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Seth Shostak  |  Jun 23, 2017  |  0 comments

If you use anything more capable than a smartphone for making photos, then you know all about sharpening. Well, at least you can find a menu item that, in a fraction of a second, turns “acceptable” photos into snappier snaps. It’s like flush toilets: you may not understand exactly how they work, but you know how to use them.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 23, 2017  |  0 comments

There are a number of interesting film-era camera effects that are popular among today’s digital photographers, one of which is the so-called “Lomo Effect” named after an old Russian film camera. The inexpensive Lomo LC-A was known for creating images with blurry edges, a sharp center, weirdly saturated colors, and plenty of vignetting.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 23, 2017  |  0 comments

Instagram is becoming more and more popular among photographers as a vehicle for showcasing their work. Amateur shooters use the site as a means of sharing images with friends and family, while many pros consider their Instagram page a convenient online portfolio.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments

To our younger readers, film is how we used to take pictures. We called them “photographs” and had to wait (a long time) to see how they turned out. To our not-so-young readers, here’s a quiz to test how much you remember. We also sneaked in a couple questions about current film products because after all, film is not dead. Ready? 

Ron Leach  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments

Seascapes, mountain lakes, and other water scenes offer nature and travel photographers a wealth of opportunities for compelling images. In fact, the vast majority of the global population lives near water in one form or another—along seashores, rivers, waterfalls and lakes.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments

One way to avoid unnecessary processing time is to set the optimum white balance for your scene before shooting a photograph. That typically involves selecting one of the camera’s pre-set modes, or taking time to create a custom white balance setting yourself.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments

Dirty camera sensors are a common source of degraded image quality, resulting in tedious post-processing work to clean up the photograph. This problem is the bane of those who shoot outdoors in dusty conditions, and is particularly acute when using small aperture settings that tend to exaggerate imperfections.

George Schaub  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments

In this day and age of cross-type AF sensors and AF tracking in high-speed shooting modes, a rangefinder-focusing camera might well seem an anomaly, if not a downright anachronism. Indeed, manual focusing has in large part become vestigial among photographers and their ability to focus without AF has atrophied.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Dogs are not only our most faithful companions, they make beautiful photography subjects as you can see in these winning entries from The Kennel Club of Britain’s 2016 Dog Photographer of the Year competition.

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