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Ron Leach  |  Jul 10, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’re reading this page we assume it’s no mystery that the term “shutter speed” describes the length of time your camera’s shutter remains open when you take a photograph. That’s half of the exposure equation, the other being lens aperture, that determines how much light hits the sensor (or film) in your camera.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 10, 2017  |  0 comments

It’s a good idea for everyone to occasionally review some basic concepts of photography that are easy to take for granted. To that end, consider this brief article a refresher course in the rules of composition. In fact, if you place two photographers in the same location, pointed at the same subject with identical gear, chances are the resulting images will be surprisingly different because of how each shooter composes the scene.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 07, 2017  |  0 comments

For many photographers, working with “existing light” means shooting during the day and stashing the gear after the sun drops below the horizon. But if you take that approach you’ll miss out on a whole realm of moods, special effects, and creative possibilities.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 07, 2017  |  0 comments

Dronestagram, the popular global network of drone enthusiasts, has just announced the winners of their 2017 International Drone Photography Contest. For this 4th annual competition they’ve once again partnered with National Geographic to find the best drone photos from across the globe.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 06, 2017  |  0 comments

It’s time to get prepared for next month’s once-in-a-lifetime photographic opportunity when those of us in the U.S. will be treated to the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. 

Michael Chiusano  |  Jul 06, 2017  |  0 comments

Today’s digital cameras have become so adept at almost any shooting situation that, paradoxically, they can inhibit creativity by always delivering a technically perfect result. With little effort, a photographer can produce a sharp, clear, well-exposed image, color balanced and, well, a bit too perfect.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 06, 2017  |  0 comments

Back in the days of film photography, the polarizing filter was widely considered an essential tool for shooting outdoors. These days digital photographers often ignore this important accessory, even though it works it’s magic just as well with digital photography.

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.

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