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Photographing the Aftermath of a Forest Fire

Forest fires can drastically alter a landscape in just minutes, turning lush, green scenes into murky wastelands of muted colors. This excellent video follows a photographer as he ventures into the aftermath of one to photograph it.

A Quick and Easy Zoom Trick for Moving Around an Image in Photoshop

Photoshop is a tremendously complex program full of all sorts of hidden features and shortcuts, and it can be a difficult to navigate around the application with all that complexity. This quick and great shortcut will show you a lesser known way to navigate around an image in Photoshop.

Sony Has Overtaken Nikon for the Number Two Spot Worldwide

Sony's results for the 2018 fiscal year recently came out, and among a lot of insightful data on the inner workings of their imaging business is one particularly important detail: the company has now overtaken Nikon for the number two spot worldwide.

How to Use Radial Filters to Selectively Lighten an Image in Lightroom

One of the most basic yet effective ways you can improve an image is to shape the light through selective lightening and darkening. This great video tutorial will show you how to use radial filters to shape your subject and capture the viewer's attention using Lightroom.

A Long-Term Review of the DJI Osmo Pocket

They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and certainly, the DJI Osmo Pocket is one that you can easily carry everywhere with you. But do you have to sacrifice video and image quality for that small size? This great video review takes a long-term look at the device and answers that exact question.

A Guide to Color Grading in Capture One

One of the most important steps of the editing process when it comes both to making your images look professional and adding a touch of personal style is color grading. This excellent video tutorial will show you how to complete the process on two different images using Capture One.

The Versatility of a 5-in-1 Reflector

If there is any basic accessory almost every photographer should own, it's a 5-in-1 reflector. Versatile, portable, and cheap, I have one in my bag at all times. This excellent video will show you the many different uses for a 5-in-1 reflector and how you can employ one to improve your shots.

Helpful Dog Photography Tips in Just 90 Seconds

Dog photography can be incredibly rewarding when you do it right, but it can also be quite frustrating when the little puppers are bouncing all around and paying attention in every direction except yours. This helpful video will give you some quick tips to improve your pictures of dogs and to increase your chances of getting the shot.

Are You up for the Boring Hometown Photography Challenge?

If you spend enough time on the internet, you might begin to get the impression that you have to be at epic locations to get portfolio-worthy images. But travel is expensive and time-consuming, and all those locations have been shot to the point of nearly being cliché. Instead of dropping a bunch of money to travel to a faraway location, give the "boring" hometown photography challenge a try instead.

How to Edit Photos for a Natural Look in Lightroom

We spend quite a bit of time studying how to perform more extreme edits, and while those techniques certainly come in handy quite a lot of the time, knowing how to create a simple, clean, natural-looking image is an important skill. Whether you're a beginner or more experienced, this great video will show you how to easily get that look in Lightroom.

The Hilarious Moment a Dad Recorded Himself Instead of His Daughter's Graduation

Technology moves along at a breakneck pace, and it often develops a bit faster than all of us can keep up with it. Perhaps nowhere is that more hilariously illustrated than when someone unknowingly uses the front-facing camera instead of the rear-facing camera to record an event, which is exactly what happened to this dad at his daughter's graduation.

Why Are Zeiss Loxia Lenses so Expensive?

Zeiss lenses are known for being high quality, precision optical instruments with price tags to match. But what makes them so expensive anyway? This great video dives in to find out.

Fujifilm Announces the GFX100: 100+ Megapixels, 4K, In-Body Stabilization, Phase Detection Autofocus, All Under $10,000

Today, Fujifilm has announced the GFX100, their latest medium format camera. With a newly designed sensor with over 100 megapixels, in-body image stabilization, phase detection autofocus that covers approximately 100% of the frame, 4K video, and more, all coming in under $10,000, it looks like an absolute monster of a camera at an impressive price.

Five Tips for Getting More In-Focus Landscape Photos

Knowing where and how to focus is one of the most crucial steps to getting crisp and sharp landscape photos. This helpful video will give you five tips and techniques on how to properly focus your landscape photos to get tack-sharp images.

Two Centuries of Street Photography: An Incredible Compilation

Street photography has captured windows into history across almost two centuries now, and taking a tour through a collection of them is an amazing look at society, individuals, and more and their evolution. Check out this fantastic compilation that shows a photo from every year starting all the way back in 1838.

A Simple Trick for Crafting Better Client Inquiries

Initial client inquiries can set the tone for the entire interaction and can often dictate whether or not you'll end up closing the sale. This great video shows a simple trick that can help set up every client interaction to be more successful right off the bat.

Is the Canon EOS RP a Worthwhile Budget Full Frame Mirrorless Camera?

Though the Canon EOS RP is certainly limited in some respects, it remains a highly affordable full frame mirrorless camera and thus, an intriguing option of any photographer who is looking for a full frame camera at a budget-friendly price. Is it right for you? This excellent and balanced review takes a look at the camera.

Uniquely Beautiful Bokeh: A Look at the Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens

If you're a bokeh fanatic, you're probably always chasing those wide aperture lenses to get that smooth, out-of-focus look that makes your subject pop against the background. But, you might be surprised by the beautiful bokeh you can get from a lens that only has an aperture of f/2.8. Check out this great video on a fascinating lens.