What you probably don’t know about wide-angle lenses

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer31 Comments

I have had the conversation dozens of time.  I’m teaching a workshop when I recommend that one of the students buy a wide-angle lens for landscape photography.  The response is classic: “Why do I need a wide angle lens when my kit lens is already an 18mm?  Isn’t that wide-angle?”  The answer isn’t just image quality, there’s a lot more… …

Improve Your Night Photography

In Uncategorized by Jim Harmer11 Comments

Skilled night photographers can leave any shoot knowing they captured the scene in perfect focus and low noise, but beginning photographers often leave night shoots frustrated. After teaching dozens of photographers how to shoot at night, the author compiled this book to explain the most important tips for night photographers. This book is targeted to intermediate and advanced amateur photographers …

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Landscape Photography Tips Video: Creative Composition

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer16 Comments

In this short 5-minute video, Jim Harmer walks through the steps to create a stunning landscape photo.  Follow Jim as he takes a landscape picture on the beach in Naples, Florida and then takes the photo home to post-process the image using Lightroom 3 and Photoshop’s Adobe Camera Raw. Side note: would you like to learn more about how you can …

Advanced HDR Post-Processing Tips Video

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer4 Comments

In this video tutorial, Jim Harmer explains some advanced tips for post-processing HDR photos. Tips from this video: HDR tip #1: Don’t finish your image in Photomatix.  Every single HDR needs some work in Photoshop to mask in multiple HDRs as well as blending in the original image by using the opacity slider.  This makes HDRs look much more realistic. …

Do Clear UV Filters Hurt Image Quality of Photos?

In Gear by Jim Harmer24 Comments

This article is a separate explanation for my testing of how UV filters negatively impact image quality, and is referenced in my article “13 Photography Myths Every Photographer Should Know.” The Background on UV Filters The UV filter is simply a clear filter placed on the front of a lens that is used to protect the lens from being damaged. …