Off-camera flash… on the cheap!

Someone once told me that you’re not a serious photographer until you have the gear to do off-camera flash.  While I’m not sure that this is an accurate statement for many reasons, most of us want to have this technique as an option in our tool belts; however, you’ve probably been down to the camera store and noticed how EXPENSIVE …

More than you wanted to know about noise

This is a sample chapter from Jim Harmer’s book Improve Your Night Photography.  Check out the book! The success or failure of your night photography will likely depend on whether or not you have fully mastered your low-light shooting technique. A skilled night  photographer can leave a shoot knowing that all of her images were shot correctly to attain an image with …

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… …

Improve Your Night Photography

Skilled night photographers can leave any shoot knowing they captured the scene in perfect focus and low noise, but beginning photographers often leave night shoots frustrated. After teaching dozens of photographers how to shoot at night, the author compiled this book to explain the most important tips for night photographers. This book is targeted to intermediate and advanced amateur photographers …