Advanced Photography Tips [IP53]

What's in this episode

  • Jim's 3 advanced tips for culling your photos.
  • How to set up back button focus on any DSLR.
  • How to achieve high speed sync WITHOUT a flash that has high speed sync.
  • How to include more local flair in each of your travel photos.
  • and more!

Resources mentioned in this episode

  • Jim's recommendation of monitors for photography, including the monoprice monitor.
  • Jim's photo that he didn't like when he shot it but discovered this week in Lightroom and edited can be seen on his Photography site.
  • Jim started a new Improve Photography Travel Group for photographers who want to talk with other photographers and get together to travel and do photography.  Grab a flight or hop in the car and go meet up with photographers like you to do some photography!  This is totally free–everyone pays their own expenses.  Jim will do his best to be at most of these travel photography opportunities with the community but anyone can use the board to get together.
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7 thoughts on “Advanced Photography Tips [IP53]”

  1. Jim,

    Tried the high speed sync trick with a YN-560 III and my Canon 6D with no luck. The sync speed is 1/160 and at 1/200, the black band at the bottom appeared. Too bad.

  2. Back button focus is also great for HDR/Bracketing. On my dSLR (Nikon) when you bracket a photo, the camera tries to check focus before every shot. So either turn off auto focus on lens or set the camera so you use back button focus.

  3. hi Andrew,

    High speed sync works best with the older flashes , the best ones are the nikon SB 24 flashes, it has a relativel slow burn time , i can sync it up to 8000th with my d800 , my d300 works fine till 3000th, and i tried the 5Dmk2 and it was fine till 2000th.
    the SB 24 sells for around 40$ per piece.
    good luck.

  4. I’m a little behind in the podcasts and I looked up the photo you said was one of your favorites, very nice job! That photo is beautiful!

  5. What was that site you mentioned that you have your photos rated on? Love the podcast and your attitude towards photography.

  6. I’m catching up on your podcasts and in episode 53 you mentioned the travel group idea. I’m having trouble finding it, and was wondering if you decided to take it down, or if there is something else I need to do to get into the group. Thanks for the help, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Great podcasts, and I’m learning a lot.

    Warm regards,


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