15 Creative Photography Project Ideas to Get You Shooting

You have all undoubtedly heard of the 365 project.  The project encourages photographers to get out and take one picture every single day, and then to post that photo online.  It is a fantastic way to improve your shooting skills; HOWEVER, I have seen so many 365 projects lately that I am beginning to wonder whether so many photographers are …

Photo Basics Lesson: How to Check the Exposure

One of the most significant benefits to digital cameras is the LCD screen, which shows you your picture immediately after it was taken.  Unfortunately, the LCD also causes severe problems for photographers.  In this post, I’ll explain a few methods for determining if your exposure is correct by looking at the LCD of the camera. Is the LCD Accurate? If …

The 5 Elements of Captivating Photography

In my local photography class last night, I had the students shoot a photo of fruit and a knife on a nice wooden bread board to practice macro photography.  I let them shoot for a minute and then asked them why the photos on their LCD screens did not look professional.  We spent some time discussing what was missing from …

About shutter priority…

When I teach my weekly beginning photography class, I usually teach them something that I don’t believe in.  I teach it anyway since it makes things simpler for learning the fundamentals and I figure they will learn to improve their technique when they have more experience. The mistake that I teach is this:   “If you you are mostly concerned …

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More info on depth of field

by Dustin Olsen   Need more blur? Go to: Filter > Blur > BINGO! Same with sharpening! But before we “Go to:” anywhere in Photoshop – we need to nail it the camera, first! Simple things such as adding blur or increasing the sharpness are things we can do before making it to Photoshop. We Want More Blur?! A large …

What is the highest aperture on a DSLR camera?

While many lenses have a maximum aperture of f/22, some lenses have apertures that go to f/40 or higher! Generally, photographers do not use any aperture above f/18 or f/22 because of diffraction.  Diffraction is a phenomenon which causes a loss in sharpness because light rays are bent around the aperture. The following is a story of when I broke …