Types of Auto-Focusing and When to Use Which

Types of auto-focusing and when to use which

Your digital SLR camera is a bundle of some of the most advanced pieces of optical technology. It involves, metering, auto-focusing, image stabilization and a plethora of other refinements. In this article we are going to delve about auto-focusing.

Auto-focusing is a technique which allows a camera to lock focus on a point with the aim to effect the maximum contrast. Note – contrast and focus does have a relationship. When you press down the shutter button the camera does two things. It tries to adjust the position of some of the elements inside the lens to check if it produces a sharp contrast. This it does by using tiny phase detection sensors located at the back of the camera and the tiny auto-focusing motors that move the focusing elements into position. Continue Reading

Using Drones for Landscape Photography

Using drones for landscape photography

The emergence of remotely controlled drones capable of carrying several pounds of photography gear, some with built-in full HD (or even 4K) video cameras have completely rewritten the rules of landscape photography (and videography). Landscape photography has always been a challenging pursuit within the world of photography. It was always a pursuit that demanded meticulous preparations, careful calculations of light value and correct setting of exposure values to get a near perfect exposure.  Arial photography was even more complicated. It required a huge budget that could cover helicopter, pilot and specialized gear on board. Therefore this type of photography has always been reserved for top dollar productions. Continue Reading

The 6 Most Photogenic Cityscapes in the World

Even with all their stress, noise, and confusion, the modern urban landscapes that many of us live in are not without their sense of aesthetics and serenity. In fact, some of my favorite shots have been captured from the heart of the concrete jungle. For photographers, the city offers a means to assign meaning to the chaos that seems to engulf us, but not all cities are created equal.

In this post, Brandon from The Cam Critic covers his 6 most favorite cities to shoot in.
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A Few Tips on Better People Photography

A Few Tips on Better People Photography

Have you ever wondered that regardless of all the exotic reasons that might have drove you to buy a DSLR camera, photographing your near and dear ones have always been the primary use of such a camera? As a matter of fact at least 1 out of every 5 photos that you ever make will always be a face. Interestingly, not even half the images are as sharp and technically good as they can be. It shows amateur and sometimes even serious photographers don’t know what to do when photographing faces. In some cases they might actually know a few tricks but end up not using them in a hurry to click the shot. In this article we shall be going through some of those important tips and tricks. If you already are aware of some of them it can still be a worthwhile exercise in refreshing your knowledge. Continue Reading

Going Above and Beyond For Your Clients

Being a photographer means that you have to be a people person. You can have amazing work and a great eye but no one will WANT to work with you if you have an awful personality or don’t know how to make your clients feel special. When you deliver extras for your clients and fantastic customer service that kind of thing goes a long way. I’m not saying let your clients step all over but don’t be afraid to speak up and suggest shots or settings that they didn’t think of. Continue Reading

Why You Should Always Have A Camera On You

When you are a professional photographer sometimes you just want to leave your gear at home and take a break from snapping pictures. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have at least something with you that can take a great photo. You don’t have to bring your high end DLSR with a million ultra fast lenses everywhere you go but sometimes cool things happen out of nowhere, you may see something eye catching, or end up in a situation that you didn’t expect – hopefully in a good way! Continue Reading

7 Surefire Wildlife Photography Tips

7 surefire wildlife photography tips

If landscape is the supreme challenge, wildlife photography has to be the source of supreme frustration. There may be days on end when you make absolutely zero photos to show for your hard work and patience. Any wildlife photographer worth his salt will tell you, it is always a struggle without the right gear and the right amount of planning. You can still make good landscape images with reasonable (not outstanding) gear, but you absolutely need great lenses if you want to shoot great wildlife photos, period. Apart from gear there are a few more aspects to shooting great wildlife photos. This article is geared towards sharing with you some of those aspects so as to introduce you to wildlife photography. Continue Reading

7 Landscape Photography Tips You Have Likely Never Used

Landscape photography tips you have likely never used

1. Use a large f-number when you can

As odd as it may seem as we have been spoon fed on the concepts of using small aperture for shooting landscape photos. A larger aperture has its own advantages though. Let’s say you are photographing a scene in low light. If you use a small aperture you will have to compensate that by increasing the ISO and or the shutter speed to get a good exposure. Both will result in noise. Plus, when you stop down the lens too much lens diffraction sets in. To avoid all these problems use a faster aperture, something like f/5.6. But wouldn’t it make some of the elements in the image out of focus? Not if your lens is wide enough and the focus is set to infinity. At that distance f/5.6 will bring everything in focus. Continue Reading

Would You Outsource Your Photo Editing Chores?

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As a photographer a question that we have to ask ourselves on a daily basis is should we outsource our photo editing chores? The motivation comes when we consider the obvious huge advantages that come from outsourcing this time consuming task. Think of all that you could possibly do when you don’t have to sit in front of your computer for hours a day editing your photos. You could spend more time with your family, take that hike you have been looking to make every spring to the woods, spend some quality time with your parents, or simply chill out or learn new things. To be honest the options are lucrative and the comparable costs are minimal. Also, the other advantages are that you can look for more work – shoot more, which is what you love to do and spend less time in front of your computer and burning out in the process. Of course the ultimate goal is to shoot so well that images wouldn’t need any editing but until that happens someone has to do it. Continue Reading