Helpful blog posts with tips and advice on taking better pictures and improving your photography
We have an exciting line up of our own photography books as well as highly recommended titles from other authors.
CAMERAS & EQUIPMENT
We showcase cameras and gear from leading manufacturers, from DSLRs to drones and studio lighting to camera bags.
We will have more information available on our photography courses in early 2016.
What does it take to create a memorable photograph? First, you need a compelling subject. The best images tell a story and draw in the viewer's interest. What is the narrative for your shot?
A good photographer looks at the available light and makes decisions about the best composition and exposure settings to capture the desired effect and shot.
You don't become a better photographer by investing in more expensive equipment. You will become a better photographer by spending every available moment behind your camera, shooting, combined with an eagerness to study and learn the techniques of photography from experts, through their portfolio of images, photography books and courses.
Understanding and using the different types of light
Learning to how to compose and frame your subject
The Exposure Triangle
Learning to balance aperture, shutter speed and ISO
Depth of Field
Learning to use it to create amazing images
Sony Electronics has introduced the latest addition to their lineup of mirrorless cameras, the α6300 model. The Sony α6300 camera boasts an impressive 4D FOCUS™ system that can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds. It has an incredible 425 phase detection AF points that are positioned over the entire image[…]
In this series of three videos, Kent Weakley shows you how to clean your digital camera. Check out his tips and techniques below. How to Clean Your DSLR Camera – Part One In part one, you will learn how to clean the exterior and lenses of your DSLR camera. How to Clean Your DSLR Camera[…]
In another post we addressed some of the common problems with smartphone photography. Of course there are also many advantages of smartphone cameras especially due to their small size and portability. But I bet you haven’t thought of doing half of these amazing smartphone photography tricks. Watch this incredible video from Photographer Lorenz Holder and I’m sure[…]
Do you know how to clean your DSLR camera’s sensor? One of the common signs that the sensor needs cleaning is when your images contain small, blurry, black dots or circles. You can pay to have a professional camera shop clean it for you, or you can consider doing it yourself. A word of caution[…]
Over recent years, the quality of smartphone cameras has improved a great deal. Despite the convenience of being able to shoot photos with a device that easily fits in your pocket there are still some common problems to avoid with smartphone photography. Check out these issues and our solutions and you should soon be taking[…]
In this video Joseph Holmes, a Berkeley-born landscape photographer who’s been publishing fine art prints since the late 1960’s, joins us to explain the advantages of shooting RAW image files. Similar to photographic negatives, raw digital images have a wider dynamic color range and minimum loss of information. Joseph explains about five advantages for shooting[…]
In one of his “lighter” tutorials, Kai from DigitalRevCom has put together a YouTube video showing how to shoot levitation photography. These are images that makes it look like the subject is floating in mid air. Enjoy! Canon EOS 6D | NikonD7100 | Sony SLT-A99 | Canon EOS 650D | Apple iPhone 4 This was inspired by the work[…]
In this video, photographer Tony Northrup shows you his personal collection of 11 different tripods and describes the unique features of each. This video will teach you all you need to know to select the tripod that best meets your needs. Enjoy!
Would you like to learn how to shoot beautiful photographs of the night sky? Some people never try, figuring that they must need a bunch of expensive photography equipment. Well, you’re about to find out how you can do it. Shooting Stars is a guide by Phil Hart that teaches you how to shoot the moon[…]
In this YouTube video Chris Corradino explains how to take waterfall pictures. He explains in detail how he created ten different waterfall images. Enjoy!