A Photographer's Guide to Color Theory

Photography, at its core, is a visual language that communicates through light, composition, and color. Understanding color theory and its application in photography can elevate a photographer's work from good to extraordinary, making it crucial for photographers who wish to deepen their connection with their audience and enhance their creative expression.

A Review of the New and Impressive Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens

Sigma continues to impress, and the new 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports lens is no stranger to that trend, offering a ton of reach for users like sports and wildlife photographers. This fantastic video review takes a deep look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

Essential Tips to Jumpstart Your Photography Business

Navigating the early stages of a photography business is fraught with potential missteps that can significantly slow down progress. This fantastic video tutorial addresses these common pitfalls and offers invaluable advice for beginners, aiming to fast-track their success and avoid common obstacles that can hinder growth.

Why I Won't Use Certain Brands for Paid Work

It’s not that I hate Godox or that I am paid by a different lighting brand to hate Godox every month. It is simply that when it comes to producing professional work, their lights are just not fit for the job. Here is why I will not use Godox for professional work.

Could You Force Yourself to Use Just This One Lens?

As a landscape photographer who is addicted to the big vista, I have often wondered just how hard or easy it would be to force myself to only use one lens, and that lens being the 70-200mm. The versatility of this lens is fantastic, and many of you will know this already. However, the best thing about having my 70-200mm is that it's always in my bag and ready to be deployed whenever I need it, but what if I were only to have this lens?

First Look at The Sony 24-50mm f/2.8 G Lens

Sony just announced the new 24-50mm f/2.8 G lens, and I’ve been able to use it for a few weeks now. Does this unique focal range deserve a space in your camera bag?

Navigating the Ups and Downs: A Photographer's Guide to Handling Rejection

Rejection in photography, much like in any other aspect of life, is inevitable and often necessary for growth. This video addresses this universal experience, offering insights and strategies for photographers to handle rejection constructively. Understanding and embracing rejection is crucial, not just for the development of a photographer's technical skills, but also for their personal growth and resilience in a highly competitive field.

Fujifilm Instax SQ40 Versus Instax SQ6: Which Should You Buy?

Fujifilm Instax cameras are the most popular instant cameras, offering a range of sizes from mini to wide, providing plenty of options. My favorite format is the Instax square film, and with the release of the new Instax SQ40, we conducted a comparison against the SQ6 to determine the best square format instant camera.

How Much Editing Is Too Much for Your Landscape Photos?

Within the genre of landscape photography, there is often debate about how much editing is too much. When does the photograph go from natural to manipulated? Does it even matter? How much editing is too much for your photos?

A Look at the New Venus Optics Laowa 10mm f/2.8 Zero-D FF Autofocus Lens

Venus Optics is respected for making some of the photography market's most interesting lenses, and the new Laowa 10mm f/2.8 Zero-D FF Autofocus continues that trend by offering and ultra-wide focal length in tandem with a wide aperture. This great video review takes a look at the new lens for landscape usage and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

The Ultimate Budget Full-Frame Camera of 2024

Whenever someone asks me what camera they should buy, I am shown a ton of triple-digit-D versions. Unfortunately, entry-level cameras are nowhere near as good as full-frame equivalents. Full frame doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s a cheap full frame camera you can buy in 2024.

The Art of Focusing on Your Subject

Mastering photography extends beyond understanding shutter speeds and apertures; it's about capturing the essence of your subject. Whether it's a gourmet dish or a breathtaking landscape, the true art lies in making the subject shine, a principle that every photographer should embrace.

Wake Up and Get Out of Your Funk

Wake up, get out of your funk, and do something new. Those are words that I say to myself quite often, and if we are all being honest, we all say them to ourselves often too, and if not, then we should. Why, you may ask? Because if you don’t, then you will either continue to be stuck in a rut or you will be, unknowingly, damaging our potential for growth and overall satisfaction.

Transform Your Photos with Lightroom's Split Toning

Lightroom has some advanced tools for realizing your creative vision, split toning being one of the most useful for landscape photographers. This fantastic video tutorial demonstrates how Lightroom's split toning tools can significantly enhance an image's visual appeal, offering a practical guide on adding depth and contrast to photos.

The Essential Guide to Lighting Patterns for Stunning Portraits

Understanding and mastering lighting patterns is a critical skill for any photographer focusing on portraiture. This great video breaks down five primary lighting patterns and their storytelling purposes, offering invaluable insights for photographers looking to elevate their portrait work.

A Review of the New Sony FE 24-50mm f/2.8 G Lens

The new Sony FE 24-50mm f/2.8 G offers users useful focal lengths in a compact package. This great video review takes a look at the new lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in usage.

A Review of the New Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens

Sigma's new 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports lens promises users a ton of reach suitable for genres like sports, wildlife, and more, making it an intriguing option for many users. This great video review takes a look at the new lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in usage.

Apple Vision Pro for Photographers: How Useful?

The Apple Vision Pro is all over the news lately. It's an expensive $3,500 wear-on-your-head device that offers augmented reality, virtual reality, and what Apple calls "Spatial Computing." (That's just the base price. Adding memory and prescription lenses adds to your ticket.)

A Review of the New Venus Optics Laowa 10mm f/2.8 Zero-D FF Autofocus Lens

Venus Optics, well known for producing some of the most unique and innovative lenses out there, recently announced the Laowa 10mm f/2.8 Zero-D FF Autofocus lens, offering an extremely wide focal length in tandem with a wide aperture and autofocus, making it desirable for many different users. This excellent video review takes a look at the new lens and the sort of performance and image quality you'll be able to expect from it in practice.

Don't Buy the Hype: The Dome Attachment Mystery Solved!

There is a war going on in the lighting community: To dome or not to dome? Does the recessed front make a difference? Are the flat-front lights not usable anymore? Well, having had the privilege of owning a number of lighting variants, I did rigorous testing to settle the debate once and for all.

A Review of the New Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports Lens

The new Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports lens offers users extreme reach with the promise of exceptional results. This excellent video review takes a look at the new lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in usage.

A Review of the New Sigma 15mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Lens

The new Sigma 15mm f/1.4 DG DN Art continues the company's tradition of offering top-level optics at competitive prices. What can you expect from this unique new lens? This excellent video review takes a look.

Why Is This Newly Released Zoom With a Gargantuan Reach Causing a Stir?

Sometimes I am sent lenses to test, and I can’t wait to send them back. Others stay attached to my camera for as long as possible before they are returned. What I chose to do with this 150-600mm lens took me by utter surprise, and there is good reason why it is making a mark.

Elevate Your Photography Skills with These Pro Tips

The significance of diversifying one’s photography practice cannot be overstated, offering valuable lessons and skill enhancements across various genres. This helpful video tutorial focuses on practical advice that transcends the conventional wisdom of merely capturing sunsets or the oft-repeated general tips scattered across the internet.

Exploring the Real Impact of Camera Upgrades on Your Photography Business

Understanding the economics of camera upgrades and their impact on a photographer's business model is critical, especially in the professional realm. This helpful video essay addresses this topic head-on, shedding light on a common misconception among photographers about the relationship between new equipment and client charges.

AI-Generated Videos Just Changed Forever

It doesn't feel like long ago that we were blown away by the results of AI-generated photography, because it was only last year. Video seemed like it was quite far off, and yet, here we are with what I'd call "terrifyingly good," out of nowhere.
Practical Solutions for Common Beginner Photography Challenges

Capturing the perfect photo is often seen as a blend of art and science, fraught with challenges that can make or break a shot. Understanding the myriad reasons why photos fail is crucial for photographers looking to improve their craft and achieve consistent results. This fantastic video tutorial features an experienced photographer sharing some useful advice to help you approve.

Why I Don't Take My Camera With Me Anymore: EDC in 2024

As professional photographers, we carry around a bunch of stuff. I can easily rock up to a shoot with way too much kit for the job. My daily carry-around equipment is quite different, though. Let's talk about some of the must-carry items.

Will We See Another Major Canon Camera This Year?

Most gear enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Canon EOS R1 and EOS R5 Mark II, and while those will certainly be some of the most important cameras to come along in a while, Canon might have another crucial camera waiting in the wings.

A Complete Guide to Mastering Lightroom Masking (Part 1)

There are a lot of great tools available for editing, and my favorite techniques tend to have large impacts for little effort. Lightroom's masking tool does this better than anything else I've ever used. This guide will teach you everything you could possibly want to know about Lightroom masking regardless of your skill level.

Essential Tips for Landscape Photo Compositions

Effective composition is a linchpin in the creation of compelling photographs, distinguishing memorable images from mere snapshots. This fantastic video dives into the topic and offers some practical advice.

The Difference Between Good and Great Photos

The distinction between a good photo and a great photo is nuanced but significant, touching on the heart of what makes photography an art form. This fantastic video takes a look at the distinction and how it can help us improve.

The Creative Power of Constraint

Exploring familiar territories with a fresh perspective can often feel like a daunting challenge for photographers. Yet, it's this very pursuit of novelty within the well-trodden that can breathe new life into one's work, pushing the boundaries of creativity and observation.

Unlocking the Light: Transforming Good Photos Into Great Ones

Photography, at its core, is about capturing light, yet this fundamental aspect is often overlooked in the quest for the perfect subject. This fantastic video dives into this topic, emphasizing the importance of understanding and utilizing light to transform good photographs into outstanding ones.

The Premium Compact King Is Back! Fujifilm X100VI Preview

The successor to the worldwide popular, and rightfully so, Fujifilm X100V has finally been revealed! The new X100VI brings forth some very welcome features while staying true to what made the X100 lineup great. We’ve used it for a while and loved it! How was it? What’s new? What stayed the same? Is it worth upgrading? Will you even be able to get one?

How to Record Better Audio: We Review the Saramonic MV7000

Times when the main creative outlet for photographers was taking and editing photos are long gone. For many, recording videos plays an equally important role now. But, the creation of videos is not only about the visuals. Audio is equally important. And for it, you need a good microphone, like the Saramonic MV7000.

It's Time To Confess: Photography Nearly Broke Me

January had been a difficult month for me. I was shooting a lot less, and as a result, I had a ton of time to think about my career and my direction. I ended up in a fairly bad place with my mental health. Like almost every other artist, I ended up hating much of what I do. Here's why it sucks being a photographer, and what you can do about it.

Easy Tips to Keep Your Camera Gear Clean

I'm a bit of a neat freak when it comes to my gear. Anyone who has bought any of my used gear has usually told me it looks like new, save for maybe by the tripod mount, which I usually attach a plate to while I'm camped out by lighthouses.

How Shallow DOF Just Might Ruin Your Photography

Why are photographers obsessed with shallow depth of field? And why I think it can ruin your photography as it almost did with mine. Read on about how it started to affect my photography and what I did about it.

Exploring Scenes in Landscape Photography

Landscape photographers often speak about the advantages of scouting locations, but a certain creative energy can be lost with too much pre-planning. In this video, we follow along as a landscape photographer explores an area which has some benefits and downsides.

Using Honeycomb Grids for Precision Lighting

Honeycomb grids are a fantastic tool for taking your lighting to the next level. They offer precision and control that can transform an image's mood and focus.

How to Grow as a Photographer

Becoming a skilled photographer is a journey that requires dedication, practice, and a willingness to learn and grow. Whether you're just starting out or looking to take your photography to the next level, there are several key steps you can take to develop your skills and expand your creative horizons. Let’s explore some of the most effective strategies for growing as a photographer, which have helped my own personal journey.