The Dark Art of Metering

Just 2/3-stop separates these two images, with the reduced exposure from the camera meter's recommendation resulting in a much more dramatic, scene.

Light metering is one of the black arts of photography: one of those mysterious skills possessed only by the elite of the photographers who understand the yin and yang of light and shade…or at least that’s what some would have you believe. It’s simply not true, and the basics of light metering are pretty simple.

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How To Get The Most From Your Lenses

These days, camera lenses are available in every shape and size and to fit every budget. From the most basic kit zooms to exotic professional primes, it takes a little practice and technique to get the best results possible. Whatever lens you may be slinging along to your next shoot, here are four quick tips to maximize image quality.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your DSLR’s Batteries

In the days of film, photographers had to worry about running out of exposures long before running out of power. In the days of digital cameras, that concern has been replaced by two: memory card space and battery life. Memory cards are easy to deal with; they’re inexpensive and small enough to keep several on your person at all times. Batteries, on the other hand, are a different issue. Unless you spring for extra batteries, you’re stuck with the battery that came with your SLR body, and maybe an additional battery for a grip. It’s economically unfeasible to treat batteries like memory cards, cheap and easy to replace. Fortunately, there are many techniques for stretching out your already long-lasting SLR even further on a single charge. Continue reading…

Field Tutorial: The Orbis And Shooting Firestar

At Comic Con, I was given the opportunity to photograph a lot of talented and wonderful people dressed in their cosplay garb. Jessica Caitlin Foley was one of the attendees that stood out the most. She hails from Virginia and dressed as the Marvel superhero Firestar. As per recent reader requests, this is the beginning for a new type of posting here at ThePhoblographer, detailing Field Tutorials and how the equipment is used in the field. My apologies beforehand for the lack of Strobist photos and diagrams but we will be more careful in the future to do those.

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An Introduction To Canon’s Wireless Flash System

Wireless flash control is perhaps one of the biggest upgrades that your photography can take as it allows you to control the light nearly anywhere you so choose to go. There are photographers out there that oftentimes say that they choose not to use flash at all because it disturbs their subjects. While this can be true, the argument can be made that you’d much rather get a good photo of them—in which wireless flash can help tremendously. When used correctly, it will also not tamper with the wonderful colors that your camera’s sensor is capable of capturing. You shouldn’t be afraid to learn how to light, so here’s a bit of a walkthrough.

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5 Tips on How To Shoot Great Halloween Photos

Red Riding Hood as Marilyn Monroe
Boo! Fall is in the air and Halloween will be coming soon. As the holiday where everyone decides to go out all dressed up, it naturally presents itself as one of the best holidays for photo opportunities. If you’re strictly the photographer this Halloween, you’ll have less to worry about. If you’re taking photos and are out partying then you’ll probably have a bit more trouble since your attention will be a bit more split. Here are some tips to ensure that your photos come out great looking.

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How To Create Better Black and White Photos

There are a couple of methods to creating Black and White photos in digital photography. Two methods in particular are looked down upon: in-camera settings and using the convert to black and white function in Photoshop. While you may think that the images look really nice this way, often times they are actually very ugly. A more often used way is to desaturate the image in an editing program. While this is better, it still isn’t the best way to get the very most out of your images. While the above image still has some flaws to it, it still looks much better than what those tacky filters will give you. Here’s how to do it.

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How To Check For Sensor Dust

If you’re totally new to the world of DSLRs and interchangeable lens compacts, then you’ll perhaps be wondering what those weird specks are in your photos. Chances are that you’ve got a dirty sensor. My personal weapon of choice for dealing with this is the Visible Dust Arctic Butterfly(reviewed here) but sometimes even that can’t do the job and I’d require swabs. So how do you check for sensor dust in the first place?

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The Ultimate Wedding Photography Checklist

I just got an email with an image detailing with what to me, is one of the most complete and organized wedding image checklists I’ve ever seen. Take a look for yourself and learn from it. If you want to get more into weddings, our buddies over at can help to promote you, but you can also check out our intro. Another tips that I can add is this: don’t use a Rebel for wedding photography. As you can see that wedding photographer got completely steamrolled. Instead, check out our equipment list. I typically bring all this to a wedding.

Big thanks to John for the email.

The Essential Guide To Dog Portrait Photography

The Badass Pooches

Woof woof! Dogs are our constant companions and have been since the Stone Age. We love them, care for them, walk them, play with them, and in return, they give us great affection and protection. They are our best friends and though their lifespans are typically short, we always remember them. Here’s how to capture the looks and personality of your dog.

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Back To School Photography Gear Roundup

With school starting right around the corner, photography students will be getting ready to keep their shutters clicking. Granted, your Photography Department may offer you and other students cameras to use. But if you don’t want to go through the checking out/checking in process, you may want to take a look at this posting created especially for you.

Here’s a round-up of some of the best photography gear for students going back to school.

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Why Your Lenses are More Important Than Your Camera

For professionals reading this blog, the importance of lenses is old hat. However, for casual users who are considering getting their first DSLR, they might not understand just how vital having the right lenses is for shooting. A good lens means everything in getting the right shot. It’s not just the amount of zoom you have or how wide it can get, but the quality of the glass, the maximum size of the aperture, and other characteristics.

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The Quick Beginner’s Guide to Using A Photo Studio

At some stage in their career, every photographer will have need and use for a photo studio. It is the place where the photographer has almost total control of what is being photographed. Some are intimidated by the studio. This posting is for those photographers and by the end of it, you’ll probably understand and love the studio more.

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Reader Question: How to Improve My iPhone 4 Images

My review of the iPhone 4’s camera made quite the stir; and some users are even wondering how they can make their photos better. Take the recent case of Kyle, who found the posting through Google. He’s got some problems with his images and he wants to make them better, but he’s not a photographer. As I’ve learned in the commercial world, great editors can also create great images. I’m going to show you how to create better iPhone images by converting them to RAWs.

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Beginner's Tips to Shooting Fireworks

The 4th of July is right around the corner and after the BBQs are over you’ll most likely be with friends/family checking out the fireworks as they go off. To capture them accurately, you’ll need to know the technical stuff. Here are some quick tips on how to do it.

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Facebooks Terms Of Use Explained to a Photographer

Chances are that if you’re reading this posting that you are a photographer and use Facebook. Why not? It’s a great tool to use for your business. However, many photographers and people that know photographers don’t read Facebook’s Terms of Use. The reason for this—too much to read and not enough understanding of what it means. As a former college radio president, I’m used to reading through such terms of content use and even creating them. That said, here’s what Facebook’s Terms of Use mean.

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Editing: More Mistakes To Watch For When Editing a Video

As like many of you, I’m always learning and re-learning. The first time around on a recent podcast, I made some major mistakes. The second time around, it was in the editing process for the most part but some of these problems could have been fixed in pre-production. Since it’s been a while since I’ve been shooting podcasts day after day, here are some mistakes that I’ve made to keep in mind as well as how to avoid them.

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