Tips & Tricks

This panorama was produced from 3 pictures taken in Kenya, Africa. The short tutorial that follows explains how the image was put together. Three images were shot individually, not as overlapped images to be stitched together, then were put together in Photoshop. The images were matched with image adjust> match color and then placed on a new file in Photoshop, larger than the combined images...
They're still the best choice for creative photography in the digital age. Here are the ones you need most. The great shift from film to digital capture over the last five years has transformed the entire picture-taking process in incredible ways. Images are now stored on hard drives, flash memory cards, and discs as electronic files that can be retouched or altered in Photoshop or with...
Photographing exotic wildlife is exciting and intriguing, but we don't always have the time or resources to jet-set to an African safari. So, where's the next best place to capture images for your own photographic menagerie? Take a trip to your local zoo! From butterflies to buffalo, the zoo is a great place to get stunning images of the daily lives of almost any species. In order to take...
Since kids grow up so fast, now is the time to pick up your camera and capture all the special moments — both big and small — of their childhood. By following some of these tips and tricks, you can enhance your photographs and turn precious memories into lifelong keepsakes. 1. Get low You are much taller than your child and tend to shoot from a bird's-eye view. However, the best...
Many times we wish to highlight a subject by allowing the background to fall out of focus, setting the subject apart from a busy background. The background can be recognizable as to general location, etc. but be soft enough to add depth. Ideally it is best to accomplish this with the camera. Shoot the subject with a wide aperture to minimize depth of field. Even better, use a longer lens. Use a...
Every 4th of July, family and friends gather to watch the local fireworks shows across America. We are attracted to the spectacular display-with its vivid colors, various patterns, and loud explosions. This year, make it a point to bring your digital point-and-shoot or SLR camera along. With the following tips, you're sure to capture some impressive images of the show: 1) First of all, make...
Photographing sports, whether it is a professional team or your child's local team, can be a lot of fun and yield some great results. But, it helps to know some tips in order to get the best pictures. Different types of sports require different camera settings and shooting techniques. The first thing that you want to determine is whether you want to freeze the action or whether you want to...
One of the great challenges in photography is capturing something different from what everybody else is shooting. It is for this very reason that I look for new and innovative ways to capture a scene at night or with a different perspective. In past articles I have highlighted night photography because fewer people know how to shoot in this light and because fewer people have the proper equipment...
I just returned from a nice relaxing trip to Hawaii and, as always, I returned with a whole lot of digital pictures. But, this time I came home with a different view of Maui, pictures from below the surface of the water. In past trips with my family I have tried using a disposable film camera and have always been disappointed with the pictures once they were developed. When snorkeling, I would...
It seems like we are surrounded by the allure of speed. Our cameras can shoot faster, auto focus can lock in faster, memory cards are up to 600x and card readers can download at amazing speeds. As we look at the world around us, we see people moving at a frantic pace. With smart phones and email everywhere, it seems as if all of us are addicted to "instant gratification" and find it...