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Protecting Lenses And Cameras From Condensation

Temperature changes can produce damaging moisture on, and in, your camera.
Condensation
It’s autumn in the United States and for many of us, that means changing weather. Here in the Midwest, we’re still dealing with summer-like high temperatures, while cool evenings are beginning to take hold. All of these changes have got me thinking about the dangers of wide temperature swings on my cameras and lenses. If you’re not careful, they... Read more

Beyond Perspective Control

More great reasons to use a tilt-shift lens.
Regular readers know that I love my tilt-shift lenses. Also known as “perspective control” optics, these devices are really neat. They bring view camera movements into the world of the DSLR. And every time I connect one to my camera I’m struck by how uniquely they let me view the world. Most folks who employ tilt-shift lenses use them for perspective... Read more

Correct Architectural Distortion Easily in Photoshop

You don’t need a perspective control lens if you know the simple Photoshop tool that eliminates architectural distortion.
As long as there have been cameras, architectural photographers have struggled to keep straight lines straight when they point those cameras up at their subjects. You see, when the focal plane is not parallel with the planes of a building—its walls—the lines appear to converge. The more you tilt up, the stronger this distortion becomes.To solve... Read more

Shooting Color on Color

How to match colors in camera, and in the computer, to make subjects and backgrounds match.
C Color on Color
If you’re charged with photographing a still life of a simple object on a plain background, you don’t have to settle for the basic “plain white background” approach. Why not consider making a more stylish take on the shot, and shoot on a color? And not just any color, but the color of the subject: a red berry on a red background, or a blue jewel... Read more

Fixing Double Chins

How to help those of us with extra chins to look better in portraits
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I shoot a lot of portraits. The number one request I get from subjects as they’re preparing for their session is to make them look better than they do in real life. And the number one way they want to look better is to remove any evidence of a double chin. For those lucky among you who don’t have firsthand knowledge of double chins, it’s the bit... Read more

Set Up “My Menu” on Nikon and Canon DSLRs

Never get lost in a cluttered camera menu again thanks to My Menu customization.
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Tired of searching through the acres and acres of menu options on your DSLR? Instead of scrolling around through countless options until you find the item you’re looking for, set up My Menu to put your most-often used items all in one place. For me, that’s Format Card, Image Quality, Custom White Balance and Custom Shooting Modes. It’s one of... Read more

The Basics of Photographers’ Rights

Do you need permission to take pictures of certain places or things? Usually, believe it or not, the answer is no.
Photographers' Rights
Lots of photographers misunderstand the rules of where they can take pictures and who they can take pictures of. And the general public surely seems confused about the legality of photography in public places. Here’s a simple primer to help you know when you’re in the clear. Where? On public streets and sidewalks, as well as public parks and truly... Read more

New Magic Editing Tools in Photoshop CC

How to make the most of some cool new editing features in the latest update to Adobe Photoshop
Adobe recently released an update to its flagship Photoshop CC image editing software. Included were a handful of neat new tools that work like magic. Here’s a rundown of what’s new, what makes them special and how they work. Face Aware Liquify The Liquify filter has long been one of the most powerful body-shaping tools available in Photoshop. It... Read more

Use Auto ISO for Outdoor Portraits

When a photo shoot moves between bright sunlight and deep shade, nothing beats the Auto ISO function of modern DSLRs.
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One of the most popular requests I get these days is a natural light portrait made outdoors. This au naturel look requires little more than open shade or a lightly overcast sky, and a lens with a wide maximum aperture. And it works wonderfully for portraits, whether of CEOs or musicians or kids. Actually, I think it works especially well for kids. Even... Read more

For The Ultimate Polarization Effect, Polarize Your Lights!

For eliminating reflections and maximizing color and detail, nothing beats cross polarizing the light and the lens.
For The Ultimate Polarization Effect, Polarize Your Lights!
When I mention the use of a polarizing filter, what’s the first thing you think of? Chances are, it’s probably a circular polarizer—a glass filter that attaches to the front of your lens and can be rotated to modulate the filter’s effect—which is usually to eliminate strong glare from scenes, or to make blue skies darker in outdoor pictures. But... Read more

Keep Your Image Files From Being Corrupted In Camera

A few simple steps can protect your data and prevent the loss of a one-in-a-million shot
Keep Your Image Files From Being Corrupted In Camera
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got stacks of old media cards lying around. Be they SD or CompactFlash, these cards in my camera cabinet range in size from 1GB to 256GB, with vintages from 2006 to just last week. The smaller the card, generally speaking, the older it is. Every once in a while, depending on what I’m shooting, I might grab one... Read more

Better Portraits Through Overexposure

Overexpose ambient light or on-camera flash for beautiful skin and better high-key portraits
Better Portraits Through Overexposure
I’ve found that in a lot of portrait situations—particularly in natural light, or naturally high-key situations, or when I’m using a light source such as a flash on or very close to the camera—I’m happiest with the results if I subtly overexpose the images. The camera meter might suggest, for instance, that the correct exposure is 1/125th... Read more
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