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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 […]

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 […]

Ten Attributes of a Good Photograph

By Steve Russell All of the attributes I’m going to discuss in this article have been discussed at one time or another in an article, or in multiple articles, on Beyond Megapixels. Aside from reminders being a good thing, we thought it would be helpful to have all of the attributes in one article in […]

Camera Etiquette in a Crowd

We’ve all been there. We’re at an event or a popular landmark, trying to photograph a memory, and we get bumped with a camera bag. Or, we inadvertently bump someone else as we’re positioning ourselves for a shot. Or you miss the PERFECT shot because someone wouldn’t be courteous enough to move. We need to […]

10 Tips for a Great Photo Walk

As many of you are probably already aware, Scott Kelby’s (free!) Fourth Annual World Wide Photo Walk is taking place on October 1st and 2nd 2011 (the first year that the event is being held on two days). The purpose of the Photo Walk is to bring together photographers of all skill levels, in locations […]

Review – Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It

A couple of weeks ago I attended a Scott Kelby Training seminar called Light It Shoot It Retouch It Live. It was almost eight hours of very interesting, well presented information and demonstration about studio photography. Whether or not you’re interested in studio photography I highly recommend you attend this seminar if you possibly can. […]

5 Tips to Magnetic Engagement Sessions

Today we are fortunate to feature a guest post from an excellent and very well known portrait and wedding photographer located in San Francisco, California and New York City – Catherine Hall. Her skills, passion and experiences with photography are what many of us aspire to. Catherine is there. If you want to learn more […]

Tips for Action Photography

By Steve Russell Before I get into the actual subject matter for this post there are a couple of things I want to mention. First, I’ve just returned from a two week vacation and I want to publicly thank Tiffany Joyce for holding down the fort while I was away. I’m sure it’s going to […]

Preparation Is One Of The Keys To A Successful Photo Shoot

By Steve Russell Two weeks ago I posted an article entitled “The 5 Ps of Photography.” This week I’m focusing on one of the Ps – Preparation. If you have a photo shoot coming up, unless it’s in your home, or studio if you have one, one of the keys to a successful photo shoot […]

Photography 101: Fixed Aperture Explained

A reader recently sent me an e-mail, asking me to explain how fixed aperture lenses work. She was suffering under the misconception that a fixed aperture on a lens means that’s the only aperture that lens is capable of shooting. Apertures tend to be a subject that can be confusing to a beginning photographer. Primarily, […]