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Ron Leach  |  Apr 19, 2023  |  0 comments

EV-Compensation is an important concept to understand if you want to consistently capture properly exposed images in the camera. Also known as Exposure Compensation, this setting is a feature in just about any camera you own, and when used properly it often eliminates the necessity of balancing tones during the editing process.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 05, 2023  |  0 comments

We thought we’d start the day with a fun short-and-sweet” technique for embellishing photos with sunstars captured in the camera. So pull up a chair, watch the two-minute video below, and see how it’s done.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 22, 2023  |  0 comments

All photographers strive to create photos with accurate focus, and most of us prefer to get things right in the camera. This saves time during the editing process, and helps avoid the temptation to take things too far—ending up with an unsightly, “crispy” effect.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 21, 2023  |  0 comments

When manufacturers design a camera’s menu they do so without knowing the type of images you shoot or what style of imagery you prefer. And that’s why it’s important to modify the default settings so they meet your specific needs.

Deborah Sandidge  |  Mar 17, 2023  |  0 comments

Camera technology these days is amazing; it’s practically magic. The problem, though, to my way of thinking and photographing, is that the magic offers a very wide and deep comfort zone—you might call it a zone of automatic decisions, and it’s probably best not to spend a lot of time there, certainly not if you want to create individualistic images.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 17, 2023  |  0 comments

If you ask a bunch of budding landscape photographers to name the biggest challenge they face, the answer you’re likely to receive is “getting a perfect exposure.” This can be difficult with all forms of outdoor photography, but it’s particularly an issue when shooting landscape scenes with a wide range of tones from bright highlights to deep shadows.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 15, 2023  |  0 comments

Image sharpness is an interesting topic with regard to all styles of photography: On the one hand nobody wants soft photos, but at the same time you can really mess up a nice shot by going overboard during the editing process.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 14, 2023  |  0 comments

The history of photography and camera technology is littered with controversies about the “best” way to capture an image. For a while shooters questioned the value of autofocus, then there was a debate regarding the quality of digital images vs. those shot with film.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 07, 2023  |  0 comments

What if we told you there’s an easy-to-used tool that helps nail exposure with every image you shoot? There is, and it’s called the histogram. Unfortunately it’s often overlooked.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 02, 2023  |  0 comments

Dynamic Range is an important concept that most photographers claim to understand. But ask for an explanation of exactly how it works, and you may receive a blank stare. The quick tutorial below from the popular Booray Explains series covers everything to know about how Dynamic Range affects your photos.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 28, 2023  |  0 comments

Like many photographers using APS-C cameras you may be thinking about “moving up” to a full-frame model, while sifting through all the pros and cons before pulling the trigger. There’s a long list of variables to consider, including one that may not have to your attention.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 27, 2023  |  0 comments

Noise in digital photos can seriously degrade image quality, especially when shooting with budget gear, in much the same way grain is annoying in film photography. There are several editing techniques for cleaning up noisy shots, but today’s topic is banishing these ugly artifacts as much as possible in the camera.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 21, 2023  |  0 comments

It’s been awhile since we had a new DSLR to review, and as a long-time Pentax user I was eager to see what the recently introduced Pentax KF could do. In addition to the SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AL WR kit lens, I also received the new HD Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 ED AW macro lens, which was already on my wish list.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 21, 2023  |  0 comments

As manufacturers continue to introduce cameras with higher and higher resolution, many photographers are confused by conflicting advice about the key differences been models with maximum megapixel count and those with more modest sensors. As a result, many shooters are unsure of what camera to buy next.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 14, 2023  |  0 comments

The tutorial below addresses a question we receive often; namely “What the heck is electronic first curtain shutter, and why would I use it over the mechanical or regular electronic shutter?” If you’ve wondered about that yourself take a look, because pro David Bergman clears up all the confusion in just about 10 minutes.