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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, […]

Your Weekend Project – Soft Focus

Hi all! First off, I have a fun announcement. We have launched a brand new Google+ Community for Beyond Megapixels. Everyone is welcome to join, share photos, and talk about all of the things we’re learning about photography. Please head on over and join the conversation! Next week we’re going to talk a bit about […]

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 […]

Trust Your Camera

Sometimes it’s okay to trust your camera. We spend a lot of time talking about using aperture priority, or shutter priority, or full manual mode. We teach you how to “take control” of your camera and dictate the outcome of your photographs for yourself. We show you how to compensate for your camera’s perceived weaknesses […]

CONTEST: Flared Fall Light

It’s autumn here in the United States. I love the long light of fall. It seems to have more depth, making the golden hour more “golden”. There may be a scientific reason for this, or it might just be a product of my own emotions. Regardless, lately I’ve been inspired to include a little bit […]

BMP Greatest Hits – My Lightroom Workflow

I will be traveling this week, heading back to my childhood home because of an illness in the family. In the meantime, I will be posting three of the most-visited articles on our site. Enjoy, and I’ll see you next week! ———- By Tiffany Joyce, originally posted 12/29/2011 A few folks have sent messages, asking […]

BMP Greatest Hits – How to Write a Photography Proposal

I will be traveling this week, heading back to my childhood home because of an illness in the family. In the meantime, I will be posting three of the most-visited articles on our site. Enjoy, and I’ll see you next week! ———- By Tiffany Joyce, originally posted 9/23/2010 Are you interested in going pro with […]

Create A Custom Preset In Lightroom 4

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 comes with a bunch of great presets, and I find myself using a combination of four of them fairly often. I decided to create a custom preset that incorporates all four presets, so I can apply the effects with a single click. For a lot of my landscape photos, I like […]