Browsing all posts in March, 2012.

Your Weekend Project – Purposeful Focus

Focus is inherently critical in photography. What is OUT of focus is just as important as what is IN focus. Using unexpected focus, or off-center focus, can add interest to your photographs. This weekend practice purposeful focus. Focus and recompose, or practice moving your focus points around through the viewfinder. Break away from auto focus […]

Six Tips For Overcoming Photographer’s Block

By Steve Russell This isn’t going to be one of my usual 1,000+ word articles but for some people it may be more important than an article on the difference between bokeh and depth of field. Over the last two years I’ve seen enough comments here and on our Facebook page to make me believe […]

My Favorite Subject to Shoot

By Steve Russell With today’s equipment and technology, photography has become so simple and ubiquitous that anyone can take photos. Whether you use a $6,000 professional model camera or your cell phone, you can capture photos. However, all the equipment and technology available won’t guarantee that you will take good photos. That has to come […]

Zone Focus Explained

Zone focus is a technique that allows the photographer to essentially “set and forget” the aperture and focus. When used correctly it adds speed and convenience to your shooting experience, especially in situations when fast-moving subjects outpace auto-focus capabilities. Zone focus is also known as “f/8 and be there,” a term that was coined by […]

BMP Greatest Hits: Beating the Intimidation Factor

I had a post all ready to go today, but things didn’t work out according to plan. Hey, it happens sometimes, right? So rather than not post, I thought I would re-run one of Beyond Megapixels Greatest Hits from December of 2010: Beating the Intimidation Factor In my recent article, Six Tips for Finding a […]

Quality Gear That Won’t Break The Bank

I often get requests from folks to recommend photography gear – cameras, lenses, accessories – that won’t “break the bank”. You don’t need the most expensive, latest and greatest wizzy-bang gadget for GREAT photography! You just need great working knowledge of photographic principles, and practice practice practice. There is no such thing as “making due” […]

Light Meter Basics

One of the most essential items of gear that a photographer must have in his or her arsenal is a light meter (even though Steve didn’t mention it in his last article, and yes I jump at the chance to tease him). Some would argue that the light meter is just as important as the […]

Essential Equipment for the Serious Photographer

By Steve Russell For discussion purposes let’s assume that a year or two ago you decided to take the plunge and upgrade from a point & shoot camera to DSLR. The first thing you probably learned was that in the beginning your photos weren’t any better with the DSLR and in some cases not as […]

The Buzz on the new 5D Mark III and 600EX-RT

I hope in the very near future to get my hands on an actual Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which is selling for a whopping $3,500.00 for JUST the body (available for pre-orders, it’s expected to officially release sometime in April 2012) . From what I hear, it’s worth every penny: – 22.3 megapixel full […]

15 Tips for Wild Flower Photography

By Steve Russell When I posted the article last week about personal photography project ideas one of the ideas/suggestions was photographing wildflowers. While wild flowers are generally more numerous and varied in the spring or rainy season, depending in what part of the world you live, they can be found almost year round in most […]