High Dynamic Range Photography Advanced Tutorial

There’s a revolution underway allowing cameras to record the world as we see it with expanded dynamic range. So what is dynamic range (DR) anyway?  DR refers to the variation of light and dark values in a photograph.  The wider the range, the bigger the...

Becoming a “Water Ninja”…how to shoot the wet stuff!

Typical Beach Shot Ex.: Nice to look at, but the water isn’t “adding” anything to the shot. Let’s explore some tools to make water “work” for you! Blurring water the “Old School Way”.  Many different types of water features can be presented better...

In-camera Multiple Exposure (to blur water)

Most new SLRs have the ability to create “in camera” multiple exposures.  Ergo, that taking multiple shots and stacking one atop of the other in one image file.  The image below is an example.  Previously the only way to create this effective digitally was...

Digital Focus Stacking (Getting Macro pics tack sharp)

Digital Focus Stacking is a technique that allows you to get tack sharp images of close up (ergo Macro Photography) objects.  The image below illustrates the problem most shooters encounter while trying to capture “close in” objects. I’ve taken great...

Celestial Photography Advanced Tutorial

Photos, like the one shown above, combine two disciplines executed during a single exposure: Photographing stars as fixed objects Lighting an interesting foreground element using the moon or light painting techniques. Step #1: Where/When to go Stars are obscured by...

Prime vs. Zoom Lenses (little known advantage?)

There are pros & cons to choosing prime over zoom lens. Generally primes can be sharper edge to edge, faster and provide better resolution.  These differences have narrowed over the years.  Current zoom lenses are pretty close in image quality (remember it...

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