What's the Most Overrated Lens?

I keep seeing articles and videos on underrated and overrated features of photography, so it's time to step out in front of the firing line with my contentious answer to the above question.

All About the Mathematics of Blending Modes

Spend any time working with post-processing applications, and you will probably end up using blending modes sooner rather than later. They're incredibly useful and fundamental to most workflows, but how do they actually work? This highly informative video will dive deep into the theory behind blending modes and how they work.

Datacolor Launches SpyderX Tool Kits for Digital Photographers

In my view, color management is one of the most important things we can do as photographers. The use of color is one of the fundamentals of what makes a great image. For that reason, I highly recommend using calibration tools.

Photographing Noctilucent Clouds

During a few weeks around the summer solstice, the situation in the highest regions of the atmosphere can be ideal to form a rare kind of clouds. Invisible by day, these clouds can be lit by the sun when its beneath the horizon, showing up as noctilucent clouds.

Mike Kelley vs Lee Morris, The Rematch

One year ago to this very day I competed with Mike Kelley to see who could take the best photos of the famous "Dome House" and I won. For 12 months Mike has been plotting his revenge and today, we meet again, at an even more extravagant home in Charleston.

How to Spot an Instagram Account That's Been Buying Followers (With Examples)

In today’s social media, followers have become currency with the most popular Instagrammers wielding a lot of power. It’s no surprise that many unscrupulous users have been tempted into buying their prominence rather than earning it. Fortunately, there are now quick and easy ways to spot those who are trying to cheat their way to social media success.

Hasselblad Introduces the X1D II 50C Along With a Few Other Treats

Hasselblad, a Swedish company known for photographing space and their medium format cameras, has just released a new version of their X1D. With competition from Fujifilm and Phase One, the X1D II 50C is a very portable, sleek, and versatile medium format camera compared to its competitors.

The Versatility of Large Light Sources

When you are new to artificial lighting, it can be a bit of a tough world to navigate. This great explores one of the most fundamental concepts behind working with artificial light and why it's so useful for photographers.

Bad Things to Say During a Photo Shoot and What to Say Instead

When you're new to photography involving people, you might spend a lot of time working on getting your technique just right, but that's only half the puzzle, as you have to be good at directing people as well. This great video discusses several things to avoid saying during photo shoots and what to say instead.

New AI Technology Can Animate and Bring to Life a Human Subject From a Still Photo

Researchers have managed to create a new AI technology which possesses the capability to bring a human subject within a photograph “alive.” The tech, which looks like something from a futuristic sci-fi movie, is able to make lift a person from the photo, and have them walk, run, sit, and even jump forward out of the photo in 3D.

Nikon Confirms That a Flagship Mirrorless D5 Equivalent Is on Its Way

2020 could be the year of the flagships as Nikon has just confirmed that a high-end mirrorless version of the D5 is in the pipeline. So will it be dubbed the Z 8 or the Z 9, and does that have implications for the release of the much-discussed successor to the D5?

Madonna Criticises Instagram, Says It's Designed to 'Make You Feel Bad'

In a frank new interview, Madonna has voiced her concerns about the effects of Instagram. The 60-year-old says she feels bad for upcoming artists who have to constantly compare themselves to others, and says the photo-sharing app is designed to “make you feel bad.”

A to Z of Photography: Family of Man (Part 2)

The Family of Man is the second of our two monumental Fs in the A to Z of Photography. Can it usurp the 77,000 strong workforce and $22 billion turnover of Fujifilm in the last post? Surely there is nothing more all encompassing than humankind.

Some Helpful Dos and Don'ts in Landscape Photography

Landscape photography is a unique genre full of its own challenges and difficulties, but it can also be highly rewarding and even meditative. This helpful video discusses several dos and don'ts of landscape photography to improve both your work and your experience.

A Guide to Frequency Separation in Photoshop

When used correctly, frequency separation can be a very powerful and efficient tool for editing your portraits. This great video tutorial will show you a straightforward method to use frequency separation in your portrait retouching.

Apple Is Doing Great Things for Us as Creatives

I’m stoked about what Apple has done during their last App Developer’s conference for 2019. The brand is regaining the trust from photographers, 3D developers, videographers and music makers.

Why Is Leica Shedding Staff When Its Profits Are Increasing?

For many companies, losing 7.5% of your workforce would typically be bad news, perhaps an indication that profits are falling. This is not the case at Leica; in June last year, it announced that sales had increased for the fifth consecutive year. So, why is Leica doing so well when other camera companies are seeing their figures nosedive, and why is it reducing its number of staff?

The Sony a7S III: Destined to Disappoint?

Over the last year, a fair number of very impressive cameras have been released with lots of new features both for photographers and videographers. Companies like Panasonic and Fujifilm have released feature filled exciting cameras, yet the original mirrorless full-frame camera manufacturer has been seemingly dragging its feet.

Fstoppers Reviews the Alter Rapid Filter System

Early on in my career, I was quite reluctant to use any kind of filter system. I was under the impression that any filter effects could be achieved by utilizing a few techniques such as mean stacking. I've changed my mind since then and I now regularly use filters for my work. The issue is they can be a hassle, however, a company called Alter may have a solution.

Seven Helpful Tips to Help You Save More Time

A lot of photography is about making yourself more efficient to streamline your workflow, as every second you can save really adds up over time. This great video features seven helpful tips that can make your workflow more efficient and leave you more prepared to shoot whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Save $100 on a Wacom Pen Tablet Today Only

A pen tablet is one of the most useful accessories any photographer can have, and you'll find they can vastly increase both your editing precision and efficiency. And today only, you can take $100 off an industry-standard Wacom tablet.

Three Ways to Ignite Your Creative Spark and Boost Your Productivity

Hearing photographers talking about creative burnout or feeling in a creative slump is not rare anymore. It seems like everyone is dealing with it on a regular basis. What if I told you there are easy techniques to get more productive and creative at the same time?

Negative Lab Pro 2.0: C41 Scanning Heaven!

Scanning film has always been a bit of a pain. However, with time comes progress, and Nate over at Negative Lab Pro has been doing some awesome work, making scanning C-41 film using a DSLR or mirrorless easier than ever. However, using Negative Lab Pro with a flatbed scanner has always been a bit lacking. That just changed with Negative Lab Pro 2.0 and an unlikely partner: Vuescan.

Three Things I Appreciate About Fujifilm X Series Cameras

Fujifilm, in their eight years producing X Series cameras, have developed a reputation for producing digital cameras with a tactile feel and a few features that no other manufacturers are offering. While they still remain the underdog in terms of market share, their cameras have a loyal user base. In a concept straight up stolen from Alex Cooke’s series (with his blessings, of course), today, I’ll talk about three things I appreciate about Fujifilm’s cameras.

What Should We Expect From the Nikon D760?

The D750 is Nikon’s solid, reliable, entry-level full-frame DSLR, but at almost five years old, it’s due for an update. The D760 is slated for release early next year, but what specifications should we expect when Nikon's Z series of mirrorless cameras is getting all of the attention and the D850 has set the bar so high?

A Beginner's Guide to Camera Settings

When you are new to photography, your camera's exposure settings can seem like a confusing maze of abstract parameters, but getting to know them is crucial to taking control of your images and improving your work. This helpful video will get you acquainted with the three fundamental exposure parameters and show you how to use them in different shooting scenarios.

Tilt-Shift Lenses vs Lightroom/Photoshop: In Camera or Fix It in Post?

As an architectural photographer, the main types of lenses I use are tilt-shift lenses. These prime lenses are unique in how they operate because they allow you to move the internal elements parallel to the sensor. This can be extremely useful for perspective control and ideal for shooting architecture. The question is, are they vital or just overpriced?

How to Use a Polarizing Filter

The polarizing filter is an essential part of the landscape photographer’s tool kit. It can make a huge difference to the final photo. However, there are a few things to be aware of.

Two Photographic Tools That Have Made My Job Way Easier

Over the last few years there have been a few pieces of photographic equipment that have either sped up my workflow or turned awkward, finicky techniques into simple and swift processes. But there are two specific tools that have made my life so much easier, especially when used in conjunction with each other.

How to Light and Edit a Classic Portrait

ACDSee recently asked to sponsor a video where I use their new Photo Studio Professional software. I thought it would be fun to do an entire portrait session from start to finish.

Five of the Most Overrated Camera Features

Cameras are really good these days. Whether your choice is mirrorless, DSLR, full-frame, or APS-C, the quality of modern cameras is rather outstanding. But there are some features that are particularly overrated, even needless. Here are five of them.

Photographing the Milky Way From an Airplane?

If someone said that you could shoot the milky way right out of a plane window, what would your first thoughts be? Would you say given the right time and location it's possible, or would you say no way without a tripod?

GQ Caught Photoshopping Women Into Group Photo of 'Tech Titans'

GQ has been caught publishing an image in which two female CEOs were Photoshopped in. The photo was taken during a trip where a series of “tech titans” took to a small Italian village in order to visit luxury designer Brunello Cucinelli, but a BuzzFeed News editor called them out after feeling the image looked suspicious.