Video Lessons in Photography

Aperture Priority Mode

The Aperture Priority mode is useful when the depth of field is more important than the time of exposure. This mode allows the user to choose a specific aperture size (F Number) while the...

Depth of Field

In this photo one can see that not everything in front of the camera is in focus. In fact, the only thing in focus is the glass door with rain drops on it. Beyond...

Rear Curtain Sync

This is a Flash technique that is done in low light conditions. The shutter has 2 curtains, called the First curtain and the Second curtain (Also called the Front and Rear curtains). When the...

Exposure Bracketing

You can set your camera to take a series of frames at different exposures so that you can eventually choose the one with the right amount of exposure. This technique is called exposure bracketing....

Focus Bracketing

Focus bracketing allows the photographer to take photographs focused at various focus points. While there are in-camera options to perform exposure bracketing and flash bracketing, there are no in-camera options to perform focus bracketing....

Bulb Mode Photography

When you are photographing in very low light conditions (say moonlight night over the pastures) you will need to have a very long exposure to gather enough light on your sensor. To do this,...

HDR High Dynamic Range

When you look at a frame that has a bright region and a dark region, the eye adjusts itself locally such that you see details both in the bright and dark areas. However, a...

Landscape with Blue-N-Gold filter

Adam Barker of MasterPhotoWorkshops demonstrates an interesting usage of the Singh Ray Blue-N-Gold filter and a reverse graduated neutral density filter in creating some amazing effects in landscape photography. The Gold-N-Blue polarizer gives the...

Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark (1940 – 2015) was an American photographer known for her photojournalism, documentary photography, portraiture, and advertising[ photography. She photographed people who were “away from mainstream society and toward its more interesting,...

Steve McCurry

American photojournalist best known for his photograph, “Afghan Girl” that originally appeared in National Geographic magazine. Steve McCurry’s career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled areas...

Sebastiao Salgado

“It is a great honor for me to be compared to Henri Cartier-Bresson…But I believe there is a very big difference in the way we put ourselves inside the stories we photograph. He always...

Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The only thing which completely was an amazement to me and brought me to photography was the work of Munkacsi. When I saw the photograph of Munkacsi of the black kids running in a...

Lensbaby

Lensbaby lens system allows a photographer to combine the selective focus look of a tilt shift lens with the unpredictable look of a plastic lens. Unlike most other conventional lenses, this lens system can...

Michael Kenna

“Getting photographs is not the most important thing. For me it’s the act of photographing. It’s enlightening, therapeutic and satisfying, because the very process forces me to connect with the world. When you make...

White Balance

As the name suggests, white balancing essentially means making a white colored object appear white irrespective of the color of the ambient (including flash) light under which it is photographed. White balancing is particularly...

Extension Tubes

Before buying an expensive macro lenses for high magnification close up photography, it is advisable to get a feel for macro photography by using (1) macro filters,  (2) extension tubes, or (3) reversed lens...

Cokin Filters

A Cokin Filter system comprises of three main components : (1) Cokin Lens Adapter Ring (2) Cokin Multi Filter Holder, and (3) Cokin Filters (Choose one or more from Cokin Neutral Density Filters, Graduated...

Soft Focus

In photography, there is a way of deliberately adding the effect of spherical aberration such that the resulting photograph will have the appearance of blurring while still retaining sharp edges. Soft focus is used...

Close Up Filters (Macro Filters or Diopters)

Instead of buying an expensive Macro lens, one might be able to buy what are known as close up filters or macro filters. These filters work like magnifying glasses and can be mounted in...

Finding the right moment

This photograph was taken after a short spell of early morning snow. As the snow melted, small droplets of water started forming beneath the wet branches of the trees.  The photograph was taken with...

Geotagging Your Photographs

For photographers who need to document the location where a particular photograph was shot (latitude, longitude and altitude) there is a great tool that when attached to the camera can add the location information...

ISO or Film Speed

ISO or Film speed controls the sensitivity of the sensor to the incident light. Higher the ISO, more sensitive is the sensor. In low light conditions or in very fast shutter speeds or small...

Lenses for Portrait Photography

The 50 mm prime lens is one of the most common and most prized lenses used by portrait photographers. The price of these 50 mm lenses vary widely depending on the maximum aperture size...

Program Mode

In this mode, the camera chooses the shutter speed and the aperture value based on the camera’s judgement of a satisfactory exposure value (EV) while the photographer can choose many of the other options...

Manual Mode

The manual mode allows the photographer to change (1) shutter speed (2) aperture value and (3) ISO independent of one another. A high shutter speed is used in action and sports photography to freeze...

Shutter Priority Mode

The Shutter Priority mode is useful when the time of exposure is more important than the depth of field. This mode allows the user to choose a specific shutter speed while the camera adjusts...

Flash Bracketing

You can set your camera to take a series of frames at different flash intensities so that you can eventually choose the one with the right amount of exposure. This technique is called flash...

Photographer’s Speak

National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones talks about how to see the extraordinary in things that apparently look ordinary. It is about finding the right moment, right angle, the right perspective. Change your perspective and...

Rule of Thirds

Often known as the rule of the thirds, it is often useful to ‘off-center’ the subject. In that way the viewer looks for more elements in the photograph. If the subject is centered, a...

Use a Well Balanced Frame

It is important to recognize that the subject of the photograph is held in perspective if the elements surrounding the subject are properly posed. Photographers will position themselves so that the field of view...