What you probably don’t know about wide-angle lenses

I have had the conversation dozens of time.  I’m teaching a workshop when I recommend that one of the students buy a wide-angle lens for landscape photography.  The response is classic: “Why do I need a wide angle lens when my kit lens is already an 18mm?  Isn’t that wide-angle?”  The answer isn’t just image quality, there’s a lot more… …

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Landscape Photography Tips Video: Creative Composition

  In this short 5-minute video, Jim Harmer walks through the steps to create a stunning landscape photo.  Follow Jim as he takes a landscape picture on the beach in Naples, Florida and then takes the photo home to post-process the image using Lightroom 3 and Photoshop’s Adobe Camera Raw. Creative photography tip for landscape photographers. Using a long exposure …

Do Night Photographers Need to Cover the Viewfinder to Prevent Light Leaks?

In my article “13 Photography Myths Every Photographer Should Know,” I explain my findings from testing various photography beliefs.  One of them is this… that night photographers need to block the optical viewfinder to prevent light leaks. DSLR cameras work by passing light through the lens, bouncing it off the mirror, flipping the image through a prism, and then showing …

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Does Mirror Lock-Up Actually Improve Sharpness?

This article is a separate explanation for my testing of how UV filters negatively impact image quality, and is referenced in my article “13 Photography Myths Every Photographer Should Know.” What is mirror lock-up? Mirror lock-up is a feature on almost all DSLRs that allows the photographer to flip up the mirror in the camera and then wait for any …