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A Simple Solution For Emailing Large Image Files

Send high-res photos easily with this iCloud-enabled trick
Have you ever tried to diagnose a computer problem over the telephone? It’s incredibly frustrating—usually because the person at the other end inevitably doesn’t understand much about computers. You might be surprised just how many people aren’t especially tech savvy. This is particularly problematic for photographers who want to send those... Read more

Understanding Focal Length And Angle Of View

What these lens specifications mean and how they impact the pictures we take
Understanding Focal Length And Angle Of View
When shopping for a new lens, photographers are likely focusing first and foremost on focal length. But what, exactly, is the focal length of a lens, and how does it impact our pictures? And what about angle of view, does it go hand-in-hand with focal length? Here’s what these technical terms mean and how they impact your pictures. Focal Length The... Read more

Great Lighting Made Simple

Three easy tricks for beautiful lighting without much equipment
Great Lighting Made Simple
It can be easy for new photographers to feel like they have to have lots of pricey equipment in order to make great pictures. That feeling is exacerbated when it comes to lighting, where the options are abundant and expensive. The feeling is understandable, but it isn’t quite accurate. After all, lighting is free and accessible for all of us courtesy... Read more
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Setting Image Size And Quality In-Camera

What you need to know to set your camera to the right file type, size and compression level
Setting Image Size And Quality In-Camera
Most photographers know that for the maximum in versatility and exposure control, RAW image files are preferable to JPEGs. That said, some photographers like the speed of downloading JPEG files for quick delivery, so for these shooters, we suggest capturing RAW files alongside JPEGs. Still, other photographers insist they ONLY need JPEG files, and while... Read more

Using Flash Outdoors

Three simple steps for mixing flash with available light to make more interesting photographs
Using Flash Outdoors
Working with flashes tends to be one of the trickiest topics for young photographers to master. They either over- or under-power the flash so much that everything is blown out or underexposed or they have to rely on automatic TTL flash settings to have any hope of producing an acceptable exposure. But once you get the hang of controlling the flash’s... Read more

Flash Output Explained

Understanding the output of handheld flashes. (What the heck is a guide number?)
Flash Output Explained
You’re shopping for a flash and you want something powerful. How can you tell if a flash has a high output? Speedlight-style flashes—the kind that mount to a camera’s hot-shoe—use a somewhat cryptic indicator of output. It’s called the guide number, and while it isn’t as straightforward as a measurement of watts would be, it’s the best... Read more

Making Custom Photoshop Brushes

Easily turn an image of any object into a brush you can paint with
Making Custom Photoshop Brushes
Photoshop comes with a remarkable variety of custom brush shapes. Whether you’re painting, erasing or using just about any tool that incorporates a brush, you can change the characteristics of that brush to make it more effective. Better still, plenty of designers and photographers have created unique custom brushes that can be purchased or even downloaded... Read more

Sunset Photography Tips

Making the most of autumn’s awesome sunset opportunities
Back when I got my first job as a photographer, I was told by my boss—himself an accomplished pro with four decades of experience—that autumn produces the best sunsets. It has to do with the angle of the sun and cold, dry air that arrives throughout much of the United States. It’s also helpful that sunsets come earlier at this time of year than... Read more

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

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
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