Intentional Blur Motivation

Although in photography blurriness is often viewed as a mistake, there is an interesting and creative way to intentionally capture motion blurs in your images. By experimenting with shutter speed, you can snap some awesome shots that truly capture the action and dynamic energy of a subject in motion.

If you just purchased your first camera and you’re still not comfortable making these technical adjustments, consider checking out our online digital photography course before you dive in. Throughout the course you’ll login and learn the basic functions of your camera so you can begin to shoot in manual mode, capturing higher-quality images of the people and places around you. If you’re already a pro with your device and ready to get some practice, here are some tips for snapping that awesome motion blur we’re talking about:

1. Manual Mode
If you’re comfortable working in manual mode, your shots will come out best if you do so with this exercise. If you’re absolutely unwilling to get out of auto, you should start by playing with shutter priority mode for the

Adobe Photoshop For the Family Photographer

For a more comprehensive education and step-by-step guide to mastering Adobe Photoshop, check out our online Photoshop course to get started. For some simple tips, today we’ll talk about how to adjust some common errors we photographers tend to make in routine shoots.

Photo albums are often littered with pictures that are too dark because the photographer didn’t turn on their flash. In this picture, the photographer should have used fill flash to illuminate the bride and groom’s faces. All is not lost however. In fact, it’s a pretty simple fix most of the time. In Adobe Photoshop, choose Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels. A histogram will open up. Slide the white triangle on the right until it lines up with the first peak on the right side of the histogram. Slide the black triangle on the left until it lines up with the first peak on the left side of the histogram. Then, you can move the middle triangle to the left until you get a pleasing amount of brightness in the photograph. Do not go too far

Five Tasty Food Photography Guidelines Worth Buying

Food photography has become quite a prevalent genre. If you do not fully appreciate this attractive art, no doubt you need a firsthand experience. You will get a golden chance to understand the basics behind achieving styling atrocities of a creepy ilk.

 Invest in Food Stylists

Food stylists play a crucial role in this photography. Professional food shooting is more than just placing some delicacies on the table and getting your camera ready for work. Who will even look at a meal that is not whetting their appetite? Experts in food styling understand the items to pick for photography.

Probably you do not know tomatoes could be sliced into some fancy shapes and put alongside beautifully made lettuce pieces. These stylists also co-work with photographers in rightly using stand-ins. All this is in the power of a professional food artist.

Get Your Background Setting Right

Ensure that you do not overly exaggerate your background. It might end up catching the viewer’s attention more than your food. If not a plain background, then

How to Get Your Photos Featured in Magazines

Getting your first photos published in print is a dream that comes true. The feeling of seeing your signature below the photo in a magazine is all the incentive you need to pursue your career further.

Create a portfolio

Even though you may already have a portfolio, go over it again. What kinds of pictures are getting published these days? Are they documentary pictures taken quickly and in the heat of the moment or are they staged photos that convey certain messages. Depending on your style and passion, the portfolio you create will vary vastly. This means that you will be approached by some publishers but avoided by others – it’s only natural. Don’t create a portfolio filled with pieces you don’t feel comfortable with. If you want to get your photos published, make sure that you select the ones you are most proud of.

Focus on your best work when creating an online portfolio and use a very clean and accessible WordPress theme in order to do so. Make the job of browsing through your pictures as easy and fast as possible for the visitors. Picking a short catchy name for your professional career as a photographer is going to help you

In-Depth Review of Tamron’s SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens

So many times it occurs to me what a wonderful time we as photographers operate in today. We find ourselves constantly being introduced to new and better gear… cheaper cameras, faster glass. That last bit about lenses is particularly true.

This robust fast telephoto lens is Tamron’s updated version of the of their first generation (model A009) 70-200mm f/2.8 and offers upgrades that make that this new comer a powerhouse in the world of fast telephoto glass. Wildlife and sport photographer… get in here.

First Impressions

The SP 70-200mm G2 offers a heavy hitting package of style and function which is evident right out of the box.The lens itself looks wonderful with it’s flat, matte black finish and contrasting bright white lettering. A great thing about updated versions of the SP line is the readily apparent attention Tamron has paid to improving not only the form, but also function of their reimagined lens offerings. The entire lens looks sleek and professional grade.Overall, the 70-200mm is substantially built but not at all overly weighty for a lens of this focal range and speed. The Canon version weighs in at 3.3 pounds (1,500g) is just tips the

The Ultimate Guide to Color Theory for Photographers

Color is all around us, and when used correctly it can help your images come to life. Color has the power to transform your compositions; from dull and uninspiring to exciting and alive.

Understanding Color Theory

There is a lot to explore when it comes to color theory, and how it affects our images, but understanding the color wheel and how the different colors work together and complement each other is a great place to start. Different color combinations provoke different feelings and responses; with some color schemes working together much better than others.

By understanding how different colors work together, you’ll be able to see things differently, and get the most from the colors around you. Here’s a basic look at some different color combinations.

Analogous Colors

First, let’s look at analogous colors. These are the colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. An analogous color scheme can consist of anything from two colors on up to half the wheel. These colors – think blue and green – can often make for a pleasing and harmonious color combination.

Complementary Colors

Complementary colors are shades that are

Can Photography Be Used as a Form of Therapy?

Photography is not only a form of art; it is also a means of expression and a way of communicating thoughts and feelings. A single photograph can tell a hundred different stories. This is one of the reasons why some people have taken it as a hobby and, for others, a form of therapy.

Examples of Situations Where Photography Was Used as a Form of Therapy

Before we continue the discussion on photography as a form of therapy, let’s look at some examples of situations where taking photos successfully helped a person or several persons bounce back from a painful or depressing experience.

Here are two inspiring stories:

  1. A Vietnam war veteran in Spokane, Washington uses photography to deal with his PSTD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and depression caused by memories of the war. He actually formed a camera club for veterans. It has done a lot of great things for many of them. The club has helped veterans cope with post-war problems like being reclusive, fear of crowds, getting people to understand what and how they were feeling, and depression, among many others. The veterans look at their cameras as non-destructive substitutes for the guns

Insurance for Photographers: What You Need To Know

Bottom line: You need insurance as a photographer. Though it may seem like you don’t because you may think nothing can go wrong, you actually do. When it comes to photography, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and think that Murphy’s Law applies at all times.

Determine the Kind of Coverage You Require

The kind of coverage you require is based on your needs and what you’re specifically doing. For example, when you open a studio or rent office space for your photography business or agency, you’ll need to purchase insurance to cover any possible fires, floods, and other disasters before you’ll be allowed to move in.

Even if you’re working or being a hobbyist from your own home, you’ll typically still require insurance for your client’s belongings and property (home insurance only applies to… your own home). Any insurance policy worth its salt and your money is one that will insure you for damages and also provide legal consultation.

If you’re going to be traveling across state lines or even internationally for shoots, providers usually have international coverage for extra fees, so be sure to ask your provider about this

The Advantages of Using a Single Lens for Professional Photography

The Power of Photography

Photography is powerful, it allows us to capture everything that is happening around us. It allows us to capture life as it unfolds. This is why I bring my camera with me wherever I go (as much as possible). This is also the reason why I love photography.

Through the photos that we photographers create, we’re able to reach out to different audience. We are able to deliver important messages in the most visually appealing ways. Through the photos we took, we interact with, influence, transform, and inspire people.

As such, it is our responsibility as photographers to make sure that the images we produce are striking, thought provoking, visually attractive, and unforgettable. To do this, we need to have the right equipment and know how to use them to our advantage.

A Professional Photographer’s Tools

A photographer’s most important tools or equipment are his camera and lenses. You can forget everything else except the two. All other tools – such as tripod, flash, filters, and light meter, among others – are secondary tools.

So when a photographer goes out to shoot, the first things he puts inside the bag are his

Improve Exposure in Landscape Photography

While most cameras today do a fairly decent job of properly exposing the scene at hand, they don’t get it right all the time.

In tricky lighting situations, it’s easy for your camera’s light meter to get confused resulting in an over or underexposed image. In other cases, where you may want to intentionally overexpose to draw out certain details, or underexpose to create a certain mood, leaving the settings up to your camera isn’t a good way to get the results that you’re after.

No matter what type of images you’re going for, or what effect you’re looking to create, having a clear understanding of exposure and knowing how to adjust your camera’s settings can help you to get the results that you’re after, each and every time.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at how you can adjust your exposures for different situations, and make use of tools that can help you to capture those excellent shots.

Understanding the Exposure Triangle

First, let’s take a look at exposure itself. Exposure is based on three main components: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Each of these variables works together to allow

Game photography with HDR

Shooting landscapes is the dream of most people who hold a camera, and for good reason – their sheer beauty and depth can create a very dramatic photograph.

But photographing these amazing scenes can be tricky. Often a single exposure won’t capture the entire range of light in a landscape scene, and your photo may look a little flat. By shooting brackets and then using HDR techniques to create your photo, you have the opportunity to bring that scene to life. While HDR photos can be edgy and intense, you can also create serene, beautiful HDR photos by using the technique in a subtle way.

All of these are HDR photos which were built and edited in Aurora HDR 2017 by Macphun, which is the most powerful HDR software available. If you aren’t familiar with Aurora or HDR photography, you can find a wealth of information, training videos and tutorials on the Macphun website.

Chase The Right Light

In landscape photography, it’s often all about the light. The best light can come at sunrise, although of course sunset is usually most popular (since it doesn’t require a wakeup call). Regardless of whether you get up early for sunrise or

Field-Testing the K&F Concept Large Professional Camera Backpack

K&F Concept is a company that has been around the world of photography since 2011 but admittedly has flown beneath my radar. That was until I was approached about evaluating some of the gear they offer.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve put this bag through it’s paces. The bag or, more accurately a backpack, was tested during some outdoor photography outings and during day to day shooting. It looks outstanding and has some great features that real-world photographers will appreciate.

The Basics

First of all, if you’re the type of shooter who insists that form just as important as function then you will love this pack. The material is a weathered texture and resembles the look and feel of old denim jeans. The color is a blueish-gray with accents being black faux leather.

The entire package is stylish and utilitarian without looking drab or plain by any means. Overall the appearance and feel of the construction is overtly heavy duty yet refined.

All the zippers and buckles are large and work smoothly. There are also grabbers at the end of each zipper for easy handling even if you’re wearing gloves. There’s not much to say about zippers and buckles on camera bags except

Landscape Photography

Whether you’re a professional photographer or a budding hobbyist, one of the many challenges you might face is choosing the perfect subject for landscape photography.

Given the abundance of natural splendor that’s available, it can be difficult to focus on an appropriate subject for your landscape photography. These tips should help you capture beautiful images of scenic landscapes.


Regardless of where you live, there are probably some really great landscape scenes nearby. Take a drive around the countryside and keep your eyes open for possibility. Perhaps there’s an old farmhouse or beautiful creek that runs near your home. Odds are, you’ve already passed a hundred suitable spots in your daily life. Take the time to think of some of the places where you’ve gone for walks or a drive.

Make a list of possible places and ask your friends if they have ideas. Try scouting potential areas at different times of day to see what the natural play of the sunlight brings out. Scenes change as the sun moves across the land. Something ordinary can become extraordinary with just a shift of light.

Don’t Be Afraid To Follow The Footsteps of Others

Take some time to

Photograph Challenging Types of Light

Something I go on and on about is how photography is all about light – that’s no secret. Without light, there is no image. As photographers we’re used to looking for an interesting subject to shoot, but consideration always needs to be taken as to the type of light you’re dealing with.

Midday Sun

Undoubtedly one of the most challenging types of light to shoot with, midday sun is when the sun is at its highest position, sitting directly overhead. The resulting light creates very hard shadows, which are almost impossible for your camera to penetrate. Most of the time, photographers will try and avoid shooting at this time of day but sometimes it may be inevitable.

The easiest way to work with this type of light is to use fill-flash – a short burst of flash from your flashgun or, if your camera has one, by firing its pop-up flash. This will help to fill in the shadows. You can also use a reflector to help fill in the shadows, although this won’t be as effective as the flash.

Bright Overcast Skies

Whilst this sort of light can produce dramatic images if

Incredible Surf Photography Approaches

If you’ve ever tried photographing surfers before, you know how challenging it can be at times, with the constant motion of your subject and even the environment of the saltwater and the salty sea air.

Learn About Surf Photography

Before jumping headfirst into this genre of photography, do a bit of research so you understand what you can do with this pursuit instead of just showing up at the beach and snapping away crazily.

The most obvious place to get a sense is surfing magazines. Here, you’ll find out all about the angles being used, the locations for photography, proximity to surfers, and equipment being used. You’ll also get a good deal of inspiration about what kinds of pictures to take and how to proceed.

Some of the leading publications include SURFER Magazine, Stab Magazines, and CURL Mag.

After all, when you begin to chronicle a sport like surfing through your photography, you first have to find out the basics, such as how said sport can translate over to an art form like photography.

Get a Good Location, First of All

Surf photography is hard to pull off when you’re in the wrong spot

Are You a Rude Photographer?

From concerts and baseball games to barbeques and beach days, we bet you’ll be spending plenty of time at snapshot worthy events this summer. But when you bring your camera along to public parties and occasions amongst large crowds, it’s important to use the best photographers’ etiquette. Often times in an effort to get the best shot, we forget to remember that others around us are trying to enjoy the show as well, and we might be stepping on their toes. To save you from social faux pas, we came up with a quick list of protocol you should generally adhere to:

1. Flash –

Picture this- you’re at a beach wedding during sundown and there’s really low lighting. Is it okay to use flash? We vote no- when it comes to special events (especially those where there is likely a hired photographer there on the job), religious ceremonies, or intimate concert settings, you should respectfully avoid using your flash. The best way to gauge? If no one else (other than paid photographers working the function) is taking flash photos and your flash would be even slightly noticeable in an otherwise very dimly lit ambiance, it

Shark Photography

We all remember the horrifying movie Jaws. How that massive great white shark terrorized all the people in that seaside town until Roy Scheider eventually killed it. Since then, people have had a morbid fascination with sharks in general, not just great whites.

Get Rid of the View Finder

One of the most important rules to follow in shark photography is that you don’t need your camera’s view finder. This means you’ll have to start snapping your shark images by instinct alone, but it’s really for your own good (and safety).

After you’ve dealt with pre-setting your focus, you’re good to go. The more you get comfortable with working underwater and also with the view of different lenses (wide-angle, fisheye, etc.), the more naturally you’ll frame your shots underwater just by pointing your camera at the sharks.

Not having to deal with the view finder also leaves you free to be more aware of your surroundings – which is always helpful when you’re surrounded by potentially dangerous sharks.

The Perfect Lenses for the Job

Shark photography works best when you have the correct lenses. Ideally, you’ll want to use a wide-angle lens,

The Power of Professional Photos in Building Your Brand

Creating an image or brand for your product is important if your goal is to build awareness among consumers and achieve success. Conceptualizing a brand can be easy, but exposing it to the buying public involves a long process. Professional photography is one of the best ways to establish a brand.

What is Branding?

A brand refers to the image of a product or company. It acts as the identification of whatever product you are trying to promote or sell. A brand is the first and last thing that consumers take note of and remember. For example, a well-made logo can help consumers easily identify a company. Product slogans have the same effect, too. Aside from logos and slogans, brands can also be names, symbols, designs or any unique identifying feature of a product.

When you use your brand and market it to consumers to help create awareness, what you are doing is branding. This is used not only for the buying public to recognize or familiarize the product, but also to establish a standard and reputation that will become synonymous with the company. In today’s Internet-crazy world, branding is as important as the food we eat

Essential Wedding Photography Tips

A wedding is a special event that marks a vital transition in the life of lovers, and so documenting its proceedings should come with a great deal of care and accuracy.

1. Expect the unexpected

One of the things as a photographer you need to learn is that things could go wrong any time and this could in some way form the best moment. All you need to do is to embrace the event with an open mind and a flexible eye so as to capture moments as they come not as your fixed plan says you should do.

2. Have fun

A wedding is an event that is all about celebrating, so you should not be left behind while the rest will be enjoying themselves. Having fun allows you to be relaxed and this increases your confidence and accuracy level.

3. Set continuous shooting mode

Events proceed quickly at some point and this where you need to capture the drama as it unfolds. To achieve the goal easily, you should use continuous shooting mode, which allows you to capture as many photos as possible within a short time span.


The Best Way to Take Fireworks Photos

Whether you’re on the beach or at a baseball game, if you’re planning to capture some awesome fireworks photos this summer, be sure to check out this simple guide to shutter speed, gear, ISO and aperture before you head out.

For a more comprehensive education on the secrets of exposure, lighting and lenses, consider taking NYIP’s complete professional photography course.

Shutter Speed:

From the second it’s launched from the ground until the moment the sparks really begin to fade, the explosion of a firework takes some time. That being said, you need to be careful when selecting your exposure settings. Generally, we recommend that you should have an exposure setting of at least one full second. But often, having an exposure of even 2 seconds+ can capture awesome images. If the exposure is too short, you probably won’t catch the full burst and the firework explosion shot will look kind of pitiful and underwhelming. To get that huge colorful starburst all in one shot, 1-4 seconds is the way to go.


The type of camera you choose to work with will also inevitably effect the shots you’ll achieve. It’s super easy to adjust