These photography tips are a record of new entries to the Daily Photo Tips RSS feed since November 2007. There are currently 1567 tips in the database! Contact Me to comment or add tips.
Keep your camera gear reasonably safe, but don't worry about breaking it while you're using it. Worrying about your gear is just a distraction from creating quality photography. (First published Jan 8, 2008)
28.Feb.14IPS (In-Plane Switching) displays are generally better for viewing photography. The technology allows wider viewing angles than traditional TN displays, so colours and tones appear more consistent.
27.Feb.14Love and respect are often obvious in portraiture. No matter the level of professionalism, a bond between the photographer and subject can add a 'shine' to the final work that is impossible to duplicate.
12.Oct.13You don't need the best available computer for photography. Even the heaviest photo software is simple compared to modern computer games. A computer which is a step up from the minimum recommended by the software manufacturer will do nicely.
11.Oct.13Some laptop monitors are becoming good enough for photography editing and will accept a calibration nicely. If you're shopping for a laptop, research the percentage of your current colour space it will be capable of displaying.
06.Oct.13Inspiration does not only come from photography or art. Surround yourself with inspiring places and people, and work to be an inspiration to others. It can change your photography forever.
03.Oct.13Electronic viewfinders help a photographer get a better idea of the contrast and tonal range in the final digital photograph, since much of the same processing is used to produce the viewfinder image and the final photograph.
02.Oct.13Tiltable rear camera screens can let a photographer work with the same aspect and posture as older viewscreen medium format cameras. Especially during portrait work, some photographers preferred partial contact with the model.
01.Oct.13Many photographers prefer an optical viewfinder for its 'purer' subject view. Even though the final image will represent the subject differently, some people like to react to a scene as it appears in life.
01.Dec.11Aiming for perfection in all your work can lead to a lack of focus on the things that really matter, and a lack of 'flow' in your creative process. The final details that might lead to a perfect product take infinitely more and more time, and can cause you to stumble on your way to greatness.
30.Nov.11When using some wide angle lenses, people's faces can look distorted when placed near the corners of the frame. Other than post-processing a photograph, there is no solution other than to recompose with the faces near the centre.
29.Nov.11If you're expecting a baby, get an efficient workflow especially for baby photos in place before the little one is born. Since things could be hectic at first, a good workflow (with as many automatic options as possible) will let you still produce great photos without having to wait too long.
28.Nov.11Much light in canyons and deep valleys comes from object reflection: canyon walls, clouds and vegetation will all form the light sources for your work. These reflecting objects can colour and direct light in challenging and fascinating ways.
27.Nov.11Perfection is impossible to achieve. Know how to tell the difference between perfection and excellent work, and think of ways to catch yourself if you tend to worry too much about extremely tiny, insignificant details.
26.Nov.11Very wide-angle lenses aren't just for 'getting it all in'. Wide angle lenses also produce a sense of exaggerated perspective, which can add a sense of depth, place and context to your photography.
25.Nov.11You can get as wet from tall, rain-soaked grass as from the rain itself. Even after the rain has stopped, put on a good pair of waterproof pants before venturing into a field or a forest to make photographs.