Tutorials — Photography Tips

Cleaning your camera’s sensor can seem like a daunting task, but in all reality, it is pretty straightforward. Learning how to do it yourself can save you money and time without your camera. I would advise taking extreme care when carrying out these tasks since damaging the sensor can result in expensive repairs, but with that being said, let’s get started.  To start...
If you're anything like the millions of people that make a list of resolutions in honor of the new year, then you're probably also familiar with buying a gym membership, faithfully working out everyday for a week and quickly losing motivation all together. We all know the feeling, so why don't you give yourself the opportunity to set a New...
It’s all too often people ask me to put my camera down and join the party. I get that stink eye on many occasions when I plop myself in the corner of a campsite, drag my cooler within reaching distance, and point my camera towards the night sky. Friends wouldn’t at first, but then start to realize that they were...
This past weekend we announced the winner of the Dave Black Lightpainting Instagram contest, which was Phill Monson, a very talented outdoor landscape photographer.  Phill's work spans desolate land and seascapes to foreign cityscapes from across the globe.  One of Phill's many adventures took him to the beautifully romantic city of London, England where he sought out to create a...
Shootipedia is the best place to share, find, and rate the perfect photo shoot location. Fueled by professional and amateur photographers from around the world, the Shootipedia community is growing rapidly as well as the locations submitted and shared. Finding locations from your desktop is easy! Shootipedia started a little over a year ago to fill a huge need in...
Getting perfect focus and depth of field is something that has long frustrated landscape photographers. Back in the old days of film you had to rely on an in-depth understanding of the theory of focal lengths, apertures, and hyper-focal distances. Then, after you'd dialed in your compositions and settings you'd squint through the viewfinder, hold down the depth of field...
We all love a good cheat sheet, especially if it makes shooting in difficult situations a little easier. Sometimes it's hard to think quickly in those stressful situations where nothing is working right; the lighting is terrible, you can't find the right aperture for the shot, and you're down-right struggling. Infographs have become an easy, go-to reminder for those photographers...
Early this morning, the moon took on an uncanny blood-red glow as the moon passed through the darkest point of the Earth’s shadow. For those of us in North and South America, the first eclipse of this four-part tetrad was pretty spectacular. So spectacular that our pictureline employees couldn’t help but break out those cameras and get to shooting. "Blood...
As an aeronautical engineer and landscape photographer, Matthew Kuhns knows a thing or two about the forces of nature—especially how light and other natural factors play into when and how to take a photograph. Matthew is often asked the question: "Should that location be photographed in the morning or evening? And why not during the middle of the day?" On...
Landscape photography is a very popular "genre" of photography, and it’s not a surprise. Who doesn’t enjoy being somewhere beautiful, majestic, or even surreal, and also having the opportunity to make a photograph of that place at the same time? Skill, expertise, experience and location are, of course, important elements to making a great landscape photograph, but we wouldn’t be...
The histogram is one of the most important tools we have on our digital cameras and in our processing software. A histogram is a bar graph of the intensity of the light absorbed by the sensor in a digital image file. Like any bar graph, it can be read both vertically and horizontally. The horizontal axis spans the range of...
"Magic Hour"—sounds like the next great soon-to-be-has-been tween punk band. But, it’s actually much more than that. The magic hour is your most valuable cohort in creating imagery that earns keeper status and stays out of the trash bin. Interestingly enough, this elusive "magic hour" can be more like a magic minute at times, or can extend to a magic...