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Depth of Field Differences Between Lenses

By Steve Russell Before getting into the specific subject I wanted to discuss depth of field (DOF) and why really knowing, understanding and being able to manipulate DOF can help you become a better photographer. When we start out as photographers, especially when we get our first DSLR, about the only thing we know, and […]

Hot Weather Photography

By Steve Russell Is it hot outside? If you believe everything you hear on TV and read online or in the newspapers it’s hotter than ever. Well, it’s summer and it’s supposed to be hot and when it’s hot you want to stay indoors near the air conditioner and not go outside until September or […]

Why HDR?

By Steve Russell Of course, HDR has been around for a number of years. In fact, the concept, although not in its present form, has been around since the middle of the 19th century. Until the digital photography age began in earnest in the 1990′s the only methods available to achieve an expanded dynamic range […]

How to Shoot Black & White with Digital Cameras, Part 2

By Steve Russell In my previous article about shooting in black & white I talked mainly about shooting (saving images) in Camera RAW and then converting them to B&W. As a follow-up to that article, today I’m also going to include an image that was shot or saved in JPEG and compare it to a […]

How to Shoot Black & White with Digital Cameras

By Steve Russell Most of the time, I much prefer color images over Black & White images. After all, I see in color and the world around me is in color, not B&W. There are times, however, when an image is impactful because it’s in B&W and not color. For example this image captured by […]

Photography News and Links

By Steve Russell Through BeyondMegapixels, Tiffany and I receive a lot of information about the photography industry in general and a variety of new products. Today, I thought I would share some of that information with our readers so you can learn about some of the new products available on the market. New Product from […]

When AWB Doesn’t Work

By Steve Russell For anyone who’s unfamiliar with white balance (WB), it’s the process of removing unrealistic color casts so that objects which appear white in person are rendered white in your photo and the colors are as accurate as possible. Most cameras today have various built-in WB settings including AWB or automatic white balance. […]

Tips for Photographing Funerals

By Steve Russell For birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, holidays and other special occasions, cameras and photographs are an integral part of the festivities but what about funerals? Funerals are solemn, sad occasions and cameras seem to be intrusive; an invasion of privacy. Still most people who have lost a close family member or loved one would […]

Composition – Background

By Steve Russell. Because of one of my personal rules this article won’t have many photos for illustrations. I can find plenty to illustrate various points, but in using them I run the risk of criticizing someone else’s photos without their permission. While I have one I’m going to use, you’ll have to use your […]

Composition – Simplicity

By Steve Russell. Although simplicity in photographic composition tends to be discussed as a broad category that includes the complete image, I’m going to divide the subject into two categories – simplicity in subject and simplicity in background. Today I’m going to focus on simplicity in subject. When someone looks at one of your photographs […]