Intermediate Photography Tips
How to Shoot Crowd Photos
Shooting photographs when you’re in the middle of a large crowd -- partially blocking your view and affecting the composition of the shot -- adds a lot of difficulty to the photography situation.
Shooting Photos for Web Sharing
Shooting photos that you plan to print requires a lot of planning. It’s important to have the lighting, exposure, and camera settings just right, allowing for a large, sharp print. Shooting photos you plan to send by e-mail or use on the Web are a little more forgiving.
Maternity Photo Tips
If you find a mother-to-be who's willing to serve as a subject for your maternity photos, you're going to want to follow these tips to make your maternity photos memorable.
Tips for Photographing Profiles
Profile photos are extremely common and popular, appearing in many places on the Internet and in printed photos. Even though they are very common, they don’t have to all look the same.
Nature Photography Equipment Tips
Creating great nature photographs can be a serious challenge, but having the right equipment helps. Use these tips to figure out which equipment can help with your nature photography.
Butterfly Photo Tips
Because butterflies tend to move around a lot, they can be tricky to photograph. Use these tips to help you shoot some great photos of butterflies in nature.
Reunion Photography Tips
If you remember to bring your camera to this year's family reunion -- and you’ll be kicking yourself if you don't -- use these tips to shoot great photos at your family reunions.
How to Shoot Wildflower Photos
Although shooting photos of wildflowers seems about as easy as photography can be -- no fussy babies, no fast-moving subjects, and plenty of bright colors -- there are some tips you can follow to improve your photography results with wildflowers.
Zoo Photography Tips
Shooting photos at the zoo offers some challenges, thanks to the bars of the cages, the variety of sizes of animals, and the different types of external lighting. Use these tips to overcome these challenges.
When Should I Be Shooting Black and White Photos?
With black and white photography, you want to pick and choose where you use this technique, as overusing black and white photography limits its effectiveness and impact.
Color Management in Photos
Try to follow these simple tips for making your color management efforts as easy and successful as possible.
Photographing Snowy Landscapes
One of the most common problems in shooting a snowy landscape is making the exposure of the camera work properly. This ends up making shooting in snow one of the toughest environments in which to use your camera, so use these tips to help you have more success.
Shooting photos at football games can be a real challenge, because of all of the movement and action.
Successful Group Photos
It can be a trickier than it might seem at first to end up with a really good group photo. Use these tips to end up with a better chance at successful group photos.
Photographing Small Birds
Small birds can be among the most challenging animal photos to shoot for nature photographers. They’re small, they’re often hidden in tree branches, they’re easily spooked, and they move fast.
Baby Photography Tips
Photographing babies and toddlers is always fun, and it's important for documenting their growth throughout their young lives.
Although sunset photos seem as if they should be easy to shoot, but they're tougher to shoot than you may think. Use these tips to achieve the best sunset pictures.
Cloudy Day Photos
If you're a photographer who enjoys shooting photos on bright, sunny days ... and who tends to leave the camera in the drawer on cloudy, overcast days, you may want to rethink your policy. Cloudy day photos require some slightly different thinking.
Building Photography Lighting
For those who enjoy shooting architectural photos, one of the biggest challenges is properly lighting the large architectural structures. Try these tips to help you with the process of finding the proper lighting for building photography.
Photographing Racing Events
Photographing racing events requires some specific techniques that allow you to capture the action of the event, while also capturing the other aspects of the race.
Telling Photo Story
If you believe the old saying that one picture is worth 1,000 words, then you probably believe in the power of a photo essay. A properly composed photo essay, also called a photo narrative, can be a powerful tool for telling a photo story.
When looking for unique photography options, many people limit their thinking to finding unique subjects. However, you also can create unique photos by using different perspectives, odd lighting situations, and unorthodox settings on the camera.
Using DSLR Automatic Modes
You don't always have to operate your DSLR camera in manual control mode. The DSLR camera has a variety of automatic control modes, just like a point-and-shoot camera.
Macro Photography Tips
Macro photography is designed to help you shoot extreme close-up photos, as the camera usually adjusts its focus length and flash intensity to allow for close-up shots when in macro mode. Learn how to use macro mode with your camera.
Camera Flash Problems
A common problem faced by photographers using compact digital cameras or pop up flashes on DSLRs is the lack of control over the integral flash. Often the flash can be blinding and too strong, leading to blown out images. Here are some tips to help avoid camera flash problems.
Photos Without Flash
As we've discussed in several articles, using flash can lead to overly lit and unnatural looking images. The alternative, however, is often blurred and under-exposed images. Fortunately, here are some easy tips to help you shoot great images without having to resort to using flash.
Using Close-up Flash
When shooting close-up photos, it can be difficult to come up with just the right exposure. Without good control of the flash unit, you could end up with a washed-out photo because the flash is too strong or an underexposed photo because the flash is not firing.
City Photography Tips
Shooting photographs in a big city provides some interesting and challenging opportunities. You’ll be challenged by odd lighting conditions, strong lighting contrasts, and interesting angles ... but those same items can help you create cool photos.
Photography Preparation Tips
No matter what type of photography session you have planned, it's important to prepare for the day. Use these photography preparation tips to make sure your equipment is ready to go.
Best Camera Setup Tips
Digital photography is a complex business, and DSLR cameras require a certain amount of technological know-how. Fortunately you can use some of our best camera tips to learn how to set your DSLR up and make shooting quicker and smoother.
Learn to Make Sharp Photos
There are two distinct types of sharpening within digital photography. The first is "optical sharpening," which is defined by the quality of your lens and your camera's sensor. The other type is "software sharpening," which is applied in post production. Learn about both kinds of photo sharpening in this article.
What is Photography Perspective?
Perspective in photography refers to the dimension of objects and the spatial relationship between them. It also relates to the position of the human eye in relation to the objects in an image. The farther away an object is from the human eye, the smaller it becomes.
Flash Photography Tips
Whether you're using a compact camera with a built in flash, a DSLR's integrated pop-up flash, or a dedicated speedlight on your DSLR, use these flash photography tips to improve your overall photography results.
Digital Camera Effects
There are a host of imaging programs available nowadays, and you can make almost any adjustment to your digital photographs on a computer. It can be far more satisfying to learn how to create different effects in-camera, though. Try these tips for creating in-camera digital camera effects.
After fireworks photos, lightning photos are probably the most popular type of challenging nighttime photos that people can shoot. However, lightning photos differ from fireworks photos in one key area: Lightning is far more unpredictable than fireworks.
Combining Light and Texture in Photos
When shooting photos of inanimate objects, combining light with different textures can give you a very interesting image, different from a typical photo of that object. Use these tips to successfully combine light and texture in your photos.
Geometric Elements in Photography
Try breaking away from the norm by using geometric elements in your photographs. Use these tips to find cool geometric elements and shoot successful geometric photos using them.
Create Panoramic Photos
Shooting panoramic photos can be very tricky, especially if you don’t have a tripod available. Keeping the camera steady enough to record the images required to create the wide panoramic photo can be difficult. Use these tips to learn how to create panoramic photos with your camera.
How to Shoot Memorable Travel Photos
Nearly everyone shoots photos or video when they travel, as photos and videos are great methods for remembering the highlights of the trip later. Creating truly memorable travel photos, however, requires a little work and effort on your part.
What Are Autofocus Points?
Modern DSLRs come with a number of focus points, which can usually be seen through the viewfinder. These are known as autofocus points, which are what the camera uses to focus on a subject. Use these tips to learn more about using autofocus points.
What is Barrel Lens Distortion?
Barrel lens distortion is an effect associated with wide-angle lenses and, in particular, zoom wide-angles. This effect causes images to be spherized, which causes the edges of images to look curved and bowed to the human eye. It is most visible in images that have straight lines in them.
Learn How to Use a Circular Polarizer Filter
Circular polarizing filters come with two rings, and you simply twist the front ring to activate polarization. You'll know when you've achieved polarization by reflections disappearing, or when the contrast between blue sky and clouds increases.
Moon Photography Tips
Most photographers shoot during full daylight. However, don’t forget about some of the cool photos you can shoot at twilight and at night, such as photos of the moon.
What is Flash?
Flash in digital photography is a form of extremely bright light used to illuminate a scene or to help freeze fast moving objects. Flash refers to both the flash of light itself and to the electronic flash unit actually producing the light.
Tips for Landscape Photography
It happens more than any photographer would like to admit: You can see a beautiful landscape in front of you, but when it's photographed, the results aren't as spectacular. By following these landscape photography tips, though, you can start to produce stunning professional-looking shots.
Tips for Photographing Silhouettes
A silhouette is a photograph where a dark figure or shape is against a light background. Read on for some tips on photographing silhouettes.
Shooting Soft Subject Photos
There are a few instances where an out-of-focus photograph is preferred. An unfocused subject in a photo can create an interesting and unique look. Use these tips to learn more about soft subject photos.
Shooting Night Photos
Shooting night photos can be a challenge, especially with a point and shoot camera. Night photos also can be among the most dramatic photos you'll shoot. Use these tips to improve your results when shooting night photos.
Fall Foliage Photography
Photos of fall foliage provide great opportunities for interesting colors in dramatic landscape photos. If you want your fall foliage photography to stand out, follow these tips.
Fireworks Photography Tips
Fireworks can be a challenging photography situation. Shooting photos of fireworks requires the proper shutter speed and aperture settings. These fireworks photography tips should help you learn how to shoot great fireworks pictures.
How to Use a Tripod
Using a tripod not just a case of knowing when to use a tripod. You need to know how to use one properly to make sure it's an adequate support to your DSLR.