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One Day With A Macro Lens

I spent a full day this past weekend carrying around my Canon EOS 7D with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens attached. I simply love everything about this lens, and I wanted to demonstrate that it has uses far beyond flowers, insects, and light boxes. It also works great for portrait or […]

Create an Ethereal Landscape

Creating a “soft glamour glow” is a popular Photoshop technique for portraiture. When applied to a landscape photograph, the same technique adds a sense of the ethereal and the fanciful. For this tutorial I will be using Adobe Photoshop CS6. Here is the original photograph, taken in the red mountains of Sedona, Arizona. (Click any […]

Be Flexible

Before we get to the article, I wanted to remind you all that today is the last day to enter our photo contest! Please submit a single photograph that best depicts the drama that can be achieved with a single flash. Post your photo on our Facebook Page, Google+ Community, or Flickr Group Discussion (please […]

Contest: Single Flash Drama

Hello all! I’ve got another contest to announce! Once we have mastered the basics of photography – the in’s and out’s of the camera, the exposure triangle, depth of field, and the like – our thoughts start turning toward the manipulation of light. Before we acquire the skills necessary to manage a whole studio full […]

Sharp vs. Focused, and Depth of Field

A photo has to be in focus in order to be sharp, but a photo does not have to be sharp in order to be in focus. This photo is sharp (click to see original size): Zoomed in to original size, you can see that every detail of the motorcycle and motorcyclist are very clear, […]

Focus Stacking in Landscape Photography

The creative use of depth of field is one of the first things we learn as photographers. To some it was an epiphany to learn that we can choose which aspects of our image are in focus – from the smallest portion to the largest landscape. We know that if we choose a small aperture, […]

A Study in Leading Lines

The purposeful use of leading lines encourages the viewer’s eyes to travel along a specific path. Test it upon yourself… look at this photo of flowers: The image is pretty and colorful, but does not compel your eyes to fall on any one place or follow any particular aspect. Now look at this photo: The […]

Thirteen Goals for 2013

As I look back upon last year’s goals, I am reasonably satisfied with my success. I turned my spare room into a photo studio. I improved my portfolio. I got a macro lens. I entered (and won!) a photo contest. I took monthly (sometimes more often) photo excursions. And my husband got me this nifty […]

Happy Holidays from Beyond Megapixels!

Happy holidays from all (two) of us at Beyond Megapixels! I hope everyone has a safe, fun, stress-free Christmas and New Year’s. Here’s what’s coming up on Beyond Megapixels for 2013: – Setting and achieving your photographic goals for 2013 – Sequence photography – Vertical panoramas – Focus stacking – One day spent with a […]

Christmas Wish List 2012

Hello friends! I can’t believe another Christmas season is upon us. I hope everyone all of our U.S. readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are now rolling up their sleeves for the shopping season! With the invention of the Internet, I haven’t had to set foot in a mall during the Christmas season in a […]