The Truth About Sharpness

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer

I remember the first time I saw a DVD.  I had heard people talking about how clear the picture looked on a DVD when compared to a VHS tape.  I remember sitting there during the movie thinking to myself that I couldn’t tell a difference in picture quality from a VHS and a DVD.  Years …

5 tips to show off the texture in your HDR photography

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer

More than any other type of photography, HDR loves texture.  The reason is that the HDR process exaggerates fine detail in a scene.  Because texture has so much fine detail, we see it in a way that captivates viewers.  There are a few ways to bring even more texture out of your HDR photos that …

My HDR photos are noisy!

In Post-processing by Jim Harmer

Actually, they probably aren’t noisy but if you clicked on this link, I bet they are suffering from grain.  What’s the difference between noise and grain?  Let’s talk.  This post is an excerpt from my book “Improve Your HDR Photography.”  If you’d like to buy the book, you can buy a digital copy for $5.99 …

Wide-angle portraits

In Portrait by Jim Harmer

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 Harmer

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 Harmer

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 Harmer

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 Harmer

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 Harmer

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 Harmer

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 Harmer

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 Harmer

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 …