How to Protect Your Photos

In Features by Jim Harmer1 Comment

If you caught a virus, your house flooded, a robber broke in your house, or your 2 year old decided to “play” with the laptop…. you could easily lose every picture on your hard drive.  If disaster struck right at this moment, would you have a backup for all your photography? If that backup is a DVD, you should know …

10 Tips for Stunning Action Photography

In Sports Photography by Jim Harmer6 Comments

Action Photography Tip #1: Plan ahead! Carefully plan where you will set up.  This is probably the biggest mistake for action photographers.  I can’t tell you how many parents I see on the sidelines shooting their son’s soccer game from the middle of the field.  Since the action will mostly occur near the goal, that is a much better place …

The Case for Megapixels

In Gear by Jim Harmer5 Comments

We have all heard photographers complain about the camera manufacturers adding more and more megapixels on tinier and tinier sensors.  We’ve all complained about it, too.  I’d include myself in that group of complainers, but today I’d like to make the case for more megapixels. There are only two reasons not to have more megapixels: First, it fills up our …

6 Tips to Improve Your Panning Photography

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer2 Comments

Whenever I see movement in a scene, I immediately ask myself whether I want to allow blur of the moving item to show movement, or if I want to freeze the action with a fast shutter speed.  I personally believe that many photographers make the mistake of always freezing motion.  It is certainly easy to freeze the motion in a …

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 …