Photo Tip of the Week Three Things to Know About Long Exposure

Traffic passing over Westminster bridge with Big Ben in the background at twilight, London, England. Motion blur in the bus and people due to long exposure.
Traffic passing over Westminster bridge with Big Ben in the background at twilight, London, England. Motion blur in the bus and people due to long exposure.

A lot of photographers like the look of long exposures, but as one of the more technically challenging genres of photography, it can be extremely difficult to master. In this week’s Photo Tip of the Week, we take a look at three fundamental aspects of long exposure photography that will help set you up for success.

Use Bulb or Time Mode For Ultra Long Exposures

Long exposure shots can be as little as one second or last for several minutes. Most DSLR cameras have the option of up to 30-second exposures, but longer than that you’ll need to set your camera to the bulb setting or time mode.

In bulb, for example, the shutter remains open for as long as the button is held, which in most cases would be done with a remote release. Time mode achieves the same purpose, but

10 Landscape Photography Tips for Beginners ?

yay-661553-digitalIn my  article, I provided a few tips for beginning wildlife photographers. In this one, I’m going to discuss a sub-genre of wildlife photography that presents enough challenges to be considered separately: photographing birds. Capturing great images of birds, especially in the wild, comes with all the difficulties of wildlife photography in general, along with some specifically related to winged wildlife. Let’s look at some of those challenges and how to overcome them.

It’s not ALL about the gear.

Let’s get this one out of the way right now. One of the most popular excuses for taking less-than-perfect bird photographs is not having the right photo equipment. There’s some truth to this, since a $10,000.00+, 600mm lens and a full-frame camera are very likely to give you an advantage.

On the other hand, there are plenty of serious amatuers and professionals taking and selling great bird photos with less expensive cameras and lenses. They’re accomplishing it with skill, knowledge, preparation and determination. With that combination and the best gear you can afford, you can, too.

So, does that mean that just any camera and lens combination will get the job done? Not really, but there

What are smart objects in Photoshop?

iStock_000031071134_MediumEven if you’re a Photoshop newbie, there’s still a good chance you heard the term non-destructive editing before. What does it mean exactly? Well, traditional editing techniques, you know rasterized layers, resizing, changing colors and whatever else all damage image files. They alter pixels reducing image quality and that’s not something you want.

That’s where smart objects come in. You’ve definitely come across them by accident before. Converting a file into a smart object brings some pretty solid advantages to the table. First of all, they preserve all the data of the original layers. This is something that doesn’t happen with conventional editing. Let’s say you have to make changes in the size of a rasterized layer. Almost without exception the result will be a blurred pixilated image.

Making massive changes to a file that has many layers is time consuming not to mention annoying. You have to work on each layer gradually and that can be very frustrating. By converting the file into a smart object, you can update multiple layers at once which is something that will improve your workflow dramatically.

It’s also a lot easier to replace contents with smart objects. It’s

The Rise of the Japanese Camera Manufacturers

In the early years of the last century, long-established German companies dominated the world of film cameras. Brands such as Leitz and Zeiss were giants, and celebrated for their precision engineering and optical performance.

Japan, on the other hand, was a nation emerging from isolation, experiencing rapid growth and structural change. Lacking in the natural resources necessary to fuel an emerging industrialised nation, it had expanded its territories, and much of the country’s manufacturing was dedicated to further intensifying military might. Many of today’s well know Japanese camera manufactures began as suppliers of optical equipment to the Military (making things such as binoculars, sights, and periscopes).

The end of WWII changed everything for the two nations. The German camera industry was in ruins. Worse yet, the division of Germany into two zones physically separated manufacturing plants. In the West Leitz survived intact, but others in the East were further decimated by Russian governance. Zeiss’s tools and equipment were even removed and relocated to invigorate the Soviet camera industry.

Leitz was able to survive, because it innovated and specialised. In 1954, not quite ten years after the end of the war, Leitz introduced the Leica M3. It was such a step forward in thinking

Ways By Which You Can Land Up With a Better Portrait Photograph

Portrait photographs that look stunning are something that we always look forward to. Whoever is in the photograph, be it a family member, a model or a stranger, we still love to look at the picture. A portrait photograph that is captured perfectly can either be nostalgic and bring out some beautiful memories or even tell us stories of the past. It is a perfect way in which a person’s personality is revealed. Perfect portrait photographs are a result of considering certain factors that are described below.

The background plays a very important role in capturing good portrait photographs. It is crucial to ensure that the background does not interface with the subject. Portraits are better when the background is kept simple and uncluttered. In instances where the background has to be considered in order to say something about the subject, then it may not be wise to ignore it. During these circumstances the background can be dimmed by focusing more on the object.

The best way to capture portrait photographs is out in the natural light. This way the portrait will look natural. Since one cannot control natural lighting, capturing pictures outdoors can be a real task. By placing the

Essential Features To Look For In A Good Camera Bag

One of the most expensive and prized possessions you may have is your camera. You may be a photographer by profession or you simply love taking photos as a hobby and as such, you invest in a costly, high quality camera and other accessories so that all the pictures you take will always come out great and perfect.

Since your camera and other accessories are pretty expensive, you need to make sure that you keep them in a safe and protected place whenever you are not using them. This is especially true when you travel a lot and you just need to have and bring all your photography equipment with you at all times.

In such circumstances, you need to make an additional investment to completely protect your camera and other accessories at all times. You need to invest in a good quality camera bag as well.

If it’s your first time to buy a camera bag, you need to remember that there are certain features and qualities that a bag need to possess so that it can be your trusty aid in keeping your photography equipment safe and well protected. These are the following important features:

Durability. The material of the camera bag

How To Select Camera Flashes

There are many types of flashes available in the market now a days due to technical advancement and globalization in the field of electronic gadgets. You have many options available in the market to choose the best flash to suit your needs. While shooting, flash light is very significant factor to decide the final outcome of photo shoot. They give proper lighting to the area so that camera can capture fine details of the object. Different ambient lighting conditions require different types of flashes. Regardless of the type of camera, whether it’s a film type or a digital one, picking the right kind of flash for the camera is very critical to get the best results. So if you are going to the market to buy a camera, you should be aware of different types of flashes available in the market. I have covered some types here which are very popular now a days.

1. Fixed Flash:- They are part of the camera, and they use battery of the camera as their power source. These are suitable for routine photography and their use requires very less technical knowledge.The downside of these type of flashes is that, they drain camera battery

5 Tips for Taking Great Food Pics for Social Media

The days when sharing your food meant taking a nibble off your neighbor’s plate are long gone. Today, sharing food means sending shots of our favorite food delicacies out into the world.

For you foodie lovers who wouldn’t dare dream of eating a bite of a deliciously grilled meal until after the photo op is over, you’ll be happy to know that according to a 2014 study by, photos shared on Facebook garner more interaction than any other form of shared content. So when dining mates complain that the food is getting cold while you find the perfect shot, remind them that your food photos are actually bringing you closer to and connecting you with others. (Heads up: your mom may or may not buy that argument.)

Whether you snap food pics for fun or for your blog or website, you’ll want some seriously eye-catching photography. Fortunately, this doesn’t require blowing your budget on the latest camera. You really only need a smartphone and these 5 tips to taking great photos for social media.

1. Lighting. Lighting may be the single most important factor when taking a great photo. Make it easy on yourself by leaving your camera or smartphone on