The Mysterious World of Flash Sync
Flash modes tend to be less well-defined because the relationship between a pulsing, external light source and cameras goes way back to the days when you had to load your external flash with a special pyrotechnic powder and light it off at just the right time. How cool would that be? Hit the shutter and SHA-PHOOM!
20 Striking Examples of Silhouette Photography
With most photos you’ll want to be able to capture the detail of your subject, but with silhouettes you’ll take basically the opposite approach. A dark silhouette on a lit background can create a dramatic and intriguing scene, and even a little bit of mystery. Silhouettes can be used effectively when photographing people, landscapes, flowers, and other objects.
The Ins and Outs of Autofocus
I remember when the first autofocus cameras came out, it was a topic of some ridicule and professional snobbery in the early days. Some of the real early systems were based on IR or sound which could be fooled by rain or anything moving in the field of view. All of the early autofocus systems were slow. Push the button, then watch as the focus system started hunting around, eventually settling on something that seemed about right. In the late 70s and 80s came the lenses with in-lens focusing motors so big they left an obvious lump in the lens contour. We called those “goiter” lenses.
25 Amazing Photos of Birds
Birds are a favorite subject of many nature photographers all around the world. While photographing birds can be quite a challenge and can require a lot of patience, the results can be worth the effort. Catching a bird in flight will require you to be prepared for the situation and even getting a quality shot of a bird in a tree or on the ground requires being in the right place at the right time, and patience to get the right shot.
How to Create a Powerful Dragan-Inspired Effect in Lightroom, Plus a Free Preset
Andrzej Dragan is well-know for his distinct style of portraits. In this tutorial we’ll walk through the process of creating a Dragan-inspired effect in Lightroom. The result will be a high-contrast photo with a rough, textured look and feel. This effect isn’t ideal for all portraits, but in the right situation it can help you to create powerful and impactful images.
At the end of the tutorial you’ll also be able to download a free Lightroom preset to create the effect easily and instantly. The free preset is one of the ten presets available in our new set of Dragan-Inspired Lightroom Presets.
Understanding The Exposure Triangle
A perfectly exposed photograph is a thing of beauty. In the old days that meant carrying around a light meter the size of a hand grenade and taking readings to calculate the exposure. Because those calculations were frequently average values, a smart photographer would bracket exposure by a stop above and below, hoping one of them was just right. Trying to get the exposure just right in the shot above with a hand-held light meter would have been as much luck as skill.