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 …

What’s the big deal about catch-lights?

In Portrait by Jim Harmer4 Comments

Portrait photographers and wildlife photographers are both crazy about catch-lights, but if the two groups were to fight it out, I have to say that wildlife photographers are even crazier about catch-lights than portrait photographers. Catch-lights are specular highlights in the eyes of an animal or a person.  Look around you for something shiny and …

Off-camera flash… on the cheap!

In Portrait by Jim Harmer255 Comments

Someone once told me that you’re not a serious photographer until you have the gear to do off-camera flash.  While I’m not sure that this is an accurate statement for many reasons, most of us want to have this technique as an option in our tool belts; however, you’ve probably been down to the camera …

More than you wanted to know about noise

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer29 Comments

This is a sample chapter from Jim Harmer’s book Improve Your Night Photography.  Check out the book! The success or failure of your night photography will likely depend on whether or not you have fully mastered your low-light shooting technique. A skilled night  photographer can leave a shoot knowing that all of her images were shot correctly …

Do I need a new tripod?

In Gear by Jim Harmer5 Comments

When I conduct landscape photography workshops, the first thing I notice is the expensive equipment that many of the participants have.  Brand spanking new 5D Mark IIs, 70-200mm lenses, etc.  It amazes me how many photographers buy so much gear before they finally listen to the oft repeated but seldom followed advice to buy a …

The Grand Secret to Photowalk Success

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I bet I tricked you with the title to this post.  You probably thought this was going to be a secret about how to organize a photowalk, but you’d be wrong.  This photowalk tip is about how to get great photos while on photowalks. The tip is simple and it has to do with contrast. …

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

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer33 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 …

Improve Your Night Photography

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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 …

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 …

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 …