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Back to Basics: ISO Explained

The term “ISO”, when used in photography, refers to the speed rating of film. “ISO” stands for “International Organization for Standardization”, and this organization is responsible for defining standards for many, many industries and disciplines. With respect to photography, the film speed ISO rating system was created to standardize the quality of film throughout the […]

Around the Internet

I’ve amassed quiet a list of finds from around the internet that I’ve been meaning to share with you all. There’s no time like the present! First is the incredible shot of the Popocatepetl volcano in San Andrés Cholula, Mexico, that you see above. I came across it on Flickr not too long ago, and […]

Key Learnings from a Client Shoot

A couple of weeks ago I was hired to visit the home of a client and take photos of her teenage daughter and her daughter’s friends. Doing a photo shoot at a private home is significantly different than a shoot in a studio, so I thought I would share a few key learnings from my […]

The Rules of Photography – Follow Them or Break Them

By Steve Russell Wait! Before you hit the back button, I’m not going to list all of the rules of photography – just a few of them. Many of the rules, especially those regarding composition have been around longer than photography. For example, the rule of thirds appears as early as 1797 as a rule […]

Four Tips for Photographing Fall Foliage

In keeping with this month’s Photo Challenge, here are four tips for photographing fall foliage. One – The best time of day to photograph autumn leaves is early morning. The quality of morning sunlight works to bring out the rich and intense colors of the foliage. You can also take advantage of any overnight or […]

Five Tips for a Better Portfolio

Looking to improve your photography portfolio? Take advantage of these tips: One – If you’re directing folks to an on-line portfolio, try to provide a unique, personal site instead of a photo repository site like Flickr or Shutterfly. In that way you can really showcase your work, without all of the background distractions. It is […]

Finding Good Photographic Subjects in Your Own “Backyard”

How many of us have difficulty finding a subject to photograph?  How many of us leave our cameras and lenses in their case on a shelf until we’re ready to take a trip or are attending a special function?  It’s easy to find subjects to photograph if you live in Kansas and you’re visiting the […]

Fix My Pic #1

Hello, all. Back in August I asked for volunteers for Fix My Pic, in which readers submit their own photographs for analysis and advice. This photo was submitted by Amit Khanna for our consideration. As seen here, the surfer is right in the center of the photograph. The photo might benefit by applying the Rule […]

Rainy Day Photography

Don’t let inclement weather deter you from breaking out your camera! Here are five tips for taking pictures in the rain. One – Protect your equipment. If you’re taking your camera out in the rain, do your best to protect it from water damage. Waterproof cases are available for many makes and models of cameras. […]

Dioptric Adjustment

If you’re having focus issues that you can’t quite explain or pinpoint the cause, you might need to adjust your camera’s diopter. Everyone’s vision is different, so your camera provides the ability to adjust the focus of the viewfinder to your individual needs. Your SLR camera has a small dial, typically near the eyecup, that […]