I’ve been in the game for a little while, and along the way, there have been a few "new" things. New flashes, diffusers, scrims, softboxes, continuous light panels, LED wands, animated photos, cinemagraphs, mirrorless cameras, the list goes on and on, not to mention Photoshop and Lightroom, which update more often than I wash my sheets. But the one "new" I was not expecting to face was a new photography usage that has made me have to think anew about composition: Instagram.
When it comes to serious wildlife photography, it generally takes some of the most advanced equipment out there to get the best possible shots, as you will often be dealing with situations with low light and a faraway subject, requiring fast shutter speeds, quick burst rates, great autofocus, and lenses with long focal lengths and large apertures. However, such equipment is often extremely expensive. So, what can you accomplish with low-end budget gear? This great video takes a look.
Engagement and couples portraits can be challenging, since you have to juggle posing two people simultaneously while, of course, dealing with all the other normal parameters, like composition, lighting, and more. If you would like to take a little pressure off yourself and improve your photos, this excellent video tutorial will show you five effective compositions for engagement and couples portraits.
The Los Angeles Rams recently won the Super Bowl and held a victory celebration this past Wednesday. During the party, a photographer accidentally fell 10 feet off the stage and fractured her spine, with the Rams' star quarterback, Matthew Stafford, showing a curious lack of concern.
Who says you need a huge studio to shoot high-speed special effects?
Drones have become something of a staple in modern photography for a number of genres, with the financial barrier to entry now lower than ever. But, there are also high-end drones that cost a fair whack, so are they worth it?
Remember how great Flickr was at its peak? It was an active photography community to share and discuss images with other photographers all over the world. While the site still functions, it's nowhere near as popular and active as it once was, and it hasn't had a decent refresh in years. Oh, how the mighty fall. Where else can we share images with other photographers?
It has been an eventful few years for Olympus and many of their fans have worried for the future of the camera brand. Finally, a new body has been released and photographers are getting a chance to test it out.
Time flies by. We’re already into February. Have you got your astrophotography planned out for the year? For astrophotographers, knowing what’s up in the sky and planning is the key to getting an interesting shot.
A good 24-70mm f/2.8 lens is often worth its weight in gold, and unfortunately, they often cost about that much too. Luckily, in the last few years, we have seen a real influx of much more affordable third-party options from companies like Tamron and Samyang. This excellent video comparison takes a look at two such options, the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 and Samyang 24-70mm f/2.8 AF.
Skylum has kept reviewers well stocked with pre-release versions of Luminar Neo, and I've reported on the results. Nowm we've got the release version, although it is still not complete, which I'll detail below. Here's our review.
The Sony a7 IV mirrorless camera has been in the hands of photographers for several months now, allowing them to form long-term opinions about one of the most hotly anticipated bodies in recent memory. If you have been interested in the camera for your own work, check out this great video review that discusses a photographer's thoughts after four months with it.
Does This Chart Reveal Kodak Self-imploding Again? Are Other Film Manufacturers Following Their Lead?
Kodak has a history of being a leader in the market of film and then seeing to its demise. I would argue this graph tells us Kodak is back on the path of self-destruction and (some) other film manufacturers are following them.
When it comes to portrait photography, one of the most important choices you can make is the focal length you use, as it will have significant consequences on the way your subject is rendered. If you are new to portrait photography and wondering about the relationship between focal length and the final image, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you portraits shot between 25mm and 135mm and how they differ from each other.
When Nikon first got started in the mirrorless world, they released mostly pragmatic, standard lenses. Now that the system is a bit more mature and the impressive Z 9 has hit the market, the company has begun to expand its lineup, with one of the most intriguing options being the new NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lens. This great video takes a first look at the lens and what photographers can expect from it.
Many of us spend hours of our lives reading gear reviews, checking rumor sites, getting excited about a new camera or computer releases, and generally keeping up to date with the technology behind modern photography. Some believe that by staying up to date with new technology we can make better-informed buying decisions and potentially get better at our craft. Some are simply interested in new technology. But how important is it for photographers to stay up to date with the bleeding edge of new technology?
The light and airy look is a very popular style with clients and really evokes feelings of love, lightness, and happiness. However, a lot of photographers mistakenly assume that it is simply about overexposing what is otherwise a normal portrait image. If you are interested in creating the look in your own work, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you three important fundamentals for the style.
Dani Diamond is well known for his portraiture work, particularly his natural light work. But of course, he works with artificial lighting too, and in this great video tutorial, he will walk you through a one-light setup and how he modifies it to create a professional-level portrait.
Photographers who travel a lot or walk long distances know that carrying around a bag of several lenses to cover every possibility is exhausting. A single lens that can cover all those focal lengths can make life a lot easier. One such lens is the Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD, and this great video review takes a look at it and the kind of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.
Is it possible that gear that costs you more can end up costing you less? Let’s explore.
A Brenizer portrait is a composite photograph that is created by combining 9-15 different captures into a single final image. The technique is often performed using a full frame digital camera but the final image has a perspective that resembles an image taken on a medium format camera. In this video, photographer Steven Schultz takes this technique one step further by using a medium format film camera to create a Brenizer portrait.
There are few horrors in life quite like dropping your camera or knocking it off of a table. We've all been there, but there are lots of ways you can prevent damage. In this video, David Bergman goes through a few of the methods you can use to safeguard your equipment.
Medium format has seen a bit of a renaissance in the last few years, with bodies gaining advanced features typically reserved for cameras with smaller sensors and coming down in price significantly — to the point that they are viable alternatives to full frame cameras. So, do you need a medium format camera? This great video compares some of the best cameras out there to help you decide.
Wide angle lenses are the standard choice for landscape photography, but they challenge the photographer to compose images in which a huge part of the scene is in the frame. This great video tutorial follows a photographer as he shoots with a super-wide angle lens and shows you how to compose with such a challenging focal length.
Fifty years since the radical Olympus OM-1 SLR first appeared, the new OM System OM-1 is announced. It looks like another giant leap forward for photography.
Bad light is something every landscape photographer will have to deal with at one time or another, but that does not mean you have to pack up your bag and head back home without any worthwhile images. This helpful video tutorial features an experienced landscape photographer walking you through dealing with poor lighting and still coming home with interesting photos.
When I got asked to review a smartphone I had my doubts. I don’t believe a smartphone can be used for serious photography. But I realized it was an opportunity to see if my opinion was biased or not. I received the Sony Xperia 5 III to look closer at its photographic abilities.
Fujifilm's medium format mirrorless cameras have gained popularity for offering superlative image quality and modern features normally reserved for cameras with smaller sensors at significantly more affordable prices than traditional medium format options. The great video follows a photographer as he compares the GFX 100 to the GFX 100S along with the GF 35-70mm f/4.5-5.6 WR lens.
Generally, the longest focal length lenses available are 800mm f/5.6 options, aside from rare or discontinued examples. And even as a prime, such a lens is massive. So, you can imagine just how big things get if you want to make a zoom that can reach 800mm with an f/5.6 aperture, but that is just what this lens known as the "Sigmonster" can do.
Trying to capture a perfectly balanced shot during blue hour has its challenges. These three tips will have you capturing more successful images for your portfolio.
Shooting video has never been better for consumers and with C-Log and C-Log 3 profiles on some Canon cameras, you gain access to far more malleable footage when it comes to post-processing. However, when you look at the preview of log footage, it looks like it's sitting beneath a high pass filter in Photoshop, so how do you properly expose for it?
Wide angle lenses are often the option of choice in landscape photography, but they can present some unique challenges that make them difficult to produce strong photos with. If you are newer to landscape photography, this helpful video tutorial will show you five common mistakes landscape photographers make with wide angle lenses and how to fix them or avoid them entirely.
Perhaps no camera has been more highly anticipated in the last few years than the Sony a7 IV, and now that it has been available for a few months, photographers and filmmakers have had a chance to evaluate the latest entry in the company's highly respected line of hybrid mirrorless cameras. This excellent video review takes a look a look at the new camera and the sort of performance and quality you can expect from it in practice.
Often, I read about natural light photographers who prefer a high-ISO setting above the use of flash. The latter is considered unnatural and unflattering light. Perhaps that photographer should consider the benefits flash can offer without the sacrifice of a natural-looking photo.
If you have not taken a deep dive into Lightroom's new masking features yet, you are definitely missing out on some impressively capable and easy-to-use tools. One function inside the new system is a bit strange, however, and it is not immediately obvious what it is and how to effectively use it. This helpful video tutorial will show you the Intersect function, the logic behind it, and how to use it to create better, more efficient, and more precise edits of your images.
A high-quality 50mm lens with a wide aperture is one of the most versatile options a photographer can own, suitable for anything from portraits to events and more. Sony shooters have an overabundance of 50mm lenses to choose from, and this excellent video review compares two of them, the premium Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA and the more affordable but still impressive Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 EF II.
How many megapixels do we need? What do we have to consider already out on location, that we are able to print big afterward? How do we choose the right printing material, and how can we be sure to get the best possible printing result in the end?
Final Cut Pro has become a staple of video editing and attracted many editors to it. Like most modern software, it is deep and nuanced, however, and you can always learn more. In this video, one expert takes you through some of his best tips.
As a photographer who is dedicated to your craft, one way you can distinguish yourself from a casual hobbyist is through your mastery of lighting. A new video by Mark Bone gives 5 guidelines you can consider when you want to add light to a portrait. Although Bone is a filmmaker rather than a photographer, these tips apply to photography as much as they apply to filmmaking.
Nikon's Z 50 mirrorless camera has gained a fair bit of popularity by offering an affordable APS-C entry into the world of mirrorless cameras in a compact but capable body. The NIKKOR Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens offers a huge range of focal lengths in a small body, making it a natural companion to the Z 50 for a wide gamut of uses. This excellent video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of image quality and performance you can expect from it in practice.
The works of classic painters are some of the most revered artifacts from antiquity. The Baroque style in particular exudes portrayals of dramatic light, color, and fantastic events. But for centuries, they have been relegated to two dimensions.
Landscape photography is one of the trickier genres of photography due to the lack of control you have. Although you may have control over aspects such as composition, lighting can in the scene can prove a little challenging. Sometimes, you may end up with a picture lacking depth, and overcoming this issue could drastically improve your photography.
Stock photography is often viewed as a form of "passive income" for photographers that have a low barrier of entry. But just because that's the case doesn't mean it's easy. A seasoned stock photographer shares some of the mistakes she made when starting.
If you look at your camera, you will find a button to change the white balance. You can choose either auto white balance or one of the other predefined settings. But it is also possible to set the color temperature itself. Is there a difference between color temperature and white balance?
We often preach the importance of planning ahead in landscape photography, but the truth remains that nature does not always cooperate, and even if you expected dramatic, interesting skies, even a slight deviation from the weather forecast can leave you with dull monotony overhead. So, what can you do to avoid going home empty-handed? This helpful video tutorial will show you.
On February 9, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am Tournament, a photographer was hit by an errant tee shot, with the event captured on video.
It has only been a week since news of exciting Canon lens patents came out, and here we are again with another set of ridiculous lenses emerging from the company. This time, it is for a set of superzooms that stretch beyond the limits of most such lenses we have seen in the past.
Super Bowl LVI is just a couple days away, and as is the case with most major sporting events and large-scale gatherings, the FAA is implementing restrictions on drone flight near the game. However, the restrictions are particularly severe this time.
If you are first starting in photography, this quote by the famous photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson might seem outrageous or overly harsh. But as someone who has taken at least 10,000 photos, I can tell you that there is a lot of truth to this, and more importantly, this idea can be freeing.