By Jeff Carlson | Sunday, January 18, 2015
You’ve set a goal to become a better photographer this year. Now, where to start?
The easy route is to buy new camera gear, but that can quickly turn into a trap. Throwing a few thousand dollars into a high-end DSLR will no doubt get you technical improvements such as higher resolution images and faster autofocus—but it’s not a magic shortcut that levels up your skills just by unboxing the camera.
By Justin Reznick | Friday, January 16, 2015
Winter landscapes are stunning to behold—and to shoot. But cold-weather photography comes with a unique set of challenges.
It’s important for photographers to have the proper equipment and using smart techniques when shooting in the bitter cold.
Follow these strategies and gear tips to ensure that winter conditions don’t slow you down on your next photographic outing.
By Brian Matiash | Tuesday, January 13, 2015
One of the hallmarks of true growth as a photographer is learning to appreciate not only the what and how of creating photos, but also exploring the why. Once you understand what your camera and lenses can offer and how you can put them to use, the next step is to evaluate why you might use a particular lens or focal length over another.
I’m going to show you the importance of the lens you choose to use, specifically focusing on your actual focal length.
By Jeff Carlson | Monday, January 05, 2015
“What’s the most important thing to know about photography?”
The woman asking was in the back of a touring van with me, two of a dozen photographers bouncing along the highway between destinations on a photo workshop. She was relatively new to photography, enthusiastic about making images with a new DSLR that she was only just beginning to understand how to use.
I think she expected me to answer with something about lens choices or camera features. I had become an unofficial geek consultant during the workshop, happily fielding questions about camera gear, iPads, Macs, and software. Those things naturally shuffled through my brain, but after a moment I changed tack and said, “To go out and do it.”
Even as I spoke, I knew that sounded like the most obvious, clichéd, bumper-sticker answer one could come up with. Just do it! Carpé diem! Seize the sunrise! All that.
But to be a better photographer, you’ve got to develop and nurture a photographer’s eye. And to do that, you need practice, which means going out and making photos.
By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Last week I gave you some advice on what to do when your photos are stolen and reused elsewhere—without your permission.
Here are some more options you have if you discover that someone has poached your photos.
By Joseph Linaschke | Sunday, December 21, 2014
I live in Southern Oregon, where we get these things called seasons. Not every place in the world gets them, but we’re lucky enough that we do. Fall just ended and boy, was it pretty.
The colors here are so vibrant that it’s not hard to make a beautiful image—which means if you want your photo to stand out from the others, you really have to work at it!
Outside of obvious things like shooting in the best light, getting a great composition, and nailing the exposure, there’s a lot you can do to a photo in the computer.
But it’s also easy to go way over the top, resulting in an image that just looks fake. There’s a very fine balance—and this article shows how that balance was achieved for the image above.
By Derrick Story | Friday, December 19, 2014
What if you weren’t bound by budget when shopping for your favorite photographer?
If a sudden windfall has blessed your bank account, or you have a new credit card in need of a proper maiden voyage, there’s no shortage of extravagant gifts for photographers with terrific taste.
Or just maybe, you’ll want to add these to your own holiday wish list—and send it to a generous aunt.
Hey—it’s fun to dream.
By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, December 18, 2014
Traveling for the holidays? Do you feel obliged to bring your laptop to manage the photos you plan to capture? Sure, that’s the easiest way to store and manage your images, but lugging a laptop too often feels like bringing work along, too.
In a recent series of articles, I advocated how an iPad is a fantastic photographer’s companion when shooting in the field (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). It’s lightweight, powerful, and has a great screen for reviewing photos.
What it doesn’t have is a lot of storage. Even a 128 GB model can be limiting if you’re shooting many gigabytes of image files—especially if you capture larger raw images, or Raw+JPEG pairs. Using an iPad also doesn’t provide a good backup of your photos.
But that doesn’t mean you need to lug the laptop. I’ve been using the WD My Passport Wireless portable hard disk as an extension of my iPad’s storage and for photo backup. Unlike earlier drives that connect to mobile devices via Wi-Fi, the My Passport Wireless includes a component that makes a huge difference for photographers: a built-in SD card reader.
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