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The Best Settings for Night Photography

Best Settings for Night Photography
Night photography is a fascinating genre of landscape photography. You're standing outside in total darkness but the camera display shows something else: a starry sky and the beauty surrounding you. Photographing the night sky isn't quite as straightforward as one might want, though. In fact, it is in many cases quite opposite of 'regular' landscape photography. Using the 'wrong' settings might...

When to Use an Open Aperture in Landscape Photography

Open Aperture in Landscape Photography
"I am somewhat puzzled when I read about professional landscape photography where they use fast lenses such as f2.8 or f1.4. Why do they use these lenses when most landscape photos are taken anywhere from f8 to f22 and the supposed sweet spot is f11 (or close to it) to get good depth of field throughout. Where does the f/2.8 come in...

Cover the Viewfinder for Long Exposure Photography

Cover the Viewfinder Long Exposure Photography
When I purchased my first Neutral Density Filters several years ago and started experimenting with Long Exposure Photography, I became fascinated by the magical effects created with shutter speeds of 10, 30, 100 seconds or more. However, there was one particular problem that regularly occurred: an unwanted purple color/haze was covering parts of the image. It would become so visible...

3 Quick Steps to Beautiful Long Exposure Photography

Beautiful Long Exposure Photography
Long Exposure Photography has become a popular niche and one that I often mention. It's a technique that has the potential to take your photography from boring to Wow! The best part is that it's not particularly hard to learn and, in reality, there are only a few steps to follow in order to get started. Let's take a look at the...

How to Use Color Labels in Lightroom

How to Set Color Label in Lightroom
Keeping a structured file system on your hard drive is important but keeping images organized within Lightroom is just as important. Rating images and using collections are great ways to easily locate and keep track of images but it's not always enough. Sometimes you need extra information or better labeling to notice important details. That's when color labels come into...

How to Straighten a Crooked Horizon in Lightroom

How to Straighten Horizon in Lightroom
Let's face it. Most of us have been victims of crooked horizons more than once. Even with spirit levels or a built-in virtual horizon, a crooked horizon occurs on a regular basis, for some of us more frequently than others. That being said, there's not much that is more distracting than having one in a beautiful image. No matter how good...

How to Remove Spots in Photoshop

Remove Dust Spots in Photoshop
No matter how often you clean the camera and lenses, and no matter how perfect the composition is, it's hard to avoid having a couple spots or areas you want to remove from a photo. Luckily, it's relatively easy to remove spots in Photoshop without leaving visible traces. Remove Dust Spots in Photoshop If you're a Lightroom user and all you want...

Saturation vs. Vibrance. What’s the Difference?

The Saturation and Vibrance sliders are well-known and used by photographers in all genres alike. But do you know the difference between them? If not, then you're not alone. In fact, the majority of us just play around with them until we find a combination that makes the image look good. For a more effective and professional workflow, though, I...

The Importance of Studying Other Photographers

Study the work of other photographers
Since your reading this, I can confidently assume that taking beautiful pictures is a goal you have. While there are tons of useful (even essential) resources, there's one simple trick that will do wonders for your photography: study the works of other photographers. In fact, this is one of the most common advice in our Photographer of the Month interviews. Why...

How to Avoid Light Leaks for Long Exposure Photography

Avoid Light Leaks
Light leaks often occur when using filters to achieve long exposures. Even though the shot is perfectly planned out, it's a problem that requires a few extra steps to avoid. The main reason to prevent them is that they're nearly impossible to correct in post-processing. Other problems such as dust spots, hot pixels or color cast are easy to fix...

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