lights much more affordable and convenient than fluorescent tubes or incandescent bulbs, but they’re also much more energy-efficient. As the electrician was prepping one of the units for the ceiling, I took note of... Read more

Camera Mode: Aperture Priority

This auto-enhanced exposure mode provides a great combination of assistance and control
Camera Mode: Aperture Priority
Some photography snobs cite the capability to shoot in manual mode as a badge of honor, eschewing any other mode as something akin to cheating. But I’m a longtime professional photographer, and while yes, I do like shooting in fully manual mode, I use Aperture Priority mode on a regular basis as well. Typically represented by a capital A (or sometimes... Read more

All About Depth Of Field

How to use depth of field deliberately for creative control
All About Depth Of Field
There’s a name for the area of a picture that’s in acceptable focus. It’s called depth of field (often abbreviated as DOF) and it’s one of the central considerations in the taking of a picture. Depth of field is controlled by the aperture (also known as the ƒ-stop) of the lens. A wider aperture—larger opening—is denoted by a smaller number,... Read more

Three Ways to Fight Moiré

In the camera and in the computer, eliminate distracting moiré caused by pattern interference
Three Ways to Fight Moiré
Have you ever encountered a strange pattern that seemingly appears out of nowhere and ruins your digital pictures? This is called moiré. It’s the kind of thing that sometimes shows up in intricately woven fabrics or other fine patterns. It appears when two patterns—such as the weaving in a suit jacket and the pixels on a digital SLR’s sensor—don’t... Read more

How Light Works—The Inverse Square Law

Understanding the inverse square law can lead to better lighting in your photos
Understanding the inverse square law can lead to better lighting in your photos
Every year in my studio photography class I give a lecture on the Inverse Square Law. With a name like that it doesn’t sound like it would be a laugh-a-minute romp, but in fact, the students are captivated! Well maybe not captivated, but they’re excited once they see how these laws of physics can be quite useful when it comes to lighting a subject—especially... Read more
Menu