Depth of field — it’s more than just aperture!

We all know that the aperture value controls the depth of field, but I am shocked how many intermediate photographers have never learned what other factors also impact depth of field (how much is sharp and how much of the photo is blurred).  In fact, these other factors have as much impact on depth of field as the aperture does. …

Plan the Light for Better Animal Photography

Unlike portraiture, there is no “Smile for the camera” when photographing wildlife.   No bringing animals into the studio or setting up fancy lighting gear.  For these reasons, many photographers mistakenly believe that the light “Is what it is” when shooting animals.  These photographers are missing out.  This post will explain how you can improve the lighting in your animal …

Six tips for using a polarizer

Yesterday, we discovered what circular polarizers are and what they accomplish.  Today you’ll learn six tips for using a polarizer. Polarizer Tip #1: Polarizers will have little or no effect when used to shoot a setting sun, because the angle is wrong.  The effect of a polarizers manifests itself at 90 degree angles to the sun.  So if you make …

Oh the beauties of a polarizer!

Today and tomorrow, my posts will discuss polarizers: what they are, when they are useful, and some lesser-known tips on how to use a polarizer.  These posts are in response to a misguided photographer who recently told a student in one of my classes that polarizers don’t work at sea level.  That’s a new one! There is one phenomenon that …

Flash Sync Speeds… No Experience Necessary

First, a disclaimer.  This is a very complex and scientific subject, and I’m going to do my best to explain this topic in very simple terms because this is an oft-misunderstood subject.  So if you’re an advanced super-photographer, just feel free to tell me what I missed in the comments below, but know that I probably skipped it on purpose. …