Review of LensRentals.com

In Gear by Jim Harmer7 Comments

There are now several companies dedicated to renting lenses and other photography gear to photographers.  Borrowlenses.com, LensProToGo.com, Lensrentals.com, etc.  These companies charge you a fee for you to rent a lens for a few days or weeks and ship the lens right to your door.  When you’re done with the lens, you ship it back to them and pay the …

Step-by-step guide to planning a creative shoot

In Features by Jim Harmer4 Comments

Creativity is a complex concept.  It involves making something new and out-of-the-ordinary.  It means avoiding the expected and typical.  With this in mind, many photographers attempt to take creative photographs by creating absolutely insane and ridiculous scenes and then snapping a picture of it.  I’m always amazed when I look at the top-voted pictures on flickr each day.  Some of …

How to make your landscape photography look dull and un-inspiring

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer5 Comments

Gorgeous mountain scene–check.  Have my photography gear–check.  Found a good composition–check.  Dull and un-inspiring photo–unfortunately, check. We’ve all been there.  This is an unfortunate example from my portfolio of photos that *almost* turned out beautiful.  Examining this mistake will hopefully lead us to understand some of the most important characteristics of good landscape photography. Look at the photo featured on …

Give it a tilt! (Portrait photography composition)

In Portrait by Jim Harmer7 Comments

I’ve noticed two things when I give my clients photos from a portrait shoot.  First, they don’t really care about the technical photography junk.  All they care about is whether or not they look good…and their definition of looking good is usually very different than my assessment of whether or not they look good. The second thing that clients always …

What is the highest aperture on a DSLR camera?

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer1 Comment

While many lenses have a maximum aperture of f/22, some lenses have apertures that go to f/40 or higher! Generally, photographers do not use any aperture above f/18 or f/22 because of diffraction.  Diffraction is a phenomenon which causes a loss in sharpness because light rays are bent around the aperture. The following is a story of when I broke …

Tips for shooting little league or high school sports

In Sports Photography by Jim Harmer7 Comments

For many of you, this was the reason you bought your first DSLR.  Shooting sports is really fun, and even more so if it’s your own kid.  This last fall, I spent a fair bit of time shooting high school sports for the youth in a little Boy Scout group where I volunteer.  I figured out a few things last …