10 Tips for light painting (night photography)

Light painting is an incredibly fun technique in which photographers use flashlights, camera flashes, and spotlights to literally paint light into a scene.  It’s one of the most fun night photography techniques.  Many photographers have attempted it, but only a few have mastered it (and I’m admittedly NOT one who has mastered it).  Nevertheless, I want to share a few …

The Da Vinci Rule of Composition

Leonardo Da Vinci wasn’t even alive during the age of photography, but he did have something to say about composition: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” If you feel that you are often unable to shoot an ordinary scene and give the photo a professional look, then the problem is most likely that your compositions are too busy. Note the simplicity …

Wildlife Photography at High Noon

Perfect shot.  Perfect lens.  Perfect set-up.  Harsh, mid-day lighting.  Ugh!  Such was the situation when I came upon these fawns (for those of you who don’t speak Bambi, that means baby deer).  It was the middle of the day and the lighting was disgusting.  When you look at this photo, you probably can’t tell the lighting was terrible.  Why?  Read …

The #1 Night Photography Mistake

I’m a night photography fanatic.  Night photography is beautiful and contains a certain mood that other types of photography simply don’t contain.  Because I love night photography, I spend a lot of time looking on Flickr for night photos.  Between viewing night photos online and teaching photographers in my in-person workshops, I see a lot of mistakes being repeated. There …

The worst place to shoot wildlife photography

What is it?  What’s the worst place to shoot wildlife photography?  If you’re thinking the zoo, then you’d be dead wrong.  The truth is that the worst place to shoot wildlife photography is where most people would think is the best place to shoot wildlife photos. Confused?  Allow me to explain.  Whenever I teach wildlife photography workshops, the students always ask …

HDR Photography Tips [Video]

Join me, Jim Harmer, on an HDR landscape photography shoot at the beach in Florida.  Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the audio from my microphone, so I had to use the windy audio from the camera’s on-board mic.  Woops! In this video, I teach some compositional tricks for landscape photographers and go through an in-depth tutorial on how to process HDR …