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Is the Affordable Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Worth It?

50mm lenses can cost anywhere between less than $100 to over $2,000, with every level of image quality and performance imaginable. At $179, Canon's RF 50mm f/1.8 STM sits at the lower end of the price spectrum, but it still brings with it a range of quite useful features. This excellent video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

How to Photograph and Edit Interiors

Interior photography is a challenging but fun genre that takes a combination of techniques to produce successful images. This helpful video tutorial will show you a range of tips and techniques on how to shoot and edit interior photos.

How to Photograph Wildflowers

Wildflower photography can be a great way to enjoy nature and photography simultaneously. If you are interested in wildflower photography and unsure of how to get started, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will give you several useful tips that are sure to improve your work no matter what kind of camera and lens you use.

Will This Affordable Conversion Lens Make Your Fujifilm X100V More Versatile?

The Fujifilm X100V is a popular and widely respected camera that offers a unique shooting experience and excellent image quality. With a fixed 35mm-equivalent lens, however, you might sometimes wish for a bit more versatility. The WCL-X100 II Wide Conversion lens allows you to turn that 35mm lens into a 28mm lens, and this great video review takes a look at the device and the sort of image quality and performance you can expect from it.

Helpful Composition Tips for Outdoor Photography

Head outside, and you will find photographic opportunities everywhere you look, both big and small. If you are struggling a bit with your compositions, check out this fantastic video tutorial that offers a wide range of helpful tips that are sure to improve your images of outdoor subjects.

A Look at the Fun and Capable Fujifilm X100V Mirrorless Camera

Most modern cameras have ergonomic considerations built into them but are primarily designed to get results without getting in your way. However, the Fujifilm X100V mirrorless camera marries capabilities with an inspiring and fun to use design, making it quite the desirable and unique option. This great video review takes a look at the X100V and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

5 Quick and Helpful Tips for New Users of Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro is a very powerful application for video editing work and the program of choice for many industry professionals, but it is not the most inviting piece of software and can be a bit daunting at first. If you are new to Premiere Pro and wondering how to get started, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you five helpful tips to put you on the right track.

The Canon EOS R7 Mirrorless Camera Is Coming

Canon's mirrorless camera has filled out nicely in the last few years, with powerful models like the EOS R5 and EOS R3 offering professional-level performance and options like the EOS RP and EOS R6 offering more affordable pricing with reasonably balanced feature sets. Missing in all of that is an advanced APS-C mirrorless camera, but thankfully, that will likely change later this year.

A Review of the Impressive Nikon Z 9 Mirrorless Camera With Firmware 2.0

Nikon's Z 9 turned the mirrorless camera competition into a three-horse race again, keeping the pressure on Sony and Canon to continue innovating. Furthermore, Nikon just released firmware 2.0, which makes the camera even more powerful. This great video review takes a look at the camera with the latest firmware installed and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it.

A Review of the Sony FE PZ 16-35mm f/4 G Lens

The new Sony FE PZ 16-35mm f/4 G lens has turned quite a few heads as a portable, versatile, and relatively affordable wide angle zoom. This great video review takes a look at the new lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

How To Nail Your Exposure in Bird Photography Every Time

With fast action and rapidly changing backdrops, getting the correct exposure can be a real challenge in bird photography. With the right techniques and a bit of practice, however, you can ensure consistently correct exposures, and this fantastic video tutorial will show you everything you need to know.

The Benefits of Aperture Priority Mode

Taking full control of your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO is one of the most fundamental things every photographer needs to master. There is a range of camera modes to assist you with these settings, ranging from automatic mode to full manual mode, with a set of semiautomatic options in-between the two extremes. One such in-between mode is aperture priority, and this excellent video tutorial discusses its usefulness and how to use it.

How to Book More Weddings Without Advertising

Wedding photographers are always looking for ways to book new clients, and while paying for advertising is certainly one way to do that, it is, by far, not the only way. This fantastic video tutorial will show you 10 different ways to land more clients without spending any money on advertising.

How to Prepare for Your First Year of Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is a challenging genre, and if you are preparing to enter it, it can be a little daunting. If you are ready to get started and looking for some advice, check out this fantastic video tutorial from an experienced wedding photographer that will give you some good advice to put you on the right track.

Who Makes the Best 135mm Lens?

Wide-aperture 85mm lenses are the classic choice for portrait photography, but, of course, they are not the only focal length you can use. 135mm lenses have long been a popular alternative choice, and several companies make impressive options. This great video review compares the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM, Samyang AF 135mm f/1.8 FE, and Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lenses.

A Review of the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens

70-200mm f/2.8 lenses are highly popular workhorses, suitable for a huge range of genres and applications. That being said, they are both expensive and rather bulky. If you do not need that extra aperture to stop, but still want the versatility of that focal length range, a 70-200mm f/4 can save you both bulk and money. This excellent video review takes a look at Sony's option, the FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS.

7 Helpful Tips to Improve Your Landscape Photography

Creating a successful landscape photo takes creative vision, solid technique, and often, a bit of luck. If you would like to improve your landscape images, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you seven helpful tips sure to help you improve your photography.

Common Composition Mistakes Landscape Photographers Make

The challenge of landscape photography is that you do not have control over the placement of the elements in the scene, and as such, it can be challenging to create compelling compositions. If you are new to the genre or find yourself struggling a bit, check out this fantastic video tutorial that will show you some common composition mistakes and how to correct them or avoid them in the first place.

How To Get the Most Out of the Before/After Feature in Lightroom

One of Lightroom's simplest features is also one of its most useful: the before/after function. This goes much deeper than simply switching back and forth between edited and unedited versions of your photos, though. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to get the most out of the feature, as well as a nifty hidden trick that makes it all the more useful.

How to Create a Truly White Background in a Photo

One of the most essential and useful artificial lighting techniques a photographer can know is how to create a pure white background. There are several ways to go about this, each with advantages and disadvantages. This fantastic video tutorial will show you a few reasons why photographers often have trouble with this and some techniques that are sure to help you find success.