Articles tagged "technique"

6 tips for shooting fall color

The leaves are already starting to turn and the pumpkin beer is already flowing up here in the Pacific Northwest. We've put together a list of six tips to make shooting fall color that much more enjoyable! Read more

6 tips for better wildflower photos

Peak wildflower season attracts crowds of photographers, which can make it an overwhelming affair. We've got some tips to help you get amazing wildflower photos with as little stress as possible. Read more

The good, the bad and the ugly of aerial photography – part 2: aircraft

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

19 tips for better live music photography

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to shooting a concert, but our basic tips and guidelines can help you get great shots and keep grooving to the music. Read more

8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls

Shooting waterfalls can be a tricky proposition, but with these helpful tips you'll be able to shoot stunning images of waterfalls in no time at all. Read more

Top tips for composing great landscapes

Getting the right composition for landscape photographs can be challenging. In this article, DPReview writer Chris Williams outlines some tips to make the process as painless as possible. Read more 

Behind the shot: Praia da Adraga at blue hour

Landscape shooter and DPR regular Nicolas Alexander Otto shares what went into creating an image of a rocky coastline during the blue hour in this behind-the-scenes. Learn more

Fly-by: Learn how to shoot the Milky Way from an airplane

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

Canon USA launches new online photography courses

Canon USA has announced seven new photography courses that will form the beginning of a new program called Canon Online Learning. The courses are aimed at the full spectrum of photographers from beginners to pros. Read more

Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial

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

Go with the glow: How to effectively use Orton Layers in post processing

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

Erez Marom: On the importance of naming images

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

Winds of Change: Shooting changing landscapes

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

Behind the Shot: Spot the Shark

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.

Beginner's guide: shooting high-key at home

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 blog posts tips for photographing 4th of July fireworks

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.

The GigaPan EPIC Pro
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The GigaPan EPIC Pro is a motorized panorama head built to create high resolution images. Carsten Krieger took the device in the field to experience the GigaPan life style.

Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them

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.

Flying Penguins: Photography in Antarctica
Antarctica is one of the most remote, extreme, and spectacular photo destinations in the world. This article covers tips for shooting in such unique conditions.
Photographer Greg Heisler and the story behind an ESPN cover photo

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)

5 apps for better baby photos

Are you catching the best mobile baby shots you can? 

Software Technique: Out on a Limb

Learn how mobile photographer Natalie Maddon manipulates her ethereal images. 

Software Technique: Basic masking tutorial

Mobile photographer and We Are Juxt member Rebecca Cornwell offers a masking tutorial for the iPhone. 

Software Technique: Mike Hill takes us through 9 steps to spooky...

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? 

Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash  By Joe McNally

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.

Practical HDR, Second Edition
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David Nightingale’s overview of the techniques and tools of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography takes beginners through the general principles and specific techniques of achieving looks that ranges from ultra-realistic to dreamlike.
Technique: Digital Photo Collages
Sometimes even the widest angle lens isn't wide enough to capture the scene in front of you. That's where photo collages come in. In this single-page technique article, Barney Britton explains how to shoot and create your own collages.
How to Use Composition to Improve Your Images
Composition is the most important component of great photography. Understanding how to compose an image will improve your ability to take good pictures.
HA-ETTR: An Easier Way To Expose To The Right Using The Camera's Highlight Alert

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.

Book Review: Visual Stories - Behind the Lens with Vincent Laforet
As Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet transitions away from still photography and more towards film and video, he looks back at his photojournalistic and commercial career in this engaging book. Adam Koplan takes a look.
The Passionate Photographer By Steve Simon
Adam Koplan takes a closer look at Steve Simon's captivating book, The Passionate Photographer. In it, Simon aims to help shooters address two important dilemmas: 'Why aren't my pictures as good as I want them to be?' and the immediate follow-up, 'What can I do about it?'
Software Technique: Creating and Adding Textures

It's easy to create and add textures to images, creating a more painterly look that adds depth and dimension. Learn how painting with pixels can help you create some striking imagery.

The Photographer's Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos  By Michael Freeman
In a follow-up to his widely regarded book, The Photographer's Eye, documentary photographer Michael Freeman has published a fascinating text that aims to help photographers to be more thoughtful in their picture-making.
"Golden Hour" Photography
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The golden hour, when the sun is just over the horizon, is an excellent time for taking photographs.
Filters after the fact: Digital split ND filters versus HDR

Both digital graduated neutral density filters and single image HDR Toning, as well as multi image HDR processing, can effectively even out the exposure within images that have areas that are far too light or too dark. Certain situations may lend themselves more to one approach than the other.

An In-depth Discussion of M + Auto-ISO for Canon SLRs

An in-depth discussion about Auto-ISO, we explore the way Auto-ISO functions, the rationale behind its use, and its advantages.

Shoot Close Up For Impact!
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Shooting close up for impact (SCUFI) is a great technique for separating a subject from its surroundings to create compositions with greater stopping power. This is not a macro technique, but actually getting closer to your subject.
The Rule of Thirds: A Simple Way to Improve Your Images
The rule of thirds is an easy way for beginning photographers to improve the composition of their photographs. This article explains how to break away from a center-oriented composition and create a more dynamic image.
Shooting Small Flowers with a Macro Lens
Shooting small flowers has many challenges. This describes both the equipment and process of one approach.
The Art of HDR Photography Part 4: HDR Workflow
In the fourth chapter of Uwe Steinmueller's guide to the art of HDR photography we look at workflow, tools and techniques.