Browsing all posts in February, 2012.

10 Personal Photography Project Ideas

By Steve Russell If you take photography classes or attend photography school like the New York Institute of Photography or the New York Film Academy, you will be assigned photography projects. An example of one from the syllabus of the New York Film Academy is: Conceptualize, shoot, edit, and print a cohesive, conceptually unified fine […]

Review: 500px

Hello friends! Several readers have asked recently what site I would recommend for hosting photography portfolios. This is geared specifically for the folks that don’t have the knowledge to create their own website, or the money to hire a website designer. I find 500px to be an excellent resource for posting and sharing photographs, as […]

Bit Depth vs. Dynamic Range in Layman’s Terms

Hi friends! A reader recently sent me an e-mail asking me to explain the difference between bit depth and dynamic range, so I thought I would post the explanation here for everyone’s benefit. Bit Depth A bit is defined as the smallest unit of data. It’s binary – it can be either 1 or 0, […]

What is the Best Lens for Portrait Photography?

By Steve Russell Sometimes it’s fun to write articles about a subject that doesn’t have a “one right answer.” Not only does it make me really think about the subject before I start writing but it’s also usually somewhat controversial and garners a lot of comments. So for this subject please put in your “two […]

Building a Photography Studio

By Steve Russell You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been and why I haven’t been writing. Well, maybe not, but I haven’t had an article here for the last three weeks or so. And the reason is that we’ve been in the process of moving from Florida back to Texas. Still not settled in and […]

Curves Explained

In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, you can use the Tone Curve panel to adjust the tone and contrast of your photographs. In the Develop module, scroll down to the Tone Curve panel: When you shoot in RAW and import to Lightroom, Lightroom automatically applies a “medium” amount of contrast to your photo. To quickly adjust […]

Friday Deals!

We at Beyond Megapixels want to serve our readers in a number of ways. We want to offer insight and tutorials about photography techniques, provide inspiration and food for thought, and give you a great place to go for all of your photography questions. We now have an affiliation with the good folks of Adorama, […]

Pet Photography 101

Fans of our Facebook Page heard the news that there would be no Beyond Megapixels article last Friday because my husband and I were in the process of rescuing a dog from our County animal shelter. While I don’t intend to turn this site into a forum for Public Service Announcements, I would encourage everyone […]

Prioritize Photography

I work about sixty hours a week (between my “day” job and my freelance work). My schoolwork (yes, back to school I go!) occupies about 10 hours a week. I absolutely INSIST on at least 8 hours of sleep every night, so that’s 56 hours. Throw in another three hours a day for things like, […]