Do I need a new tripod?

When I conduct landscape photography workshops, the first thing I notice is the expensive equipment that many of the participants have.  Brand spanking new 5D Mark IIs, 70-200mm lenses, etc.  It amazes me how many photographers buy so much gear before they finally listen to the oft repeated but seldom followed advice to buy a professional tripod and a decent …

The Grand Secret to Photowalk Success

I bet I tricked you with the title to this post.  You probably thought this was going to be a secret about how to organize a photowalk, but you’d be wrong.  This photowalk tip is about how to get great photos while on photowalks. The tip is simple and it has to do with contrast.  Not the type of tonal …

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 …

Advanced HDR Post-Processing Tips Video

In this video tutorial, Jim Harmer explains some advanced tips for post-processing HDR photos. Tips from this video: HDR tip #1: Don’t finish your image in Photomatix.  Every single HDR needs some work in Photoshop to mask in multiple HDRs as well as blending in the original image by using the opacity slider.  This makes HDRs look much more realistic. …

Questions and Answers on Night HDR Photography

Question from a Reader Via Email on Night HDR Photography I went to do a night hdr the other night and I guess that because the scene is very dark I would need more over exposures than under right? What I noticed with my camera (Canon 7D) is that there was no difference to the picture from +2 EV and …