Wide-angle portraits

In Portrait by Jim Harmer6 Comments

Most people think of standard or telephoto lenses as being best suited for portrait photography, but never dare experiment with wide-angle lenses.  If your portrait photography is beginning to feel a bit stale, then try this new technique. Wide-angle lenses distort distances.  What is close to the lens seems unusually large, and what is far …

Bite-sized composition in photography

In Portrait by Jim Harmer1 Comment

We’ve all heard the old maxim “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.”  It is solid sage wisdom and deserves every photographer’s attention.  When photographers discuss composition and framing, we usually think of the rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, and the golden mean; however, it can be helpful to apply the age-old wisdom …

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. …

$5 Photography accessory will save your bacon

In Gear by Jim HarmerLeave a Comment

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 …

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

In Features by Jim Harmer2 Comments

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 …

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 …

5 Tips to improve your sports photography

In Sports Photography by Jim Harmer8 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 …

Wildlife Photography at High Noon

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer5 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 …

The #1 Night Photography Mistake

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer9 Comments

I’m a night photography fanatic.  Night photography is beautiful and contains a certain mood that other types of photography simply don’t contain.  Because I love night photography, I spend a lot of time looking on Flickr for night photos.  Between viewing night photos online and teaching photographers in my in-person workshops, I see a lot …

That’s PHOTOSHOPPED!

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer65 Comments

Snore!  I’ve heard it before… people turn up their noses at my photography because I Photoshop my images.  The ignorant remarks lack an understanding that there are extremely few professional photographers who don’t use digital image editing techniques.  If you’re ever faced with these whiners, consider arming yourself with the following arguments. First, no photograph …

The worst place to shoot wildlife photography

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer3 Comments

What is it?  What’s the worst place to shoot wildlife photography?  If you’re thinking the zoo, then you’d be dead wrong.  The truth is that the worst place to shoot wildlife photography is where most people would think is the best place to shoot wildlife photos. Confused?  Allow me to explain.  Whenever I teach wildlife photography …

HDR Photography Tips [Video]

In Landscape/Nature, Post-processing by Jim Harmer4 Comments

Join me, Jim Harmer, on an HDR landscape photography shoot at the beach in Florida.  Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the audio from my microphone, so I had to use the windy audio from the camera’s on-board mic.  Woops! In this video, I teach some compositional tricks for landscape photographers and go through an in-depth tutorial …