Joby

I just got a great camera strap…and I hate camera straps. Let me tell why I don’t use camera straps, and why I’ll be using this one from Joby everyday. I don’t use a camera strap around my neck for three reasons. Firstly, it gives a me crick in the neck that won’t go away […]

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Shooting Excuses

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, f/8, 9 frame HDR, ISO 800, finished with Lightroom and Photomatix pro. There’s a great podcast I listen to each week, and it really helps with my creativity. It’s called Writing Excuses, and it’s intended for fiction authors. Their topics, however, often apply to all creatives (one I […]

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PFLRhangout2

Rob and I have heard lots of people mention that they wish there was an automatic way to get their photographs into Lightroom after finishing them in Photoshop. Or we hear of people who won’t “bother” with Lightroom because you “have”    to use Bridge to work in Photoshop anyway. Let me tell you, comments like […]

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I just bought a Pentax 67. It’s an old medium format film camera. Format wise, 35mm film is thirty-five millimeters wide by twenty-four millimeters tall, and that’s the same as a full frame DSLR. This camera shoots 120 film and makes a picture that is seventy millimeters wide by 56 millimeters tall. That’s nearly four […]

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Chromatic

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 28mm, f/11, 7 frame HDR, finished in Photomatix Pro. Chromatic aberration may show up as a colored halo in your images, usually surrounding a dark object placed against a bright background, like a mountain against the sky. In my experience, the color is usually pink or green or […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, f/16, 3 frame HDR, ISO 400.

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, f/16, 3 frame HDR, ISO 400. It’s a good idea to have a list of the minimum required gear you’ll need every time you shoot, and to run through that list before you head out the door. I’ve made mine super basic, and I’ve got it committed to […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 48mm, f/16, 5 frame HDR, ISO 200, finished in Lightroom 5 and Photomatix Pro 5. It was about minus 15 degrees F when I made this photograph in Grand Teton National Park. Anytime you take something cold into a place where it’s warm, you’re likely to see water […]

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BWCOLOR-002

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @ 170mm, f/9, 1/200s, ISO 200. As you’ll see in the video below, the finishing touches for a black and white image often makes the color version of the same image look terrific, too. Personally, I think removing the distraction of color helps me make tonal adjustments with better […]

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Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro lens, f/4, 1/320s, ISO 640. You need shadows to make your portraits look their best. Without shadows we can’t see the form of your subject. However, shadows with hard edges are not flattering for everyone because they reveal a little too much form–pimples and wrinkles may appear to be […]

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Nikon D7000, 85mm f/1.8 D lens, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 400. Great black and white images require more than simply removing the color, and Lightroom 5 is a really powerful tool for making memorable black and white photographs. Take a look at this video to see the seven steps I take to make a terrific B&W […]

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Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens @155mm, f/10, 1/125s, ISO 200.

Nikon D800, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens @155mm, f/10, 1/125s, ISO 200, finished in Lightroom 5 How do you know which images will look good as black white? I think just about any good photograph can be a good black and white. It’s important to understand, however, that black and white doesn’t just mean we remove […]

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Nikon D3, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens @135mm, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 200, finished in Adobe Lightroom.

Nikon D3, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens @135mm, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 200, finished in Adobe Lightroom. There’s an instant when a person looks into the lens and has expressive eyes. The key is that eyes are most expressive when they first look into the lens, so you just need your subject to look into the lens […]

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Nikon D7000, 85mm f/1.8, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 400.

Nikon D7000, 85mm f/1.8, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 400. You need to change two things in your camera. First, set your camera so that there is one autofocus square lighting up when you press the shutter halfway down to focus. This lets you choose where to place the focus point (using arrow keys on the back […]

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Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR lens, F/3, 1.60s, ISO 800.

Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR lens, F/3, 1.60s, ISO 800. The lens you choose to make a picture strongly affects how the subject will look. When people jokingly ask if you’re using the “skinny lens”, they’re not far from the mark. If you want to make flattering portrais of people, zoom in. Zoom in […]

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Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR lens, f/7.1, 1/60s, ISO 100.

Even if the only pictures you ever show are landscapes, or closeups, or flowers, or horses, someone is going to ask you to make a family picture. Here are five inevitable facts about family portraits, and one great tip to beat them all. Kids under five always put a hand in the mouth. Always. Middle […]

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Nikon D7100, 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR lens, f/11, 1/100s, ISO 500, finished in Lightroom5, stitched in Photoshop CC.

I’ve fallen in love with time-lapse photography. It allows me to show change in a picture over time, and that’s makes my image more engaging and more endearing. I’ve been shooting lots of time-lapse over the last year, but I’ve only finished a handful of the sequences into video files because I often do one […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @18mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50. Copyright Levi Sim.

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @18mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50. Copyright Levi Sim. Photography is an art which prolongs an instant for eternity. For years I’ve been jealous of long exposure images made in the daytime. They usually show water or clouds that have become totally smoothed as they move through the long […]

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Nikon D800, 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @14mm, f/4, 19minutes 55 seconds, ISO 100.

Winter is the perfect time to practice nighttime photography. I took advantage of the long nights during my Christmas holiday to make some photographs with a friend who hadn’t done nighttime work before, and the tips I shared with her will help you get started making stunning star pictures, too. I don’t mean this to […]

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Nikon D800, 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @24mm, f/16, 15 seconds, ISO 100.

Long exposures are a whole different world of photography, and in the winter months when the sun is gone more often than not, they expand your opportunities for shooting. Here are a few quick tips to get you started making long exposure photographs. Get Stable First of all, use a tripod, or a bean bag, […]

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gpbook

An influential photographer, Matthew Jordan Smith, recently turned me on to the works of Gordon Parks. Smith told me about some of Parks’s famous images, but he also said that Parks’s writings were some of the most powerful words he’d ever read, and they gave him confidence to make a living as a photographer. With […]

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Editor’s Note: PhotoPills is 50% off today only — November 29, 2013 All I can say is that PhotoPills is the single most useful photography app on the planet, and I highly recommend it. Here’s a link to their website. Want to hear more? Ok. I’ll start with the only two downsides, and they are […]

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