What Photographers Need to Know About Sharpening for the Web and Print

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer6 Comments

Steve McGanity, a reader from England (or do you prefer UK?) asked a question regarding sharpening in response to my article on tips for sharper photos. In the article, I briefly mentioned that photographers need to sharpen photos that will be used on the web differently than photos that will be printed.  Steve wanted to know how to properly sharpen …

Where to Focus for Landscape Photography

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer34 Comments

Today’s topic comes from Jennifer Brinkman, who submitted a question on our Facebook Fan Page.  Here’s her question: “I’ve been following your blogs and really appreciate all the great information they contain.  I just bought a Tokina 11-16mm lens.  This is my first truly wide-angle lens.  I’m wondering if there is any trick to getting a really sharp photo with …

How Long Do Memory Cards Last?

In Gear by Jim Harmer26 Comments

In response to my article entitled “9 Things Photographers Need to Know About Memory Cards“, Richard Cole and Aloha Lavina sent in a question about memory cards and this post will serve as a response. The Memory Card Reliability Question How long do CF memory cards last?  Should I replace my old cards after a while, or will they still …

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More info on depth of field

In Photo Basics by Dustin Olsen9 Comments

by Dustin Olsen   Need more blur? Go to: Filter > Blur > BINGO! Same with sharpening! But before we “Go to:” anywhere in Photoshop – we need to nail it the camera, first! Simple things such as adding blur or increasing the sharpness are things we can do before making it to Photoshop. We Want More Blur?! A large …

How to Photograph Gorgeous Night Portraits

In Portrait by Jim Harmer5 Comments

I spend a significant amount of time just enjoying beautiful photography.  I look at great photos on flickr, on the websites of other photographers, and I always look at the websites of people who comment on the blog and include a link to their site.  In seeing all these photos, I am frequently surprised at how many photographers miss out …

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5 Tips for Better Photography of Your Kids

In Portrait by Jim Harmer2 Comments

Every photographer takes family photos.  For hobbyist photographers, that’s probably what you photograph more than anything else.  Unfortunately, I rarely see articles on photography sites about how to take better portraits of one’s own family.  To that end, I wrote this post on how to improve your photos of the kids. Kid Photography Tip #1: Stop asking the kids to …