For folks in the U.S., July 4th represents an opportunity to capture the night sky all dressed up for summer's biggest party. Whether you're photographing fireworks for the first time or looking for some new techniques to try, we have a few pointers that might help.
Articles tagged "technique"
The days where you're more or less locked into premium or first-party flash units has gone. They're less than $50 now, so there's one less excuse not to get one. Here's our case for adding one to your kit, and a few pointers to get you going.
It never hurts to brush up on the building blocks of photo composition.
In this video, we took the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V out into the night, to shoot light-painting with LA-based photography duo 'Nightcrawlers'.
Using the warp tool is way easier than actually bending time and space.
Adobe Senior Creative Director Russell Brown recently posted this neat demo showing a technique for matching colors in Photoshop without touching a hue slider.
Photographer Bob Holmes shares tips about lighting to bring that 'National Geographic look' into your pictures.
Amy Shore has written an epic blog post that ranges from learning your camera to finding clients and invoicing.
It's cherry blossom season! Recently, the staff of DPReview grabbed some of our favorite gear and headed over to the University of Washington. See gallery
Photographers throughout the U.S. will get a rare treat this upcoming August 21: a total solar eclipse visible throughout a significant part of the country. Canon has launched an educational blog for those looking to photograph the event. Read more
The blooming of University of Washington's cherry blossom trees is an annual Seattle tradition – and a challenging photographic subject. But we don't back down from a challenge. See video
Almost every major manufacturer in the business offers some form of autofocus subject tracking; this feature lets you decide what subject the camera should track, and the camera takes care of the rest. Why should you care? Because it will change the way you shoot forever. Read more
Man’s best friend isn’t necessarily the most cooperative portrait subject. After spending some time photographing dogs (and a few cats) awaiting adoption at a local shelter, we’ve learned some lessons and have a number of tips for better pet portraits. Read more
When you're shooting from a light plane or a helicopter, you'll want to consider the equipment you bring carefully. Veteran landscape and aerial photographer Erez Marom has some suggestions. Read more
Winter is coming, but that doesn't mean that you have to hang up your photography gear and head for warmer weather. Here are some tips on what and where to shoot when it gets cold. Read more
If you've got your eye on trying out aerial photography, landscape shooter Erez Marom has a few tips to share on getting into the right aircraft for the job. Read more
How do you photograph the Milky Way from an airplane? You'll need a black jacket and a lot of patience for trial and error, apparently. Read more
Ever wonder how landscape photographers get stunning sharpness throughout their images even when shooting in challenging conditions? The answer is simple, but the process can be difficult. Focus stacking isn't for the faint of heart, but this tutorial should help to shed some light on the process. Learn more
Have you ever wondered how some of the top landscape photographers achieve that dreamy yet sharp look? It's actually quite simple. In this article you will find a step-by-step guide to creating, refining and using the 'Orton layer' in your post processing workflow. Read more
Landscape and nature photographer Erez Marom has a lot of experience getting images in tough locations all over the world. Getting great shots takes a lot of work, but how many of us spend any time considering how to name our images? In this article, Erez takes us through his thought-process when titling his images, and explains why he thinks it's so important. Click through to read the full article
There are more people taking pictures now than ever before, and as a consequence, some of the world's most beautiful views have been photographed to death. In this article, nature and landscape photographer Erez Marom explains the value of shooting 'changing' landscapes, which offer different perspectives every time you visit - or even from day to day, or minute to minute. Click through to read his article
Nature photographer Erez Marom shares the story of his image 'Spot the Shark', taken at Breiðamerkursandur - 'the ice beach' in Iceland. In this article he explains how he set up and took the picture, and the post-processing steps required to get to the final result. Click through for the full story.
High-key lighting is a classic look for portraits or product photography that minimizes shadows and produces a bright, vibrant look. Although typically shot in the studio with lots of high-powered lights, it's possible to produce a similar look at home using some fairly basic kit. In this article we'll talk you through a simple backyard setup and some easy post-processing that will serve as a great introduction to high-key portraiture. Learn more
Sigma has posted an informative article on its blog by photographer Jack Howard, sharing tips on how to photograph fireworks. The article comes just in time for the 4th of July celebrations in the USA, but is equally relevant to various festivals, year-wide, all over the world. Tips include obvious pointers like making sure you have a good, sturdy tripod, but also more detailed advice about how to set up your camera's exposure and focus modes, as well as how to trigger exposures. Click through for a link to the article at blog.sigmaphoto.com.
Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind have written a beginner’s guide to photographic lighting centered around an unusual conceit. By structuring a book around a list of common challenges, they are able to give simple, understandable, and achievable solutions that add up to a 'lighting 101' guide.
In a 'Master Series' video posted by lighting maker Profoto USA, celebrated photographer Greg Heisler shares a behind the scenes tale of how he created a unique on-location portrait of then-NBA star Alonzo Mourning. In explaining a lighting setup that even most other pros would struggle to pull off, Heisler breaks down his lighting diagram for a shot that he conceived, 'just because I think it looks cool'. (via Strobist)
Getting this spooky shot involved more than just turning up and tripping the shutter. In this article, mobile photographer Mike Hill explains how he created this image with his iPhone 4S, taking us through his editing process in 9 steps. It took Mike seven apps and a lot of time to achieve this spooky, glowing look. Are you ready?
A superstar in the editorial photography and photo-education worlds, bestselling author McNally (The Moment It Clicks and The Hotshoe Diaries) has written another accessible, entertaining book - this time about methods for creating and shaping light using all manner of strobes.
Highlight Alert-Expose To The Right (HA-ETTR) is a variation on ETTR that gives the photographer an easier way to determine the correct exposure for the best quality image.