Photography Techniques Category Archive

Wide Angle Wildlife Photography

When you say "wildlife photographer," most people probably picture someone in camouflage clothing standing in the distance with a heavy telephoto lens on a tripod. There's some truth to that stereotype, but it's not the only type of wildlife photography. For years, I've enjoyed the wide-angle and even ultra-wide perspectives...

Outdoor Portrait Photography Tips For Beginners

Even if portrait photography is traditionally done in a studio indoors, outdoor portrait photography can be even more rewarding - both for the photographer and for their subject. The scenery around your subject can be visually impactful and compelling in a photo. It can also mean something to your subject,...

My Favorite Tips for Photographing Waterfalls

It is hard to find a landscape portfolio without a waterfall photograph. Even though some waterfalls might not appear great in person, they often make great photographs, especially when shot with a long exposure or slow shutter speed. In this article, I will share some of the tips and tricks...

How to Photograph Wildlife Silhouettes

Whenever I set out to photograph wildlife, and especially birds, I make sure to arrive before sunrise - or choose to stay until after sunset. There are two reasons why I do so. First, being early to start and late to leave gives me access to the flattering light of...

Blurry Corners in a Photo? Don’t Blame Your Lens

One of the most common image quality challenges in photography is to get sharp corners. Landscape photographers (among others) often pay big bucks for lenses with high resolving power at the edges of the frame. But a new lens may not solve your problem – because blurry corners usually aren’t due to the lens.

11 Wildlife Photography Tips for Beginners

One of the great challenges of wildlife photography is that there are so many things to consider in such a short amount of time. Even if you do everything right, the uncontrollable stuff can still stop you from getting "the shot." However, there are some basic tips that are easy...

What Is Dynamic Range in Photography?

Dynamic range is the ratio between the strongest and weakest signal measured in a given context. For example, the dynamic range of a camera sensor is the ratio between the brightest and darkest signal that can be captured in a single image. Like most other things in photography, dynamic range...

Introduction to Manual Focus on a Camera Lens

Manually focusing your camera lens can seem tricky. Compared to the ease of autofocus, you may wonder why you even still have manual focus as an option. It still has a number of important uses, however, and it’s a great skill to learn. In this introduction to manual focusing a...

10 Tips for Better Bokeh in Photography

“Bokeh” is a term to describe the quality of out-of-focus areas in a photograph, both in the foreground and background. Although some aspects of bokeh are subjective, everyone seems to like creamy, smooth bokeh, whereas the infamous “onion rings” are unwanted in photos and probably better left as a food.

10 Tips for Taking Beautiful Photos in the Rain

“Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.” This line from an old nursery rhyme has popped into my head many times over the years growing up in the soggy Pacific Northwest. It came to mind again when I arrived at North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway to photograph autumn and...