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Take Better Photos: 7 Reasons to shoot Film

In Photo Basics by Michael Allen13 Comments

One of the most sought after results of time spent photographing is becoming a “better” photographer. What does that mean, though? How does one know if they are a better photographer than when they set out that afternoon? This article doesn’t cover those identifying markers, but rather examples of how image quality is dramatically improved …

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How to find focus at night: A simple step-by-step guide

In Features by Rusty Parkhurst21 Comments

One of the biggest challenges when photographing at night is capturing images that are in sharp focus.  The reason is really pretty simple and should come as no surprise.  Our cameras have a much more difficult time ‘seeing’ when it is dark, just like we do.  Depending on how dark it actually is, and the …

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Get Focused! Image Stacking for Maximum Depth of Field

In Features by Rusty Parkhurst5 Comments

One of the primary objectives when making an image is to achieve proper focus to draw attention to a subject or areas of interest.  For some photographs, such as portraits, only the person or people in the image may be in focus.  In other situations, however, it may be preferable that everything in the image …

Where to Focus for Landscape Photography

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer38 Comments

Today’s topic comes from Jennifer Brinkman, who submitted a question on our Facebook Fan Page.  Here’s her question: “I’ve been following your blogs and really appreciate all the great information they contain.  I just bought a Tokina 11-16mm lens.  This is my first truly wide-angle lens.  I’m wondering if there is any trick to getting …

Pre-focus the moment

In Sports Photography by Jim Harmer6 Comments

Please comment below on how I could have improved the title of this post.  It’s an article about pre-focusing your DSLR to capture moments that otherwise couldn’t be captured, but I can’t think of a clever title.  I guess I should just write the article already… There have been several situations where I walked away …

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. …