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Monday, November 18, 2019

Photography is both an art form and a skill. It’s an art form in that it’s a medium for self-expression and photographers can be as creative with their exposures as they need to, to get the images they want. Yet, it’s also a skill with rules and techniques that need to be honed and mastered to yield what are technically great images. 

The foolproof way to stunning photos is by combining the two and finding that sweet spot between creativity and technique. Below, we’ve compiled the best photography tricks, tips, and techniques to nudge you in the right direction, whether you want to perfect your landscape photos, take better sunset images, or try your hand at steel wool photography.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Capturing stunning images in the pitch black isn’t as easy as one might think. Even if you’ve learned to master the basics of night photography, there are several factors involved that we aren’t exposed to in standard daytime photography.
However, you don’t need to make big adjustments in your workflow to start capturing beautiful images during the night as well. The process of photography is still the same.

As a landscape photographer who’s used to using the lowest ISO possible, it’s quite challenging and almost painful to increase the ISO to 3200, 6400 or more. However, that’s something you’ll need to get used to when photographing at night. A higher ISO brings out more details and allows a shorter shutter speed but it also has a massive effect on the image quality.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Becoming a successful photographer is easier said than done. While there is always a select few who seem to effortlessly master the medium, for most of us it requires dedication, work and education. But with a variety of photography programs across the U.S., choosing the one that’s right for you can be tedious. And with such high tuition costs—not to mention rising student loan rates—it’s probably best to get it right the first time. So, we’ve narrowed it down to t15 college and university photography programs in the U.S that we felt stood out to help you better make your choice.

15. Virginia Commonwealth University 

Students in this program are taught technical and artistic skills to begin their careers as professional artists, multimedia specialists and editorial or commercial photographers. With a fairly wide range of concentration areas, this program places a great deal of emphasis on individual artistic expression. The university offers BFA and MFA degrees, while the graduate program was ranked 4th among public programs for photography.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Digital has almost completely taken over the photography world. There are some diehards who still love the look of film (even though you can get it with Photoshop), but if you buy a camera today, there’s a good chance it’s going to be digital.

Despite the simplicity of the digital photography process (point, shoot, repeat), some beginners might find the world of digital photography to be intimidating. Should you buy a DSLR or mirrorless camera? What do the different settings do? What accessories do you need? How can you improve your skills?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Whenever I teach, I get a lot of requests to review images. Over time, I’ve started to notice that a majority of the mistakes I see come from the same small group of errors that are repeated constantly, particularly by less experienced photographers.

1. Colors are too strong or unrealistic

Unrealistic and strong colors are often a fantastic creative choice. However there is a noticeable difference between when it is done purposely due to experience, and when it is done through lack of knowing any better or poor color management.
The first thing you need is a good monitor that is color calibrated. Without this, you are working on your images blind. I see photographers share images that look good to them on their screen, but they look off to everyone else. This is because their screen is the problem. How can you retouch an image if you can’t see the true colors or tones?