Resources to save time and money, reduce the pain and speed up the learning curve.
NIGHT SHIFT - Introduction to night photography
Dusan Labuda (DusanLabuda)
Night photography will force you to think a bit more than common daylight shooting. Now you are challenged by the low light and an unusual ratio of highlights and shadows. Your hunt for light will squeeze out the maximum from your gear. Done correctly, it will also unleash the power of your mind and body to change your daytime habits into "The Night Shift" mode. There are several questions to be considered before one starts shooting in low light. Read more...
Exposure variables – Making the most out of your camera
Hal Becker (HBB)
What are the variables involved in determining the exposure in your camera? How are they interrelated? This is explained in this article. Read more...
Pre-flight photographers quick-check
Ernesto Santos (esantos)
We all want to be consistently rewarded with great photos, but, as airplane pilots do, it is always worth it to go down the check list for what we intend to photograph. Ernesto Santos (esantos) has even come up with a how-to acronym, to reduce our chances to forget key items to succeed. Read more...
Release your inner artist: Break the "P" barrier
Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)
Your new camera has plenty of bells and whistles and by now you already know it can take good pictures in full automatic mode. If that is all you need, continue on and be happy. But, if you’re looking to engage your creative mind by stepping out of the full-auto realm, this article will help you navigate the maze of confusing numbers and camera modes and priorities. Read more...
How Long Exposure Noise Reduction Works
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)
Many people have wondered about how Long Exposure Noise Reduction (Long Exp. NR) works. To clear up any misconceptions, this article will describe the unusual method the camera uses to remove noise caused by a long exposure. Let’s examine how it works and how to enable it on your camera. Read more...
Nikon Df and Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 lens review
Richard Hulbert (rhulbert)
Rick Hulbert (rhulbert) wonders why the rabid attacks on the Df. Not only reacts to the comments, he goes out and buys one Df camera and 58mm f/1.4 lens. We bring you here his observations and first hands-on reactions. Take a look at his handheld images made at ISO from 800 to 6400. Read more...
What’s the Best ISO Setting? Native, Pushed or Auto?
The ability to dial in ISO sensitivities in the five- to six-figure range in 1/3-stop increments is pretty heady stuff. With the exception of some of the highest ISO ratings, the image quality of the resulting imagery remains surprisingly decent and is equal to or better than the image quality of the fastest film stocks, which speed-wise were nowhere near the ISO sensitivity levels we can squeeze out of our (H)DSLRs. Read more...
In Search of the Perfect Camera
Holger Wahl (Holger)
The search for the “perfect camera” is as old as photography itself. When you ask anyone what their opinion is on this topic, you will get as many answers as there are photographers. Your best answer will come from your own head, after you resolve the same issues you would personally be facing when choosing a golf club, cricket bat or tennis racquet.How do plan to use it? What is your ultimate goal? And (most important) How much money can I spend? Read more...
Understanding ISO & Noise Reduction Settings
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)
One thing that makes a digital camera exciting is the fact that one can change the “sensitivity” of the image capturing sensor at any time, from one frame to the next. A film user must carry rolls of film with different ISO numbers and waste film when it’s necessary to change the ISO before the end of a roll. A digital camera can instead use AUTO ISO for automatic sensitivity adjustments, or one can adjust the camera manually for a different ISO on each shot. Read more...