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Ron Leach  |  Jul 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Whether you’re shooting indoor portraits by window light or using available light outdoors, an inexpensive reflector is one of best tools for dramatically improving your results. In the five-minute video below, photographer Mark Cleghorn demonstrates everything you need to know to get the job done.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 05, 2017  |  1 comments

All of us have stumbled upon a great photo opportunity when our “serious” camera was at home, and that’s when we reach for our smartphone with fingers crossed. But when it comes to shooting cars, all is not lost if you watch the COOPH video below with professional car photographer Bernhard Spottel.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 01, 2017  |  0 comments

Photographers feast on early morning and early evening illumination. Summer brings us more hours of daylight and consequently more shooting time. But exactly when does the sun come up in your town? And how can you determine what time the sun sets in a city you are about to visit? 

Ron Leach  |  Jun 28, 2017  |  0 comments

If you want to make great images of next week’s 4th of July fireworks festivities it’s important to know what you’re doing before the spectacle lights up the sky. The six-minute video below will explain everything you need to know to make the most of this annual opportunity.

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 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.

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 19, 2017  |  0 comments

There are plenty of rules about which focal length lens works best for different types of photography. For example, many of us were taught to reach for a 50mm or 85mm lens for portraiture and a 24mm ultra-wide for interiors, architecture and landscape shots.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 15, 2017  |  0 comments

Josh Katz is a young photographer with great skills and an ability to teach them to others. In this tutorial he provides eight steps for adding impact to action photos with a simple camera panning technique.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 14, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’re too young to have ever used a manual focus camera (or too old to remember), it’s easy to take autofocus technology for granted. But most of us appreciate how this vital capability makes photography easier, faster, and far more precise.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 14, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’re under the impression that great still life photography requires a well-equipped studio and a bunch of expensive lighting equipment, think again. In the quick video below you’ll learn how to use common household items to create images that look like they were shot by a pro.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 13, 2017  |  0 comments

Yesterday’s story with several fun camera hacks was so popular that we decided to bring you six more DIY projects for improving your photography and videos using stuff you have at home.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 13, 2017  |  0 comments

If you thought yesterday’s story on capturing moods and feelings was a bit touchy feely, check out the video below demonstrating how negative thoughts can impede creativity.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 13, 2017  |  0 comments

On August 21, 2017, photographers in the U.S. will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to document a unique eclipse of the sun that last occurred in 1918. We recently shared detailed information on how to photograph the event, and in the tutorial below you’ll learn how to capture some stunning videos.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 12, 2017  |  0 comments

Camera hack videos are among the most popular stories we post, and for good reason: These quick DIY projects not only save you money, but they’re a lot of fun to do.