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How to Focus Stack Nighttime Landscapes

Focus stacking is a common technique used by landscape photographers for images in which ultra-deep depth of field and high levels of sharpness are desired. You can use it for nighttime landscapes that incorporate things like the Milky Way as well, though it takes some additional considerations. This excellent video tutorial will show you a workflow for the technique as well as offer some helpful tips to ensure you get the best quality images.

Which Camera Mode Should You Use?

Manual mode is often held up as the mark of a professional photographer, and while it is definitely something every photographer should master, that does not mean it is the best choice for every situation. So, how do you know which mode to use? This quick and helpful video discusses what you need to know.

How to Photograph Light Trails

One of the most popular long-exposure subjects out there is light trails, in which the headlights and taillights of moving vehicles create eye-catching pathways throughout the frame. They can be a great creative tool, and they are also a ton of fun to shoot. This excellent video tutorial will show you everything you need to know to create great light trail shots.

Comparing the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 to the Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD

A supertelephoto zoom lens is a fantastically versatile piece of equipment that can open up new creative opportunities in a wide variety of genres. Nowadays, there is a range of options available to photographers, and this excellent video compares two of the most intriguing lenses: the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 and the Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VXD.

How Good Is the Nikon Z 6II Mirrorless Camera?

Nikon was a bit slow out of the gate in the mirrorless race, but they are now on their second generation of the Z 6 and Z 7 models, and they bring with them some improvements and new features over the original cameras. This excellent video review takes a look at the Z 6 II and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it.

How Good Is the Fujifilm X-E4 Mirrorless Camera?

One of the unique features of the Fujifilm X Series is that almost every camera model has the same sensor, which means if you do not need top-shelf professional features, you can still get the best image quality the company has to offer. The X-E4 uses the company's newest X-Trans sensor and adds a range of new and useful features while keeping an affordable price. This great video review takes a look at the camera and the kind of image quality and performance you can expect from it.

Some Helpful Tips on Photographing Waterfalls

Waterfalls are some of the most popular landscape photography subjects out there, and there are as many ways to photograph them as there are waterfalls in the world. If you are new to photographing them, this awesome video tutorial will give you some great tips from an experienced landscape photographer that will improve your work.

Choosing the Right Film Based on Conditions

Unlike digital photography, where pretty much all the style is added in the editing process, in film photography, you are making a significant creative decision the moment you choose which film to put in your camera. So, how do you know which to choose? This interesting video follows a photographer as he discusses shooting the same area with several different films and some of the decisions that go into each shot.

Improving Landscape Photos by Creating Separation

If you look at the work of a lot of successful landscape photographers, you will probably notice that the majority of them are very good at controlling the layers of an image to create a sense of depth that draws the viewer in and encourages them to linger and explore the photo. Being able to effectively separate those layers to avoid the image becoming cluttered is a crucial skill, and this excellent video tutorial discusses how to compose your photos to do just that.

A Review of the Fujifilm GFX 100S for Cityscape Photography

The GFX 100S is one of the most impressive cameras available now, offering high-level medium format image quality with a feature set traditionally reserved for full frame bodies, and put together at an impressively competitive price. This excellent video review puts the camera to the test in one of the areas for which its dynamic range and extreme resolution are seemingly best suited: cityscapes.

5 Ways to Make Your Portable Workspace Better

A lot of the time, we have to work out of our dedicated offices, and that can be a bit of a pain given a lot of the specialized tools creatives tend to use for their work. If you find yourself on the go a lot, this helpful video will give you five tips to improve your portable workspace to make it more efficient, effective, and enjoyable to use.

How to Change the Color of Plants and Foliage in Photoshop

One of the most common and useful functions of Photoshop is the ability to change the color of different objects for creative effect. If you are shooting outdoor portraits, landscape photography, or anything else with plants or foliage, this excellent video tutorial will show you how to easily and convincingly change their color using Photoshop.

5 Great Uses for the Calibration Panel in Lightroom

Of all the functions and panels in Lightroom, the one that gets used the least is probably the Calibration panel. In fact, many photographers have been working in Lightroom for years and have never touched it. And while it is not necessarily essential, it can make a big difference in certain situations, and this excellent video tutorial will show you five ways it can improve your work.

Photographing the Recent Solar Eclipse

Did you see the recent solar eclipse? It was quite a stunning sight. If you missed it, take a few minutes to watch this fantastic footage that shows the process of shooting it and the eclipse itself.

How Does Canon's RF 50mm f/1.2L Compare to the EF Version?

The Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens was one of the first in the company's full frame mirrorless line, and it turned a lot of heads by establishing a new standard of quality that has been continued by many subsequent RF lenses. Just how much better is it than the original EF 50mm f/1.2L, and is it worth upgrading? This excellent video review takes a look at both lenses and what you can expect.

How Effective Are Apple AirTags for Photographers?

Apple's AirTags offer the ability to track and find anything you attach them to by leveraging the vast worldwide network of Apple mobile devices. As expensive and precious as our photo equipment is, they are an intriguing option for giving ourselves a bit of security and peace of mind. This great video review takes a look at AirTags for photo equipment and how they perform.

How to Approach Compositions in Landscape Photography

Composition is a challenging thing that is difficult for a lot of landscape photographers, particularly because it is a bit more nebulous and difficult to codify than something like the settings to choose for an image. If that is something you are struggling with a bit, this excellent video tutorial will run you through how one experienced landscape photographer thinks about composition while featuring some great example photos.

How to Remove Creases From Backdrops Using Photoshop

Backdrops are a fantastic tool for a wide variety of work, but the majority of the time, they are made of fabric, and fabric has a nasty habit of accumulating creases and wrinkles that can be distracting. If you are dealing with that issue, this great video tutorial will show you how to get rid of them using Photoshop.

The Camera Gear and Settings Peter Hurley Recommends

There are few people on the planet who know as much about headshots as Peter Hurley. In this helpful video tutorial, he discusses the sort of camera gear and settings you should consider for your headshot work.

5 One-Light Portrait Photography Setups

A lot of the work by professional portrait photographers uses more complex two- or three-light setups. And such setups absolutely have their place and give a wide amount of technical and creative control, but you can also accomplish quite a bit with only a single light. This excellent video tutorial will show you five great one-light setups for portrait photography.