Why are the Colors in My Photo Weird? A Beginner’s Guide

There are times when you look at a photo and wonder why the colors are all weird. And if you’re a beginner, then you’re probably sitting there and taking the photo again and again to fix the problem. This is typical of human nature: trying the same thing over and over again and hoping for different results. But the weird colors in your photos can be fixed fairly easily. We’re going to tell you how.

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Understanding Bokeh for New Photographers in Under 600 Words

If you’re brand new to photography, then we’ve got yet another guide for you. This time it’s all about bokeh. Bokeh is something that you’ll hear photographers talk about very often. And most beginners get really obsessed with it. Take it from a guy that’s been taking photos for over 15 years; even after this long, you’ll be obsessed with it in some ways. So in this short post, we’re going to try to explain how bokeh works to you and everything you need to know.

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The New Photographer’s Intro Guide to Autofocus

The autofocus on a camera can be a very intricate thing. Specifically, it’s become even more complicated and capable in the past few years. So if you just bought a brand new camera, then you’re in luck. We’re talking you through some of the most important aspects of your new camera’s autofocus. Even better, we’re going to keep this guide to autofocus brief. Let’s dive in.

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A New Photographer’s Guide to the Camera Viewfinder

If you just got a brand new camera, then you’re probably looking at its viewfinder and wondering exactly what you’re seeing. Just know that even advanced users sometimes look at it and see a ton of information. But you don’t need to be intimidated. Here’s what you need to know in under 600 words. Hopefully, by the end of this, you’ll have a bit more clarity on the subject.

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How a Flash Fixes Your Old Camera’s Bad Performance

When this was typed into our site’s search engine, I immediately became excited. Yes, a flash can fix almost any sort of bad performance with a camera. Lots of new photographers are leery of flash, so they only use constant light and neons. But you can add much more to a scene using a flash. It’s easy to do, and there’s no need for excessive post-production either. Let’s dive into this.

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Our Wishlist for the New OM System OM5

The OM System OM1 broke away from the Olympus name to deliver a list of innovative features in a small package. That list, which includes quad pixel autofocus, IP53 rated weather-sealing, and 50 fps speed, may be exactly what the Micro Four Thirds system needs to remain relevant in an industry now teaming with full frame bodies. But if the OM1 is the company’s flagship, what’s next for the former-Olympus mid-range bodies?

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The OM System OM1 Has Greatly Improved Continuous AF

With firmware 1.2 coming to the OM System OM1, we decided to update our review. The OM System OM1 still has our Editor’s Choice Award due to the versatility, computational photography, and build quality it delivers. What’s more, it recently had a boost to the continuous autofocusing abilities. So we figured we’d test it out. 

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What Is Better for Epic Photos? ND Filters for Portraits vs. HSS vs. ES

Bright lenses are as much about bokeh as they are about shooting in low light — but what about bokeh and bright light? Not every portrait shoot is going to happen under ideal, fairy-tale conditions at golden hour. And even then, sometimes golden hour is still too bright to shoot at f1.2 with a flash. But, there are a number of tools at a photographer’s disposal to mix both bright ambient light and a wide-open aperture. When it comes to mixing bokeh with ambient light, there are three main choices: ND filters for portraits, high-speed sync flash, or an electronic shutter.

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Create Beautiful Lens Flare (An Under 600 Word Tip)

There’s a weird problem with moderns lenses. Photographers want cinematic looking photos, but they only get clinical looking lenses. On the cinema side, manufacturers provide lenses with flare and tons of character. Let’s admit it, modern camera lenses just make you have to work more in post-production to get the look that you want. What’s more, they all look the exact same. If you’re looking for beautiful lens flare though, there are a few ways of doing it with modern lenses. And we’re talking about how to do that right here.

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Warning: Camera Speed is Out of Control. The Need for 75 fps is Limited

The camera industry has been locked in a megapixel race for years. But, there’s another specification that has companies dueling for bragging rights: Burst speed. With 50 megapixels no longer out of the ordinary, the focus seems to have turned to just how fast a camera can snap those high-resolution pictures. The Sony a9 stunned with 20 fps shots — only to outdo themselves later on with the Sony a1. Then the Canon EOS R3 and Nikon Z9 hit 30 fps with options to go even faster. And then Panasonic laughed — and launched 75 fps on the GH6.

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Canon EOS R10 Review: The Rebel Killer the World Needs?

The Canon EOS R10 may not have Rebel in the name, but the $1,099 kit feels very much like a mirrorless reincarnation of an old Rebel DSLR. While Canon’s new crop sensor mirrorless feels in tune with the company’s DSLRs, there’s plenty of new technology to be had for Rebels making the transition to mirrorless. The most exciting change from Canon’s entry-level DSLRs? The Animal Eye AF of Canon’s pricier R cameras trickles down to the R10. The electronic viewfinder, which shows an accurate preview of the image about to be taken, will also be welcomed by many beginners.

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The Modern Lens Hood Is a Massive Problem, Literally

Years ago, photographers started to move away from using UV filters and opted to use their lens hoods or lens caps instead. And that’s what most photographers do today. But in the past few years, lens hoods have become problematic, at least when it comes to size. We’ve seen this in a lot of our reviews. I haven’t seen a lot of folks talking about it online, but I think it’s worth discussing.

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What Do Photographers Want in Cameras? It’s Really Not Difficult

Content creators are wonderful at what they do. But at the same time, so too are photographers. If you’re a photographer and identify as one, you’ll know that we have much different needs from content creators. We care about documenting a moment and freezing it in time; and we’re also probably annoyed by all the videos we scroll past on social media. Manufacturers say that they’re appealing more and more to the content creator market, but they’ve also majorly lost their way when it comes to appealing to photographers. So here’s an idea of what they can look at.

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The New Laowa 10mm F4 Makes a Very Exciting Claim

It’s time for one of our favorite things: pancake lenses! And Venus Optics are calling their new Laowa 10mm f4 lens a “cookie” (but we can traditionally call it a pancake). This new, super thin is designed for APS-C cameras. So that means Fujifilm, Sony, Canon, L-mount, and Nikon owners can use it with relative ease. What’s even more impressive is the fact that Laowa made this into a wide-angle lens that they claim is the world’s smallest rectilinear lens. Further, they’re saying it can fit in your pocket.

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The Best Cameras Under $1000 for New Photographers

If you’re looking for more affordable cameras, then we’ve got great news for you. We’ve found a bunch in our archives that we’re sure photographers will love. Want to move up beyond your smartphone? Well, it’s easy to do with these. What about getting into content creation? Well, these cameras can surely help. But even if you want to get into photography for fun, these cameras can do most of what you’ll need. Here are the best cameras under $1000 for new photographers.

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The Godox Lux Senior is One of the Most Exciting Flashes of Modern Times

It’s sometimes really hard to get excited about flashes. But the Godox Lux Senior is not only completely different from most of what’s out there, but it looks super cool. Trailing on the success of the Lux Junior announcement, the Godox Lux Senior holistically embraces the retro look and design. But it also brings some modern advancements. And if you were a fan of the old Vivitar 283 or Vivitar 285 flash, then you’ll probably really like the Godox Lux Senior.

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We All Need Some Lensbaby Magic in Our Camera Bag

Critical focus is the plague of this decade. I look at myself sometimes and I am ashamed. The first thing I do with any new piece of gear the second I put my hands on it is shoot a frame and punch in to see all the details, all those glorious megapixels. Manufacturers drove the conversation there, and we followed: how many focusing points, how fast can it detect an eye, a car, or a squirrel behind the bushes. How many super ED mega corrected glass elements? Let us zoom in and check if the iris is tack sharp and not the eyelashes. Regardless of your genre or photography background, if you have been doing this long enough, you are bound to get bored at some point. That’s why I’ve been getting into Lensbaby products.

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Are the Days of the Old Fujifilm Firmware Updates Gone?

I have owned the X-T4 for over two years now and have been looking at Fujifilm firmware updates. Our last gifted firmware merely added compatibility with their newest lenses (i.e – XF 150-600mm f5.6-8 R LM OIS WR). It is no secret that most of us were expecting to see a watered-down version of the new autofocus make its way here. We were not expecting car detection or bird tracking, but any sort of improvement in accuracy would have gone a long way, just like Canon did with the original R and the Canon EOS R5/R6, and Nikon did with its second generation of Z cameras.

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