The 5 Elements of Captivating Photography

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer8 Comments

In my local photography class last night, I had the students shoot a photo of fruit and a knife on a nice wooden bread board to practice macro photography.  I let them shoot for a minute and then asked them why the photos on their LCD screens did not look professional.  We spent some time discussing what was missing from …

About shutter priority…

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer6 Comments

When I teach my weekly beginning photography class, I usually teach them something that I don’t believe in.  I teach it anyway since it makes things simpler for learning the fundamentals and I figure they will learn to improve their technique when they have more experience. The mistake that I teach is this:   “If you you are mostly concerned …

A Creative Tip for Finding New Photography Locations

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer10 Comments

Sometimes it can be difficult and disappointing when you have a free morning to go shoot photography, but you can’t think of anywhere new to shoot.  I run into that problem all the time, but I thought of a fun way for photographers to find new places to shoot. If you haven’t heard of geocaching before, it is a world-wide …

Photography Bag Review: Lowepro Fastpack 250

In Gear by Jim Harmer1 Comment

I purchased the Lowepro Fastpack 250 about a year ago to use on photo walks.  The larger bags fit more gear, but I wanted something that could hold a decent amount of gear without too much work.  I really like the bag for how convenient it is, and it is a high-quality product. How much does it hold? The camera …

A Review of the Tripod Brands: Some lesser-known facts

In Gear by Jim Harmer44 Comments

Buying a tripod is an absolutely agonizing process.  I was reminded of my past experiences in buying a tripod when I listened to a podcast from Marko Kulik this week.  Unless you’re an absolute beginner in photography, you already know how important a rock solid tripod and ballhead can be.  If you buy a high-quality tripod, you will likely own …

10 Tips for Better Animal Photography at the Zoo

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer4 Comments

Many wildlife photographers turn up their noses to photographers who shoot at zoos, but most of us think it’s fun.  The following tips will help you to capture better photos when you go to the zoo or a wildlife refuge. Zoo Photography Tip #1: Use a large aperture to shoot through fences.  These first 4 tips are all ways to …