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There are probably a hundred reasons why you should invest in a tripod. I am not going to detail ...

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Even with a wide angle lens you need to realize that there is no way that you can shoot a wide ...

Rajib Mukherjee September 23, 2015

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Rajib Mukherjee December 21, 2015

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Rajib Mukherjee September 26, 2014

Don’t copy the masters’ style blindly, create your own style

Growing up as photographers one of the biggest source of guidance are the works created by already ...

Rajib Mukherjee September 8, 2015

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I am a photographer who loves making photos of people and places. So every now and then I pack my ...

Rajib Mukherjee May 29, 2015

Working with the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

One of the least understood aspects of photography is color correction. Even experienced ...

Ben Novoselsky January 7, 2016

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Apart from portraiture, product photography is one of those few genres which can provide a steady ...

Rajib Mukherjee June 23, 2014

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Ben Novoselsky October 24, 2016

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Rajib Mukherjee May 17, 2015

An Introduction to Simple Post Processing in Adobe Lightroom

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Rajib Mukherjee August 6, 2016

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Using the Dehaze feature on Adobe Lightroom

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Ben Novoselsky August 12, 2016

About Flash Sync Speed Limitations and How to Work Around It

We often hear about flash sync speed and how we normally cannot use a flash to sync at extremely ...

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Rajib Mukherjee October 10, 2014

An introduction to creating timelapse videos

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Rajib Mukherjee May 1, 2017

Wedding Photography – the History of the Genre

The history of recording a wedding dates back to a time long before photography came about. The ...

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Ben Novoselsky September 21, 2014

Using Circular Polarizing Filter (a C-PL Filter)

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Rajib Mukherjee March 3, 2017

A Beginner’s Guide to Shoot Environmental Portraits

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Rajib Mukherjee April 23, 2015

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Ben Novoselsky December 25, 2015

Shooting videos with your digital SLR – An Introduction

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Ben Novoselsky October 27, 2014

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Ben Novoselsky March 23, 2016

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Ben Novoselsky April 2, 2016

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Understanding camera metering modes

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Ben Novoselsky August 18, 2014

Everything You Wanted To Know About Neutral Density Filters

Neutral density filters are primarily used for balancing exposures. By balancing exposure, I mean ...

Rajib Mukherjee April 19, 2016

Choosing the Best Travel Photography Lens

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Rajib Mukherjee December 29, 2015

Post Processing a Child Portrait in Lightroom

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Ben Novoselsky September 12, 2014

The Basic Rules of Photography and Common Mistakes

Everyone, even professionals, makes mistakes, although their mistakes are rare and usually caused ...

Ben Novoselsky June 5, 2015

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The Uses of ND Filters in Landscape Photography

Often, amateur landscape photographers tend to have lots of issues trying to balance an exposure in ...

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In the overall history of camera technology image stabilization is a rather recent development. ...

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Your camera comes with three handy metering systems. If you are using a Canon system camera yours ...

Ben Novoselsky August 6, 2014

Auto Exposure Bracketing: Everything You Wanted to Know


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If you are just starting out in digital photography, you have probably never heard about auto exposure bracketing (AEB). If you are an enthusiast photographer, probably you have heard about this but never quite mastered the concept to use it with confidence. Regardless of your expertise in digital photography this article can help you master an extremely important feature of your DSLR, i.e.; auto exposure bracketing (AEB).

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Ben Novoselsky June 29, 2017

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Ben Novoselsky April 6, 2017

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Ben Novoselsky May 11, 2015

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Ben Novoselsky April 22, 2016

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Rajib Mukherjee July 1, 2016

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It’s official! Hasselblad is the world’s first medium format mirrorless camera. After months of ...

Rajib Mukherjee July 4, 2016

Post-Processing an Image in Black and White

Imagine photography sans color. It is unthinkable. Ever since we started our journey in photography ...

Rajib Mukherjee September 7, 2014

Understanding the Basics of a Good Exposure

Exposure is the key concept that governs all forms of photography where light in some form or the ...

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Last week, the much awaited Canon 5D Mark IV made its debut. The rumor mills have been abuzz for ...

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A basic 7 step post-processing routine for landscape photos

In this article we shall go through a basic 7 step post processing routine that I personally follow ...

Ben Novoselsky August 3, 2014

5 Useful Tips for Making Great Images in Low Light

Cameras like the Canon 5D Mark III and the Nikon D3X have completely changed the playing field when ...

Rajib Mukherjee August 28, 2015

Getting to Know Your Camera Lens

The optical piece of equipment that sits in front of your camera is the single most important piece ...

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Understanding ISO, the least understood of the three exposure parameters

If you look at the main aspects that govern exposure, you would obviously realize that there are ...

Rajib Mukherjee September 6, 2016

Basic Real Estate Photo Tips

The following real estate photo tips will help you to get started as a professional photographer. ...

Ben Novoselsky May 14, 2017

Survey of Photo Contests by Industry

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Rajib Mukherjee July 11, 2017

Camera Settings Presets for Shooting Different Scenes

Camera settings presets are a combination of buttons and dials that can be used to recall a ...

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Rajib Mukherjee January 2, 2016

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Best Metering Mode for Landscape, Portrait, Wedding Photography

One of the most fundamental aspects of photography is to meter a scene. Metering denotes measuring ...

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Rajib Mukherjee March 31, 2016

Post-Processing Tips to Improve Average Photos

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Rajib Mukherjee July 5, 2014

Nothing that Photoshop Can’t Handle

Photoshop is an amazing tool. For some it is the only post processing tool that they would ever ...

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