Tutorials to get you skilled

Extremely Essential Camera Skills
Incredibly Important Composition Skills
Super Photo Editing Skills
Simple Wedding Photography
Really Easy Retouching
Awesome Album Design Skills
Before / After
Before/After: Black & White
The Creativity Field Guide
Backup or Die
How We Did It: Lobster Island

12 Answers To Your Burning Questions About Shooting Raw

Who ever thought that something called raw would be so scandalous?

When we wrote the very simple article, 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Shooting RAW, we had no idea what was in store for us. Over the past couple years it’s turned into a giant, and gets the most views and comments and debates of any post on our entire site! Crazy.

And while it has helped a lot of folks learn all about shooting in the raw format, and get better quality images from their cameras, it has also opened up some questions. So today I’ll be going over some of the most frequently asked questions and hopefully filling in the gaps about shooting in the raw format.

Continue Reading →

New Tutorial: Black & White Processing with Lightroom® + A GIVEAWAY!

Hey friends!

Exciting news! We’ve just launched a brand new video tutorial that’s going to show you how to create stunning black and white photos with Lightroom®, in no time flat!

You already know how big of a difference editing can make to the look of your images.

But when it comes to editing black and whites, you need to take a different approach from when you edit in color. See, when you convert to your images to black and white, you change the dynamics of the shot.

Continue Reading →

Ongoing Review: Sony A7 + Zeiss 55mm f/1.8, & More!

We’ve been using the new Sony A7 for our day-to-day shooting for the past couple of months, and recently we made some changes that have really shown us the potential of this camera.

See, the Sony A7 is a camera that can’t be ignored. It’s a 24MP, full frame body that’s the size of many point-and-shoots. It has amazing features like an electronic viewfinder and a tilting screen (which, once you start using it, you wonder how you survived without). Here are our initial impressions on the camera itself.

At first, we were honestly a little underwhelmed with this camera. The specs blew us away, but when we started shooting with it right out of the box, the quality of the images wasn’t where we wanted it to be. One of the main concerns was the A7’s slower autofocus speed.

Continue Reading →

How To Crop Your Photos With Lightroom

Cropping your photos is a great way to improve your composition after you take the shot – it can get rid of distractions, straighten lines that were accidentally crooked, and completely shift the focus and feel of the photo.

And these days it’s easier than even to effectively crop your photos! Lightroom has some top notch tools that you can use, like overlays that let you see how the crop will fit into different grids (like the Rule of Thirds), or a preview of the image cropped at different common aspect ratios. Amazing!

So check out the video below to get the full scoop on how to crop your photos with Lightroom!

Continue Reading →

Will Lightroom Mobile Improve Your Photography Workflow?

Today Adobe announced Lightroom Mobile – an iPad app designed to be a companion for the desktop version of Adobe Lightroom.

Continue Reading →

Sony A7 Review: Is the Autofocus Too Slow?

Attempted to focus on my son’s eye…

In the first part of this ongoing review I called the new Sony A7 a “game changing camera”. Well I’ve been putting off writing this post because after further use of the camera I feel like I have to flip flop a bit on that original comment.

Continue Reading →

New Vivan Maier Website!

The discovery of Vivian Maier is one of the photography world’s most intriguing, exciting stories. If you haven’t heard of her yet, check out our post to read a bit about her mysterious discovery, and what you can learn from her!

Then take a second today and go check out the new Vivian Maier website! It’s designed to look beautiful no matter whether you’re viewing it on a desktop, tablet, or your iPhone.

The contact sheet section is particularly awesome!

Continue Reading →