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Manual Focus or Autofocus for Landscape Photography?

Landscape photography is often slower paced than other genres, allowing for a more methodical approach to composition and camera settings. That includes focusing; manual focus is more popular for landscapes than most other genres. Indeed, there's a whole market of third-party manual focus lenses geared almost exclusively to landscape photographers....

When to Use a Polarizer for the Best Results

Polarizers are perhaps the single most important filter for digital photographers, but you need to know how to use yours correctly if you want the best results. In this week's video, I'll explain everything you need to know about using polarizers to get the look you desire. (more…)

How I Took This Sand Dunes Photo

In this week’s video, I’m going to show the story behind a photo I took a few days ago in Great Sand Dunes National Park. Because it's our first case study video at Photography Life, I wanted to shoot an image that I already had in mind - hopefully lowering...

The Nikon Z Cameras for Landscape Photography

I’ve now been using the Nikon Z7 for more than six months, and I’ve also tested the very similar Z6 extensively for our review at Photography Life. The takeaway in both cases is that, despite a few flaws, Nikon produced an excellent and surprisingly refined first-generation mirrorless camera. But the...

Our Macro Photography Video on YouTube

Today, I’m excited to publish the first in a series of weekly YouTube videos from Photography Life! This is something Nasim and I have planned for a while, and circumstances finally conspired to make it a reality. We’ll film everything in 4K: tutorials and case studies, with the same high...

9 Macro Photography Tips for Beginners

With spring arriving in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time again for many of us to go outside in humid, buggy areas in search of creepy-crawlies. Macro photography is... peculiar, I admit that. But anyone who’s tried this genre also knows its allure. Navigate some technical hurdles and heed the mosquitos,...

Don’t Confuse Effort with Results

It’s one of the most familiar stories that I hear: “You wouldn’t believe how difficult it was to take this photo. I captured it on the hardest hike of my life, but it was absolutely worth the effort.” And then the photo - though rarely a complete failure - just...

Sony RX0 II Announcement

Late last night, Sony announced the RX0 II, a new 15.3-megapixel action camera that looks very promising even for advanced photographers. With a 1-inch sensor and a fixed, rectilinear 8mm f/4 lens (24mm field of view equivalent) - and among the lightest ever weights for a camera of this sensor...

When to Use Bracketing for the Best Results

One of the most useful techniques in photography is called bracketing - in other words, taking multiple photos of the same subject with different camera settings. Commonly, bracketing is about changing your exposure: one photo at the meter’s recommendation, plus one under and one over. But exposure isn’t the only...

Equivalence Also Includes Aperture and ISO

I know, I know. After the 2012-2017 Great Equivalence War, photographers everywhere agreed never to utter that word again. Nasim’s famous quote, “Everyone is right, everyone is wrong,” has been etched both into the peace treaty and into the hearts of millions. However, as we near the two-year anniversary of...