Self-control with depth-of-field

In Portrait by Jim Harmer8 Comments

I get it.  Depth of field is fun to play with and makes our pictures look amazing, but I’m here to say that more of a good thing is not always better. Look at the image featured on this page of my beautiful wife, Emily.  The depth-of-field adds to this image to make her stand off the page; however, this …

30 Tips for stunning sunset photography

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer117 Comments

Sunset Photography Tip #1. Underexpose.  This is the most important tip for taking pictures of sunsets.  Slightly underexposing the sunset will make the colors look more rich and defined.  The entire scene will become more dramatic.  You can underexpose by using manual mode and selecting a fast shutter speed, or you can shoot in aperture priority and use exposure compensation. …

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How to shoot light trails at night

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer6 Comments

  Have you seen a night photo of light trails and asked yourself, “How was that done?” Perhaps you tried a few things only to get a dark, shaky or blurry shot? It is not as difficult as it may appear! One of the most common subjects and easiest to find are cars approaching and receding in traffic.  Light trails are generated …

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How the Most Popular Photo on Flickr was taken: An Interview

In Portrait by Jim Harmer10 Comments

1,895 faves, 83,303 views, 574 comments.  Tens of thousands of photographers can’t be wrong in holding the picture featured on this page as one of the best photos ever placed on the popular photo sharing website Flickr.  With the endorsement of so many thousands of photographers, we must have something to learn from Alex Bell, the photographer who took the …

My Top 10 DSLR Whine List

In Gear by Jim Harmer6 Comments

DSLR cameras are remarkable tools and have improved at an astounding rate in the last few years.  Still, there are a few easy-to-implement features that I have never seen a DSLR include and it drives me nuts!  Read through my whine list and then include your own whines below.  Maybe, if we whine loud enough, we could bend the ear …

The difference between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements: A photographer’s view

In Gear by Jim Harmer13 Comments

Beginning photographers often ask what the difference is between Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop Elements.  I have never taught a beginner photography class without “the Photoshop question” popping up at least once.  So here is my (not so quick) answer to the oft-answered question: What is the difference between Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop Elements 9? Before we begin, I know some …