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Review of the Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD Zoom Lens

Review of the Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC HLD Zoom Lens

Tamron has been specializing in super-zoom lenses for the last few years. You may be familiar with their 16-300mm, 18-270mm or 150-600mm lenses. Their newest super-zoom is an even more astonishing focal length, the Tamron 18-400mm. I recently had a chance to review this lens for a few weeks so I thought I’d give you […]

Are Photographers Artists? Let’s Discuss

Are Photographers Artists? Let’s Discuss

I took this image while on a trip out west to the Grand Teton Mountains and Yellowstone National Park with my family and about 50 other people. We were driving towards our next lodge, past the mountains and the Snake River where we would be rafting the next morning when I became rather fascinated with […]

How to Use Framing in an Urban Environment

How to Use Framing in an Urban Environment

Photographers have long developed different classifications to pair with the design and execution of a photograph – lines, shape, texture, light, framing, contrast, just to name a few. For example, leading lines appeal to a viewer’s natural tenancy to trace line into a photograph. Sharp lines are used to grab attention and organic lines create […]

How to Shoot Engaging Travel Portraits from Start to Finish

How to Shoot Engaging Travel Portraits from Start to Finish

I love travel portraits. Not only do they test your photography skills but also challenge you to interact with people in unfamiliar environments. The end result directly reflects your subject’s personality along with your ability to make them feel at ease, read the light, select optimal settings, and compose a great shot. A boy named […]

Weekly Photography Challenge – Blue Hour

Weekly Photography Challenge – Blue Hour

Blue hour is the time of day after sunset (and just before sunrise) when the sky still has some color it and it’s not pure black. This is the number one tip for shooting night photography – don’t shoot at night! If you want a dark, deep blue sky – shoot at blue hour. This […]

How to Shoot High-Traffic Locations Creatively

How to Shoot High-Traffic Locations Creatively

The experience of the hustle and bustle that comes from shooting in high-traffic, highly photographed areas is a pain that most photographers know all too well. People can be packed into overlooks and pull-offs with hardly even room to stand let alone set up a tripod. It seems as if everyone is trying to get […]

How to Shoot in Manual Mode Cheat Sheet for Beginners

How to Shoot in Manual Mode Cheat Sheet for Beginners

The “Manual Photography Cheat Sheet-Reloaded” by The London School of Photography is a clean-cut, visual way of showing you how to step-up your photography game from automatic to manual shooting. Not only does shooting in Manual Mode enable you to produce sharp well-composed imagery – but you’ll also gain a stronger understanding of the inner […]

Field Test and Thoughts: Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens

Field Test and Thoughts: Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens

Ask any experienced photographer what his or her all around go-to lens is, and odds are high that the response will be the 24-70mm f/2.8. Not only does it cover a useful range, but the fast aperture makes it ideal for shooting in low lighting conditions when you don’t have a prime lens handy. The […]

5 Tips for Mastering Shadows in Your Photography

5 Tips for Mastering Shadows in Your Photography

Walking into a dimly lit room can be a photographer’s worse nightmare. Dark walls, low lighting, and weird shadows are enough to give even the calmest photographer a case of anxiety. Does this sound familiar? It did to me when I was first starting out and claimed to be a natural light photographer. Because let’s […]

6 Tips for Mastering Your Lenses

6 Tips for Mastering Your Lenses

Most photographers have a favorite lens (you can read about mine here), maybe even two or three. But do you know how to get the best out of that lens? I’ve used lots of lenses over the years. As a result, I know that it takes time to get to know a lens, and longer […]

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