Focus and recompose, or compose and focus?

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer10 Comments

Portrait photography often means short depth-of-field.  In fact, when the photographer is close to the subject and a low aperture (such as f/1.8) is used, then the depth-of-field an be as short as one inch (3 centimeters?).  Even slight variations in focus can take the focus off the model’s eye and make it slightly blurry.  In portrait photography, the eyes …

$5 Photography accessory will save your bacon

In Gear by Jim Harmer0 Comments

Get out your wallet.  Trust me on this one… you need this little thing.  Your camera costs hundreds or thousands of dollars and you often go out shooting where you’re away from shelter.  One little rain storm could be the end of your DSLR or lenses.  We all put buying a DSLR rain sleeve off thinking we won’t need it, …

How to stay “plugged-in” to the daily world of photography

In Features by Jim Harmer1 Comment

If you’re a photography nerd like I am, you probably want to stay plugged-in to the world of photography and not miss any of the news or resources that become available.  If it sounds like this is describing you, then you have to check out a website called Alltop.  More specifically, photography.alltop.com.  This is a juried list of RSS feeds …

The Da Vinci Rule of Composition

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer1 Comment

Leonardo Da Vinci wasn’t even alive during the age of photography, but he did have something to say about composition: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” If you feel that you are often unable to shoot an ordinary scene and give the photo a professional look, then the problem is most likely that your compositions are too busy. Note the simplicity …

5 Tips to improve your sports photography

In Sports Photography by Jim Harmer6 Comments

Fine.  It’s a lie.  I got you to read this post by promising general tips on sports photography in general, but these tips are only about team sports.  But give me a break.  Would you really have read this article if I named it “Five tips to improve your photography of team sports”?  Didn’t think so.  Now on to the …

Wildlife Photography at High Noon

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer4 Comments

Perfect shot.  Perfect lens.  Perfect set-up.  Harsh, mid-day lighting.  Ugh!  Such was the situation when I came upon these fawns (for those of you who don’t speak Bambi, that means baby deer).  It was the middle of the day and the lighting was disgusting.  When you look at this photo, you probably can’t tell the lighting was terrible.  Why?  Read …