A Review of the Tripod Brands: Some lesser-known facts

In Gear by Jim Harmer45 Comments

Buying a tripod is an absolutely agonizing process.  I was reminded of my past experiences in buying a tripod when I listened to a podcast from Marko Kulik this week.  Unless you’re an absolute beginner in photography, you already know how important a rock solid tripod and ballhead can be.  If you buy a high-quality tripod, you will likely own …

10 Tips for Better Animal Photography at the Zoo

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer4 Comments

Many wildlife photographers turn up their noses to photographers who shoot at zoos, but most of us think it’s fun.  The following tips will help you to capture better photos when you go to the zoo or a wildlife refuge. Zoo Photography Tip #1: Use a large aperture to shoot through fences.  These first 4 tips are all ways to …

What’s the difference between an umbrella, a softbox, and a beauty dish?

In Portrait by Jim Harmer12 Comments

UPDATE! This post is quite old.  For an updated version of this post with example pictures click here.   Umbrella Umbrellas throw light EVERYWHERE!  Because they are large light sources, they produce very soft light.  The biggest draw to umbrellas is frankly the cost, portability, and simplicity.  A 43″ umbrella can be purchased for around $17. While umbrellas are easy …

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 Harmer7 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 …