5 Ways to Boost Autofocus with Whatever Gear You Own (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
6d ago
Simply put, if you miss accurate focus you miss the shot, no matter how compelling the scene or the subject. In this tutorial from the Wildlife in Focus YouTube channel you'll learn a handful of proven techniques for getting the job done every time. Focusing speed and precision varies among different cameras and lenses, and the five tips below will greatly improve your odds of success—regardless of the gear you use and whether you're a beginner or a more advanced shooter. Instructor Adrien Coquelle is a French wildlife photographer, but the advice he provides is applicable to other genres as ..read more
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What's the BEST Camera Sensor Size for YOU? Bigger Isn't Always Better (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
6d ago
The world of photography offers a wide array of camera systems, each designed to cater to different needs and budgets. And one of the key considerations is choosing a model with a sensor size that works best for your style of photography. Some photographers are under a misconception that bigger sensors and full-frame cameras are always the optimum choice, but this tutorial from instructor Jalen Oban will likely change your mind. In barely six minutes he discusses the pros and cons of full-frame, crop-sensor, and medium format cameras so you can choose what you really need versus what you want ..read more
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SHARP PHOTOS in All Situations with This Pro Focus Technique (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
1w ago
Photographers often struggle to consistently attain fast and precise focus, sometimes getting it right while failing on other occasions. If that sounds like you, todays tutorial will set you free by demonstrating a pro technique that that's easy enough for anyone to employ . The topic of conversation is what's known as Back Button Focus (BBF)—popular among pros but often ignored by less experienced shooters. The beauty of this versatile method is that it always delivers the goods, whether you're shooting landscapes, wildlife photos, street scenes, or even environmental portraits. Instructor P ..read more
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Camera Settings Checklist: Optimize Your Setup Now (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
2w ago
When photographers use the term "workflow" they're usually referring to the process they use when editing their photos, but there's another essential workflow to consider that doesn’t get as much attention. And that's the shooting workflow that relies upon key camera settings to capture the best possible images in the field The video below provides what is essentially a camera-settings checklist that can significantly enhance your photography experience by making sure that your camera is properly configured for the types of images you shoot. Landscape photographer Jalen Oban begin this episod ..read more
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Depth of Field: What You Don't Know is Holding You Back (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
3w ago
The thoughtful use of depth-of-field (DOF) techniques is a key component of every image you capture. And this holds true for landscapes with maximum sharpness throughout the frame, portraits with soft backgrounds, and clean street scenes with a minimum of clutter. Do it right and you have a successful image but make a mistake and the photo will suffer. This tutorial from John Gress takes a deep dive into this oft-ignored and frequently misunderstood topic that can quickly make or break a shot. Gress is a successful commercial photographer whose work has been used by some of America's largest ..read more
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How Many Megapixels Do You Need & How Many Are Too Much? (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
2M ago
The two questions in the headline above have been debated for years, and the queries keep coming as new high-res cameras continue to be introduced with no apparent slowdown in sight. There's no one correct answer to either question, because it all depends upon the type of photos you shoot, how you typically use them, and a number of other key considerations. There are several very helpful guidelines for those anticipating the purchase of a new camera, as you'll see in this 13-minute video from the Adorama TV YouTube channel. This revealing discussion was prompted by a question posted on the A ..read more
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Camera Basics: When & How to Use Scene Modes in Unfamiliar Situations (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
2M ago
We recently featured a tutorial from the Great Big Photography World explaining why you may want to experiment with a camera's Program mode even if you're not a beginner. The episode below, discussing the convenience of Scene modes, is another installment in their series exploring the various options on your camera's mode dial. If you watched the earlier tutorial you'll notice how Scene modes are similar to the Program mode, in that shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are all set automatically. But here's the big difference: When a scene mode is selected, and there are several options from which ..read more
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Crop Photos Without Losing Part of an Image with Photoshop's Content Aware Tool
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by Ron Leach
2M ago
How many times have you cropped an image, say to straighten a crooked horizon, only to discovered that in doing so you've sacrificed a vital part of the shot? Well that's unavoidable when using Photoshop's basic crop tool. But as you'll see in today's tutorial from The Dream Life Photography channel, there's  better way  to get the job done with the entire image intact by employing Photoshop's easy-to-use Content Aware Crop tool. And the technique takes barely three minutes to explain. Instructor Tom Woods is a professional editorial photographer who regularly shares his secrets on ..read more
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Don't Spoil Photos with Excessive Editing (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
3M ago
Whether you process images in Lightroom, Photoshop, or another full-featured editor, it's difficult not to get carried away by all the capabilities available. But sometimes you'll achieve much better results by restraining yourself and taking a subtle approach so that you don't ruin photos by giving them an "over-cooked" look. In this 10-minute tutorial from Adorama TV, you'll learn why it often pays off when you avoid making too many adjustments, so that your images retain a realistic appearance. In other words, you can save time and effort while achieving more impressive photos if you follo ..read more
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Do YOU Need a Full-Frame Camera? Watch This Before Making the Leap (VIDEO)
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by Ron Leach
4M ago
There's a lot of hype about the "superiority" of full-frame cameras these days, and it's important to separate the marketing chatter from the difference in sensor size as pertains to your particular style of photography. If you're thinking about "stepping up" we encourage you to watch this video before making the switch. Instructor Vlad Manea is a Romanian pro based in Germany whose straightforward tutorials are geared toward novices and evolving photographers. In this episode he explores a variety of sensors sizes so you can make an informed choice on an upgrade—or keep the camera you alread ..read more
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