The Ideal Aperture for Landscape Photography

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer22 Comments

Whenever I teach a class on landscape photography, I can guarantee that one of the first questions asked will be what aperture photographers should use for landscape photography.  I wish it were so simple that I could say an aperture value and leave it at that.  The truth is that, for photographers who really want to improve their landscape photography, …

Review of the Black Rapid RS-5 Camera Strap

In Gear by Jim Harmer6 Comments

The longest I have ever used the camera strap that comes with the DSLR is about 5 minutes.  They are so uncomfortable that I can’t stand it.  In fact, Canon and Nikon even sew little bits of broken glass into the fabric of their camera straps just to make it as uncomfortable as possible.  At least, that’s what it feels …

Flickr SEO: 6 Tips for getting on Flickr’s Explore Page

In Features by Jim Harmer29 Comments

One question I frequently get from Flickr photographers is how to get on the coveted “Explore” page more often.  Flickr is an extremely popular photo-sharing website that allows photographers to socially connect with other users and view their photos.  Every day, the “Explore” page is updated with the most popular photos on Flickr based on how many people view the …

10 Tips for Beautiful Sunset Portrait Photography

In Portrait by Jim Harmer16 Comments

Since I live only a few minutes away from the beach, many of my portrait photography clients want their photo taken on the beach.  In response to a a question from one of the students in my online photography class, I wrote this list of 10 tips for sunset portrait photography. Sunset Portrait Tip #1: Use off-camera flash if you …

Teleconverters and autofocus: What every wildlife photographer should know

In Gear by Jim Harmer25 Comments

I received the following question via email and thought I should write a post here on ImprovePhotography.com to answer the question for the world.  Here’s the question: “I’m looking at buying a teleconverter for my Canon 100-400mm L f/4-5.6 IS lens but I am having difficulty determining if the1.4x or 2.0x teleconverter will still allow for autofocus with this lens. …

My Journey Into Stock Photography

In Marketing/Business by Jim Harmer4 Comments

I’m starting to dabble in stock photography.  I’m not any good at it yet, but it sounds challenging and fun.  I’ll be writing a series of articles on stock photography on this section of the website as I learn more about the world of stock. Stock photography is where photographers sell their images to people for use in advertisements, pamphlets, …