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Adjusting Your Camera’s Image Quality

Some of the most basic camera settings can have a huge impact on image quality.

No matter what kind of camera you’re using, from compact point-and-shoot to high-end DSLR, there are a whole lot of camera settings to choose from. Some of the most basic camera settings can have a huge impact on image quality, as well as the quantity of images you can make before you’ll run out of space. Whether you want maximum quality... Read more

Sponsored Tip: Developing A Personal Style: Motifs

I’m also a devotee of the medium; I am constantly looking at photos old and new…

This tip article by Brian Dilg comes to us courtesy of New York Film Academy Photography School, where he serves as the Chair of the New York Film Academy Photography Conservatory. Dilg is an internationally published and collected photographer and award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years of professional teaching experience around the world. As... Read more

An Alternative To The Light Tent

As a studio photographer I have a bit of a confession to make: I don’t love light tents.

As a studio photographer I have a bit of a confession to make: I don’t love light tents. You know what light tents are, right? They’re those boxes of translucent diffusion designed for photographing tabletop items. Don’t get me wrong: I know tents have their place. It’s just that some photographers can’t imagine lighting... Read more

Flatter Faces With The Right Portrait Choices

Making the right portrait choices is discussed.

I’ve been working with prolific people photographer Howard Schatz on a few projects recently, and when speaking with him about a recent cover shot on Digital Photo Pro magazine he told me about his thinking when it comes to making a beautiful portrait. “You choose your lens and light according to what you want to say,” he told me.... Read more

Compact Cameras For Backpacking

I’m no expert backpacker, but I do enjoy the occasional long walk in the woods

I’m no expert backpacker, but I do enjoy the occasional long walk in the woods. While I like to carry a compact camera because it’s more comfortable and convenient, it becomes crucial for serious backpackers who want to make serious pictures but don’t want to break their backs hauling around a bulkier DSLR. For a real backpacker, every... Read more

Pick The Perfect Photo Printer

Photo printers come in all shapes and sizes, and even the inexpensive entry-level printers seem to make great photos.

Photo printers come in all shapes and sizes, and even the inexpensive entry-level printers seem to make great photos. So, how do you step up from “good” to “great” output that meets the needs that are most important to you? You understand the particulars of printer technology and how it jives with your workflow. Here’s... Read more

Sponsored Tip: Enhancing Local Detail

If you need precise masking (selecting exactly what parts of photo you want to adjust), you will need to take advantage of Photoshop’s more precise tools.

This tip article by Brian Dilg comes to us courtesy of New York Film Academy Photography School, where he serves as the Chair of the New York Film Academy Photography Conservatory. Dilg is an internationally published and collected photographer and award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years of professional teaching experience around the world. In... Read more

Five On-Camera Flash Tips

You should not use your on-camera flash. There, now that we got that fundamental rule established, let’s talk about breaking it.

You should not use your on-camera flash. There, now that we got that fundamental rule established, let’s talk about breaking it. Sometimes you actually want to shoot with the on-camera flash. Sometimes you might just need to shoot with on-camera flash. Here are five tips you can use to make on-camera flash work great for your photos. 1. Embrace... Read more

Local Control in Black & White

Okay, let me warn you right off the bat: this is going to be another tip about converting color photos to black-and-white.

Okay, let me warn you right off the bat: this is going to be another tip about converting color photos to black-and-white. I can’t imagine that any topic is more endlessly covered online, but I can promise two things: I’m going to keep it really simple, and it’s going to be different than most. Still with me? Good. Let’s get... Read more

Retouching With Light

When we talk about making portraits it’s inevitable that the topic of retouching comes up

When we talk about making portraits it’s inevitable that the topic of retouching comes up. Portrait subjects want to look their best—obviously—so photographers tend to rely on a bag of digital tricks to help accomplish that. A subtle blur to minimize detail, maybe Photoshop’s clone stamp or healing brush to eliminate wrinkles and blemishes…... Read more

How To Shoot On Gray Winter Days

This time of year much of the country starts to experience more frequent cloudy gray days than any other time of year.

This time of year, much of the country starts to experience more frequent cloudy gray days than at any other time of year. Maybe they’re no more frequent, but the colder temperatures sure make winter gray days less fun than a cloudy summer afternoon. Even though steel-gray skies don’t appear especially inviting for your photography, what... Read more

Winter Photography Preparedness

I was fortunate last year to interview winter photography expert Marc Adamus for Outdoor Photographer magazine.

I was fortunate last year to interview winter photography expert Marc Adamus for Outdoor Photographer magazine. In the course of our discussion he offered some simple, but very important, tips for being prepared for winter photography, which I want to share with you here. “The most common questions I get about winter photography,” he... Read more
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