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Understanding Light in Photography – Beginner Level

The word “photography” comes from the Greek, photos – light – and graphos – writing, delineation, or painting. In other words, photography is light painting. As humans, we don’t see color, we see light. The retina of our eyes contains two types of photoreceptors (light receptors) called rods and cones. The rods are more sensitive […]

Color Management – Printer Calibration

Yesterday I wrote about calibrating your monitor. It turned out to be somewhat long and I still could’ve written much more. Hopefully, today’s article on printer calibration will not be as long. If your monitor isn’t calibrated when you’re working on an image and you think that image is too red, then you may increase […]

Color Management – Monitor Calibration

Recently, Seepea, a reader of Beyond Megapixels posted the following comment at the end of one of my articles: “I have been serious about photography for about a year now and am still completely baffled by the area of color management. I love my pictures on the computer, but printed, not so much. Getting my […]

How To Get Studio Experience

Many camera owners consider studio photography as the apex of photography, the sign that you’ve arrived as a photographer, so to speak. I don’t particularly agree with that but I do know that there’s a lot more to it than pointing a camera at a subject and pressing the shutter release. In studio photography the […]

Two Things Some Photographers Do That Make Me Shake My Head

By Steve Russell While we strive to write informative and helpful articles designed to teach or make you think, from time to time we, like most other people, want to rant a little so today it’s my turn to rant. These are things that I’ve either observed, read or heard. Most of the times I […]

What Photoshop Product Should I Buy First?

By Steve Russell Recently, a Beyond Megapixels reader emailed us the question, “I’m new to photography and was wondering what Photoshop I should buy first?” I responded to the email and got to thinking that this would make a good article. Comparing image processing software is a lot like comparing other things that are mostly […]

A New Spin on the Obligatory Fall Foliage Article

By Steve Russell The internet seems to become crowded with articles on how to photograph fall foliage at this time of year. We’ve done articles on the subject ourselves, such as Four Tips for Photographing Fall Foliage. The topic is so overdone that Steve decided to go with fall still life photos for his October […]

EXIF Data – The Other Perspective

By Steve Russell Last Thursday my friend and business partner, Tiffany, posted the article My Take on Sharing EXIF data. If you haven’t read her article, I suggest that you read hers first so that you get the complete perspective. Frankly, I thought it was a great idea for an article but she included the […]

Depth-of-Field In Depth

By Steve Russell For the beginning photographer, especially when using a DSLR, depth-of-field can make absolutely no sense. For the accomplished photographer it’s an invaluable tool for creating the desired result when photographing landscapes, portraits, wildlife, etc. In its simplest form, depth-of-field is the area, or depth of area, in front of the lens that […]

9 Tips for Photographing Sunrises and Sunsets

By Steve Russell There are hundreds of articles available on this subject but hopefully I’ll be able to provide a little different perspective on the subject. Also, there are millions of sunrise and sunset photos. Yet, people continue to photograph them so why is that? My belief is just like no two snowflakes are alike, […]