Use These 5 Elements to Compose Great Photographs

Composing a great photograph can be done in so many different ways that it seems more logical to talk about “guides” to composition rather than “rules” of composition. We have covered several compositional elements of photography previously such as the photographer’s rule of thirds and the s-curve, but let’s move on to some other less […]

Light Stalking Photography Group Competition!

It’s time for another competition! First to the important part – the prizes!!! 1st Place – A Copy of Alien Skin’s Bokeh 2 Software and a Bokeh Master’s Kit (Value: $224) These prizes will give you everything you need to become a master of bokeh photography. The kit has you covered for producing brilliant effect […]

Ten Tips for Shooting Studio Portraits

Studio work is nearly the exact opposite from location shooting, especially for portraits.  With location portrait shoots, the focus is easily on the person posing, but the surrounding elements also contribute to the final product.  Also, the studio presents some more challenging lighting situations, as the photographer needs to create the light, rather than modify […]

Photographs That Use Smoke to Enhance Composition

Photographing smoke can often be a tricky endeavor as it can throw up all sorts of weird exposure problems. On the upside, however, it can really be used nicely to enhance the composition of a photograph. These photos all use smoke in some way to enhance the composition of the image. Whether it is to […]

Landscape Photography For the Serious Amateur

This is a guest post by New Zealand landscape photographer, Chris Gin. Some of you might recognise images from Chris’ Flickr stream that we have used in our collections before. I’ve been into landscape photography for a couple of years now. It’s a fantastic hobby and hugely rewarding, but also has a bit of a […]

5 Simple Tips to Help You Achieve Great Bokeh

Bokeh with an interesting background

This is a guest post by New Jersey wedding photographer, Julianne Markow. Check out her photography blog here too. Bokeh is something that makes non photographers say to you “Wow, that is an amazing photograph,” and the professionals tend to agree with them. The definition of bokeh is simply “blur” and comes from the Japanese […]

These Macro Moths Will Stun You

If you’ve ever sat outside on a porch at night in the summer, you’ve no doubt seen moths come fluttering to the light.  Similar to, but not part of the butterfly family, there are thought to be over 250,000 different types of moths.  From a photography standpoint, moths can be one of the hardest insects […]