A Paradox of Ultra Wide Angle Lenses: How to Use Them to Make Extraordinary Pictures

If you are a lucky owner of an ultra wide angle lens, you know that the world is so different when you look at it through a lens like this. Further still, it’s a lot different from what you imagined it to look like.

Many photographers who are planning to buy an ultra wide angle glass think that their photos—irrespective of the subject and composition—will come out looking really awesome just because of the fact that they are using an ultra wide angle. Click click and that’s it, right?

This is exactly where the paradox of ultra wide angle lenses pops up, making photographers realize that it’s not as easy as they thought. Let’s talk about it and find out all do’s and dont’s when it comes to how to use ultra wide angle lenses.

How to Make Tack Sharp Photos

Perfect image sharpness is the ultimate thing that all photographers long for. Some day you get to understand that—even when you have mastered all composition, light and color, and post-processing techniques—it all comes down to how sharp your photos are.

Soft photographs aren’t exactly what clients are looking for these days and this is why you should try to achieve extreme sharpness in all of your shots. These 10 tips that we are sharing with you below will help you understand what’s wrong with your pictures and learn how to take tack sharp photos.

Color Contrast in Photography

Every photographer who strives after perfection understands the importance of practicing daily and constantly improving their photography. But if you take it really seriously, in about a year or so the time that I like to call a slow-down phase comes. This is the moment when your photos just remain on the same level of quality irrespective of how much you practice or do to improve.

This is a pretty common phenomenon and usually it’s about making a leap from amateur to professional photography. And as a matter of course, professional photography requires you to know many advanced techniques that you can’t really learn through trial and error and may need some guiding to understand.

One of these techniques is color contrast and it’s about grasping the relationships between colors as well as learning to combine them and make them stand out in order to make your photos more powerful.

How to Take Awesome Photos of Food

Time flies really fast and the world is becoming a more developed place where every kid has a smartphone with Internet access and everyone’s on social networks. And though Instagram really helped to through the cause of photography and let people understand the beauty of certain photography genres, it definitely made things worse for other styles.

Food photography is one of them. Food is a huge part of our daily life and this is why lately there are so many photos of it—most of them being amateur and of low quality—somehow depreciating this genre.

However, often it’s important to forget all photos of food you’ve seen on Instagram and remember how beautiful, delicate, and surprising it can be if done professionally. Check out our five essential tips to learn food photography.

How to Buy a Quality Used DSLR

The technology is advancing very rapidly and dozens of new state-of-the-art cameras come out every year. By looking at the prices of the most modern models—for example, Nikon D810A body-only version costs ridiculous $3800 as of May 2016—you get to understand that you would simply not have enough money to test every new camera.

This is why buying a used DSLR may be a really good idea if you are on a tight budget but still want to have a good camera. Many photographers tend to avoid deals from the market of used cameras because a DSLR is a very sophisticated tool and there’s a lot of room for error upon choosing it.

However, it won’t be too difficult to get a quality used DSLR if you follow some general rules and your common sense. Today we will talk about how you should choose a good used camera and give you a couple of useful tips about what you should pay your attention to when buying one.

Complete Guide to Autofocus and AF Modes Part 3

If you are an enthusiast photographer, you know that autofocus and autofocus modes are one of the most difficult things in digital photography and it may take months to grasp these concepts. We already talked about autofocus types, AF points, and focus modes in Part 1 and Part 2 of our guides to AF, and today we are taking our explications further.

Learn everything about yet another AF concept which may seem confusing at first—AF Area Modes—that will help you reach perfection in focusing only on the most important in your photographs.

Photojournalism vs Studio Cameras: What Is the Difference?

Photographers make pictures for a wide variety of reasons and work in a wide range of styles. And though there are hundreds of different genres, photography is usually divided into studio photography and photojournalism. However, studio photography doesn’t necessarily mean that the photos should be taken indoors, whilst photojournalism doesn’t always have to do with journalism.

The former includes styles like portrait, fashion, model, landscape, street, wedding, event, wildlife, and product/architecture photography where quality and artistic element are more important than quantity and speed. Photojournalism is mainly about political, sports, and journalism photography where reaction and shooting speed mean a lot.

Most of professional DSLRs are designed correspondingly and have different technical characteristics and features. Let’s find out the differences between the two and learn which one suits your photography needs better.

How to Use Adjustment Brush Tool in Lightroom

And though many amateur photographers think that Lightroom is not a really powerful tool for post-processing—alas, giving all the fame to sophisticated Adobe Photoshop—it actually has everything that you will need to turn the look of your photos upside down including a couple of advanced tools.

Today we will talk about Adjustment Brush—which is one of these advanced tools—that you can use to edit certain areas of the photo by painting over them with a brush.

How to Become a Model Photographer in 5 Steps

Model photography is exciting and challenging. That is why it tempts so many photographers that work in completely different genres. But when the photographer has decided to try themselves in this mysteriously beautiful style, they usually have a lot of questions.

Where do you look for models? What is a better location for the photo shoot, a photo studio or outdoors? And how to organize the model photo shoot?

Today we will answer these and other questions about model and lookbook photography and tell you what you need to do to become a model photographer in 5 easy steps.

5 Reasons Why Your Photos Are Blurry

One of the major problems of a beginner photographer—apart from going through the challenge of changing lenses for the first time without breaking something—is that most of their photos turn out blurry for no apparent reason.

After reading numerous how-tos and tutorials about this issue on the web, photographers will most probably become even more confused than before. This happens because all these guides mention only one reason for blurred photos, which is camera shake.

However, everything is not as easy as this and the problem is a lot deeper. This is why we think we should start with explaining what blur is and then talk about the most common reasons that cause it.