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Ron Leach  |  Feb 01, 2018  |  0 comments

Here’s the latest primer from Christian Tudor of the Academy of Photography, in a helpful series explaining how cameras work so you can achieve optimum results. In this episode, Tudor demonstrates everything you need to know to master a camera’s focusing system.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 30, 2018  |  0 comments

Professional photographer Peter McKinnon admits it: He’s always been intimidated by shooting after dark, explaining that “The rules are completely different at night, and it’s a whole different ballgame.” Thus, until recently, McKinnon’s photography always ground to a halt after the sun dropped below the horizon.

Bryan Peterson  |  Jan 26, 2018  |  0 comments

Most of us are familiar with the use of out-of-focus, seamless backgrounds by studio photographers, especially those who shoot portraits. Often, these backgrounds are a single color, such as white, black, or gray. In other cases, the backgrounds are a muslin material, adding texture to the background. The sole purpose of these backgrounds is to create a cleaner overall composition, giving the viewer no choice but to look at the man, woman, or child.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 25, 2018  |  0 comments

When the creative juices stop flowing, it’s time to try something different. And the five fun photo hacks in the video below will definitely give you a boost.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 25, 2018  |  0 comments

Good photographs begin by understanding the principles of light, and knowing how to manipulate camera settings to arrive at a correct exposure. In the video below, you’ll learn how to set shutter speed, aperture, and ISO properly to achieve exactly the result you want.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 24, 2018  |  0 comments

Those of you who follow our website know that Manny Ortiz is both an adept photo instructor and a very fine portrait photographer. Yet, according to Ortiz, knowledge, skill and practice is far more important that talent if you want to become a great photographer. 

Ron Leach  |  Jan 22, 2018  |  0 comments

You’ve probably heard someone boast that, “You’re not a real photographer until you switch your camera’s mode dial from 'Auto' to Manual.” While we don’t intend to debate that claim here, there’s no doubt that shooting in the Manual mode offers far more creative control.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  0 comments

OK, be honest here: Let’s say you plan to arise at dawn tomorrow for a day of photography. But when the alarm clock rings and you look out the window, it’s a gloomy, foggy day. So what do you do? If your decision is to “wait for better weather,” the video below is for you.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  0 comments

If you want to make photographs with impact, it’s important that they tell a story, and “speak” to the viewer. No matter how beautiful an image appears, if it doesn’t provoke an emotional response, you haven’t quite finished the job.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 18, 2018  |  0 comments

Whether your passion is nature photography, portraiture, macro, or shooting sports, it’s likely you’ve devoted considerable processing time to color correcting your images. If you want to keep image editing to a minimum, watch this tutorial and learn how to achieve perfect white balance in the camera.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 17, 2018  |  0 comments

There’s a reason this tutorial runs less than three minutes: It describes one of the simplest composition techniques ever. But if you give this a try, you’ll discover how it can make your photos more powerful and engaging.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 17, 2018  |  0 comments

Yesterday we featured an eye-opening tutorial that explained how to be a better street shooter by overcoming a fear of photographing strangers. And today’s follow-up offers some great insight into the work of an iconic street shooter who once said “Street photography is a stupid term. 

Ron Leach  |  Jan 11, 2018  |  0 comments

One of the most powerful yet frequently overlooked menu options in even the most basic digital camera enables photographers to select a white balance setting that matches the color temperature of the scene being photographed.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 11, 2018  |  0 comments

Simple DIY camera hacks are among the most popular stories we post, because they enable photographers to spice up their work with simple homemade “photo accessories” that cost little or nothing to make.

Seth Shostak  |  Jan 11, 2018  |  0 comments

It’s a choice between Scylla and Charybdis. Do you shoot Raw or JPEG format images?

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