Photography Tutorials Category Archive

How to Photograph Birds in Flight with Sharp Results

Recently, you learned on Photography Life what the best camera settings are when photographing birds. Today’s article takes a more detailed look at bird behavior, biology, and environment. The goal is to teach you how anticipate what birds will do, and ultimately reach the holy grail: to take very sharp, high-quality photos of birds in flight.

New Video: Best Settings for Landscape Photography

I just published a new video on our YouTube channel! And wow, I’ve wanted to say that for a while. Last year, I took a break from making videos to help run Photography Life, and now I finally had time again. Today’s video covers the best camera settings for landscape photography.

How to Get a Blurred Background in Your Photos

Blurring the background is one of the many ways to isolate or emphasize your subject. Do you need a special lens to do so? Absolutely not! In this article, we look at some of the ways you can get those creamy, beautiful backgrounds using almost any camera and lens.

Real Estate Photography Tips for Beginners

Real estate photography can be much more than just snapping some photos of interiors. Successfully capturing a property’s unique elements can challenge your skills as a photographer and as an editor. It’s this aspect of real estate photography that has made it my favorite subject as a professional photographer.

Night Photography Tutorial: A Beginner’s Guide

Night photography, particularly as a beginner, can present both the opportunity to create compelling images, as well as some of the most difficult technical challenges you might face. Fortunately, these challenges are all learning opportunities to better your skills behind the camera. In this night photography tutorial, we'll look at...

Best Camera Settings for Bird Photography

Imagine that you're on a beautiful beach and you see an unusual bird fly towards you. The sun is low in the sky and golden light washes over delicately patterned wings. You raise your camera, unsure of what settings to use. When you get back home, you realize the shots...

How to Film a Time-Lapse Video

In this article, I’ll share the basics on how to film a timelapse video, no matter whether you’re a beginner or an experienced photographer. Time lapses are a very popular type of cinematography in which the frequency of the captured frames is much slower than the final video play speed.

How to Take Better Photos of Trees and Forests

Trees and forests are deceptively difficult subjects to photograph. It seems that something is often lost in the process – maybe their scale, maybe their tranquility. Photos of a forest scene can easily turn into nonsensical jumbles even if the subject looks wonderful in person. How do you avoid that?

8 Beach Photography Tips for Beginners

Even though I'm usually a mountain person, I've always found it fun to photograph beach scenes, too. But I've also wondered why a beach scene can look terrific to my eyes while failing to translate into a photo. It took years of trial and error before I took pictures of beaches...

How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse

Photographers in some parts of the world are in for a treat, as there is a total lunar eclipse tonight! It’s visible the evening of November 18th, and/or early morning on the 19th depending on where you live. Look for it if you live in North or South America, the Pacific, very western Europe, or eastern Asia.