Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Photograph Fireworks Like a Pro

Want to get better at photographing stunning fireworks displays? We have just the comprehensive photography cheat sheet for you. 

We all like taking photos of beautiful fireworks, but let’s admit it: smartphone cameras just don’t cut it, and it’s really challenging to do for a beginner. No one wants to keep fiddling with camera controls and miss the shots altogether. It’s also easy to get blurry or overexposed snaps if you’re not careful. With today’s featured photography cheat sheet, you’ll surely have a blast getting those colorful and explosive shots!

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Lens Filters: What They Are and How They Can Improve Your Photography

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If you’re new to lens filters, and unsure about the different types and their applications, this guide is for you.

Whether you’re new to photography, or you’ve been around cameras for a long time, one thing you have probably heard about is lens filters. These small accessories can help photographers get better images in tricky lighting conditions. They even help protect the front element of your expensive lenses too. In this introduction, we will take a quick look at why you might want to use filters, the different types of lens filters, and what they will be able to do for you. Continue reading…

Helpful Insights on Shooting Night Photography Using Film

Planning to do some night photography around your city with film? You may learn a thing or two from this video to increase your chances of getting great results. 

Film is not dead, but it’s not for the faint of heart either. Compared to digital, it’s not an easy medium to work with and it can be especially unforgiving in low light. That’s why you have to plan ahead if you want to do night photography on film. Before you hit the streets, we suggest watching this quick video by Analog Insights for some tips on how to get the best results. In one of their old videos, Max and Jules of the Analog Insights channel set out to find out how to make long exposures at night using film. Turns out it’s not as simple as using high ISO films or wide apertures and slower shutter speeds. They also had to take the Schwarzschild Effect (Reciprocity Failure) into consideration. We’ll get into the details of that later, but first, let’s watch how their shoot went.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: A Beginner’s Checklist for Great Photography

Finally made the decision to move on from your smartphone camera? Consider today’s photography cheat sheet as a checklist of the stuff you need to get started.

Photography can seem daunting to get into for anyone who started with smartphone cameras, but with today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll have an idea where and what to begin with. This cheat sheet covers everything from the gear you’ll need to buy to the shooting techniques you’ll want to learn. Step right up if this sounds like something you need to jump-start your photography journey!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How Many Megapixels Do You Need to Print?

Thinking of printing your favorite shots but not sure what your image size should be for the print size you want? Today’s photography cheat sheet will serve as your quick reference.

Finally thinking of getting some prints of your best snaps? Not too long ago, we shared a photography cheat sheet showing how big you can print your digital photo based on the resolution of your camera. If that seemed a little complicated for you, we found another useful and simplified version which instead lists down the recommended image sizes for the standard print sizes you can choose from.

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Use Fixative Varnish Spray to Protect Your Photos from the Elements

You can always frame your photos to keep them protected, or you can simply spray them with a fixative varnish spray to make them extra durable.

If you’re a fan of printed matter, we’re sure that making those prints last is among your concerns. It’s so easy for them to become ruined or faded, and it can be frustrating when it happens to a prized print from your favorite photographer. Sure, you can rely on archival papers and special frames to make sure they last as long as possible. Or, you can use a fixative varnish to give those photos the best chance at lasting a lifetime.

Psst, you can get some of this magical varnish over at Adorama.

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Use These Photography Tricks to Create Some Cool Results

We’re sure this post will get you wondering where these photography tricks were all your life.

In our quest to look for the coolest and most useful photography tips and tricks to share, we came across some really unexpected ones. Take, for example, a video showing some fun, out of the box ideas for creating cool effects and tapping unique angles. As with many things shared on the Reddit community where we spotted the video, it’s oddly satisfying to see these tricks produce some pretty cool images!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Camera Resolution x Print Size Chart

Ever wonder how big you can print your digital photos? This infographic will serve as your handy cheat sheet for your next printing project.

We’ve long been advocating printing your precious photos instead of letting them marinate in your hard drives or stay forgotten on your social media accounts. One of the first steps to this is finding out how big you can print your photos. This will give you an idea which spaces in your home or office can house your prints. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet will help you determine the maximum print size for your photo based on the resolution of your camera.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Using Lines to Evoke Emotions

Whether you’re drawn to abstracts and patterns or simply want to use leading lines to make your compositions dynamic, this photography cheat sheet brings some ideas to try.

Experimental approaches to photography often borrow from other creative disciplines like cinema, illustration, and painting. With this in mind, we thought it would be interesting to glean from the pages of Creative Illustration by American illustrator, author, and art instructor Andrew Loomis. Today, we invite you to look at his concepts on lines to supplement what we already know about using leading lines and shapes for photography composition.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Memorize These Night Photography Settings

There’s more to night photography than shooting star trails or Milky Way photos. This photography cheat sheet will serve as a quick guide for shooting various situations at night.

Thinking of exploring your town tonight for some interesting street stuff to photograph? Night photography comes with its own set of challenges, especially since you’re often forced to work in low light. You’ll also need to adjust your camera settings for every subject or shooting situation. That can be laborious if you’re still getting acquainted with your camera, not yet used to shooting at night. Fortunately, we have a photography cheat sheet ready to help you figure your settings out.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Shoot Sharper Photos

Frustrated with blurry, unfocused, or hazy-looking snaps? This photography cheat sheet has some useful tips to make sure you get sharper photos from now on. 

Among the biggest frustrations of photographers is a well-composed shot ruined by blur or lack of focus. Sometimes, you can get away with it if the blur is only minimal and hardly noticeable. Otherwise, when the shot calls for sharpness, even the slightest blur can throw off the mood or message of the photo. As with many things about photography, there are some big and small changes that you can make to ensure optimum sharpness in your photos. Today’s photography cheat sheet offers some suggestions for this purpose.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Using Exposure Compensation

This quick photography cheat sheet shows how to use exposure compensation to override your camera’s meter to get better results.

Ever ended up with a poorly exposed photo even when your camera was set in one of the semi-automatic or program modes? This is not uncommon, so it’s important that you know how to make some adjustments and not rely on your camera’s meter all the time. You don’t even have to shoot in manual mode to do this. You only have to use your camera’s exposure compensation function, as today’s photography cheat sheet and tutorial with show you how.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Hyperfocal Distance Tables for Full Frame and APS-C Cameras

The hyperfocal distance lets you maximize depth of field to get nearby objects and distant horizons sharp. This photography cheat sheet and tutorial will show you how.

If you’re into landscape photography, one of the techniques you may have heard about is using hyperfocal distance to take full control of the depth of field. This technique is popular among landscape photographers as it allows you to keep as much of the scene in focus. Today’s photography cheat sheet and tutorial from Digital Camera World teach us how to maximize the depth of field using a handy hyperfocal distance table for both Full Frame cameras and APS-C cameras.

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How Do Polaroids Work? A Look at Modern Instant Film

Polaroids and Instax are films designed to be an easy, all-in-one solution.

Polaroids and Instax are some of the most fun ways to take images these days. Millenials are in love with them, and taking an Instax image to share with someone else is one of the easiest ways to connect with folks. But believe it or not, not many people believe them to actually be film. In the case of the stuff that Polaroid puts out under the ZINK moniker, they’re not. They’re simply just a print of an image. But real Polaroids are closer to what both Polaroid Originals and Instax make. While the former is a flawed medium embraced by artists, the latter is a medium with its own appeal. Generally speaking, it’s impossible to make someone look bad on Instax. But how that happens is an amazing process.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Canon’s Ultimate Landscape Photography Tips

Want to get better at capturing majestic landscapes? Canon has you covered with their ultimate landscape photography cheat sheet!

Many of us naturally gravitate towards landscape photography upon discovering a love for travel and the great outdoors. There comes a need to immortalize the beauty of sprawling vistas and nature’s beauty in photos. For this, there are some key things to keep in mind when shooting. Canon has put together a photography cheat sheet featuring a bunch of simple tips to help us nail shots that go beyond Instagrammable.

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5 Quick Tips on Shooting Better Night Portraits with Ambient Lighting

For the photographers who come alive when the sun goes down, shooting better portraits at night is a great skill to have.

We get it: you want to photograph a moment just the way you see it! Many photographers who shoot portraits at night eventually begin to understand how lighting works once they get enough experience. During the nighttime, most of the light we know and see is absent, except for the little bit that is provided artificially. So, until you know how to work with strobes, we recommend that you learn how to make the most of available light at night.

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Three Things You Need to Know About Shooting in Manual Mode

Still at a loss about shooting in full manual mode? This quick video offers a simple explanation about three things to keep in mind to get you started.

Shooting in manual mode can seem intimidating to anyone used to auto mode. But, once you understand how these three exposure elements work, you’ll be on your way to mastering manual mode in no time, whether shooting film or digital.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Comparing Light Modifiers for Portraiture

Want to master studio setups for professional-looking portrait photography? You’ll have to begin by understanding how light modifiers work. Today’s handy photography cheat sheet will help you with just that! 

Achieving the right lighting setup for the look you’re going for is essential to studio portrait work. At the heart of this are light modifiers. As the term suggests, they are used to shape, direct, increase, or soften the output of your light sources so you get the mood that you want for your shots. There’s no shortcut to professional lighting, but today’s cheat sheet makes a great visual guide for what each light modifier does.

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Three Natural Light Setups to Try for Gorgeous Boudoir Photography

Whether you prefer to work with natural light, or don’t have studio lights yet, this boudoir photography tutorial will give you some great ideas.

Working with light to create mood is a significant component of beautiful boudoir photography. Some photographers prefer to do this by shooting in locations with gorgeous natural light. Others prefer working this way to make the most of available light and minimize their shooting setup. If this sounds like something you want to try, let this video tutorial by Los Angeles-based Michael Sasser be your guide on three ways to shoot with natural light for beautiful boudoir portraits.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Posing Women for Portraits

If you’re just getting into portrait photography and need help with poses, this photography cheat sheet will give you some great ideas.

Posing your subjects is crucial to getting good portraits. You may have a good model or a pro lighting setup ready, but you’d still need to direct them into different poses. If you’re not yet confident with directing your female models into posing, or you need a reference for some poses to start with, this photography cheat sheet has a handful of suggestions.

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Nail Your Exposure Each Time by Understanding the Exposure Triangle

How does the Exposure Triangle work? How do you use it to get your exposure right? This video tutorial is a fun take on everything you need to know.

Understanding how the Exposure Triangle works is one of the most important things to tick off your to-do list if you’re just starting out with photography. We can’t stress that enough, so we’re sharing yet another video tutorial on the topic. This one is a fun and visually engaging take on the topic: we’re sure you’ll pay attention!

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