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Ron Leach  |  May 11, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “bullet time,” it’s a frozen-moment visual effect in which some parts of a scene proceed at normal speed while others (like flying bullets) are slowed dramatically as you see in the short clip below and a longer version at the bottom of this page.

Ron Leach  |  May 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Many of the most dramatic outdoor images are made by experienced photographers using neutral density (ND) filters in conjunction with long exposures. In the video below you’ll learn everything you need to know about choosing the proper ND filter for the scene at hand and using it properly.

Ron Leach  |  May 08, 2017  |  0 comments

All photographers love quick tips to help them improve their images and protect their gear. And if that advice involves using inexpensive household items you already have, all the better.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 04, 2017  |  0 comments

If the used camera lens you see online is packaged with a leash and a bone, odds are very good that it’s a dog. But in the absence of obvious evidence, how can you tell a bargain from a bagel? It’s impossible to physically examine the merchandise before purchase. And you can’t always trust what you see in the listing photos. However, you can conduct a thorough inspection upon receipt. Here are 10 things to check the minute the used lens is delivered. 

Dan Havlik  |  May 04, 2017  |  0 comments

Time-lapse videos are all the rage these days but there’s much that separates a decent time-lapse from a great one. One thing that can help set your time-lapse apart is to feature some type of movement in the video to give it a more dynamic look. And one way to add movement is by using some type of camera slider.

Seth Shostak  |  May 04, 2017  |  0 comments

Soon enough, your camera will join the ranks of the well connected. That’s not to say it will be invited to A-list parties, but only that it will become a participant in the highly touted Internet of Things, now coming ’round the mountain.

Scott Kelby  |  May 02, 2017  |  0 comments

Q. I have a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a Canon EOS 7D. For sports and nature I use the 7D with a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II lens. With the Canon 7D APS sensor it makes the lens about a 150-600mm. Would I get better quality if I bought a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, used the Canon 100-400mm lens, and cropped the image in Photoshop?

Barry Tanenbaum  |  Apr 27, 2017  |  0 comments

Woody Allen is often credited with saying that 80 percent of success in life is showing up. For many photographers, that means showing up effectively in social media.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 27, 2017  |  0 comments

The Cooperative of Photography (COOPH) is a unique web magazine and online store, and they just shared the video below with some gorgeous and vibrant images.

Jason Schneider  |  Apr 26, 2017  |  0 comments

In commenting on an obscenity case back in 1964 Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously quipped, “Hardcore pornography is hard to define, but I know it when I see it.” The same can be said of bokeh, a Japanese term for the perceived quality of the out-of-focus areas in a photograph. 

Ron Leach  |  Apr 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Street photography is increasingly popular these days, in part because of all the small, high-powered cameras available for serious shooters. In the tutorial below you’ll learn why taking a “photo wait” instead of a “photo walk” may be the best way to get the perfect shot.

Jack Neubart  |  Apr 18, 2017  |  0 comments

Ira Block can best be described as a cultural documentary photographer. He uses his camera to document cultures around the world, recording how lives are impacted by changing norms, practices, and traditions. The changes are most often gradual, which is why he returns to a location time after time after time. He captures the shifting sands, one grain at a time, helping us see these changes and appreciate them through his eyes—and through social media.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 17, 2017  |  0 comments

Canon has two innovative lenses that incorporate built-in LED “Macro Lites” on either side of the front element, the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM for M-Series mirrorless cameras, and the EF-S 35mm Macro IS STM for Canon DSLRs. In the video below, you’ll see what you can accomplish by using these lenses instead of a conventional on-camera flash.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 12, 2017  |  1 comments

If you were befuddled by a description of the “Exposure Triangle” in your first photography class, you’re not alone. This relatively simple concept can be a bit difficult to explain; unless, that is, the instructor has some red Kool-Aid and a few glasses handy.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 11, 2017  |  0 comments

Award-winning photographer Joe McNally has been on assignment in over 70 countries across the globe, shooting for publications like National Geographic, LIFE, and Sports Illustrated, as well as a large stable of commercial clients. McNally credits part of his success to a mastery of telling stories with his images, and in the video below he reveals three secrets on how you can do the same.

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