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 …

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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. Side note: would you like to learn more about how you can …

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. …