How to Shoot Beautiful Cat Portraits

The internet loves cats, as do most people! Getting a beautiful portrait of your cat can be incredibly tough for most of us. Sometimes they won’t stop moving around, they’re too dark, or we can’t hold their attention. But a little bit of pet psychology can help here. We’re going to give you a short tutorial on how to shoot beautiful cat portraits you’ll love.

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The Best Time to Shoot Portraits and How to Do It

Most new photographers would never know or understand when the best time to shoot portraits is. But if you want an effortless time and diffused natural light, then you’ll have to plan accordingly. Most importantly, you’ll need a subject that’s got the time to shoot. And you don’t need a fancy camera or lenses for this method. As long as you just know and understand the timing, you’ll see that this is universally the best time to shoot portraits. So what is it? We’ll tell you after the jump.

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3 Cameras with Great High ISO Image Quality You’ll Love!

There are cameras with great high ISO output that lots of photographers enjoy for various reasons. Everything from sports, night photography, portraiture, and astrophotography requires cameras with great low light abilities. We think photographers will get the most out of them with specific lenses for sure. But even so, you won’t have to worry about bumping your ISO into the nuclear range. Here are three excellent cameras with great high ISO output that we’ve tested ourselves.

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The Reasons Why LEDs Won’t Beat Flash Photography, Yet

If I had a nickel for every marketing rep who told me the industry is moving away from strobes and towards LEDs, I’d be rich. LEDs are great. They are easier to work with if you’re indoors as they offer tons of control over the light. They’re also great if you’re shooting outdoors at night. But the truth is that not everything happens at that time. You can sit there and spend hours in Photoshop editing an image to fix the exposure and introduce lighting that wasn’t there, but then it looks fake. Most of all, you’re turning a three-hour photography session into an even longer process. Why do we have to work excessively for the shot?

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Don’t Know How to Use a Flash? Point It at a Window

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If you’re new to photography, we’re pretty sure you might be intimidated by using a flash. And we totally understand why. The idea behind using a flash is that you need to know what light looks like. But the truth is that we never really notice it. It’s always just there. If anything, folks think using an LED is easier. But it doesn’t always give you better photos. Alternatively, with a flash, it’s hard to not get better photos with the little secret we’re about to tell you.

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Don’t Forget These Important Tips When Photographing the Fireworks

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Celebration time is coming up! For some of us in Canada and the United States, it will be Independence Day very soon! That will mean we’ll be photographing a lot of fireworks. The year 2021 will be special for lots of us too. I’ll be super happy to shoot fireworks on the 4th of July. So we dove into our archives to find some essential tips for photographing the fireworks. Take a look!

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TTL vs Manual Flash: What Photographers Need to Know

Many folks don’t know the difference between TTL vs manual flash, or how it will change the way they create.

Most photographers realize that flash output is still better than constant lighting. But the biggest struggle is with TTL vs. manual flash output. Most people don’t understand it. And to be honest, most experienced photographers are also frustrated with it. But in time, you learn to tell it what to do. Think about it this way. You use your camera in manual mode, right? And if you don’t, then you at least know how to do so. The strobe and flash output that you can get is similar.

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Understanding the Science That Makes Photography Possible

As photographers, we often focus on the art of photography. But how well do you know about the science that makes photography possible?

As the old adage goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” To say that photography has been one of the most influential forms of communication in the history of humanity is an understatement. Today, photography is one of the most prevalent art forms found around the world. Throughout modern history, it’s played an important role in our ability to communicate and connect with one another. Photography is arguably one of the most effective means of conveying ideas. It has the ability to distill lots of information into a single frame. A single image can also transport us to far-flung corners of the globe. More images are created today than ever before. Despite the transition from analog to digital, however, the principles that make photography possible remain fundamentally unchanged. If you’re not familiar with the science of photography, this infographic by the Huffington Post has you covered.

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On PhotoWalking: Why I Think Leica Is King of the Land

On Photowalking is a short-lived series where EIC Chris Gampat shares his thoughts on using various camera systems.

There is the obvious idea that someone who owns a Leica is a rich photographer (or they’re a rich person, etc.) But the less popular belief is that they’re someone who really values aesthetics. I’ll never forget the words that Reviews Editor Paul Ip conveyed to me when I told him to use my Leica M4 for a while. He said, “It’s a tactile thing.” and he’s right! You can use a Leica and approach it from the standpoint of shooting like one would with any other camera, but you’d be doing your purchase an injustice then. No other system can do what a Leica can, and that’s why I think that they’re a fantastic product for photo walks. Specifically, the Leica M series are so great because they’re designed for you to be in the moment. You enter a completely different type of zen that you wouldn’t otherwise because you’re that much more involved in the photography process.

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The Canon EOS R5 at ISO 25,600 and ISO 51,200 Is Mind Blowing

We shot some high ISO images with the Canon EOS R5 while taking a stroll in a Brooklyn rainshower at night.

The Canon EOS R5 is in for review right now, and we decided to not only do our standard durability test, but to also show how it performs at high ISO settings. The Canon EOS R5 is the closest thing we’ve got to a mirrorless version of the Canon 5D series of cameras. While it’s surely performing like one, it feels a bit like a 90D and a 5D series camera smushed together. There’s no magic touch bar, but the joystick’s placement is a bit odd. If you’re a veteran Canon shooter, you’ll also find the back dial placement to be a tad odd. For my hand, I really need to pull my thumb back and down to crank that wheel–which I’ve set to aperture control. Luckily, you also have a control ring around the lens in case you need it. But overall, I think Canon users will be very happy with this camera. Coupled with some of the company’s fantastic lenses, I think anyone will really like the Canon EOS R5.

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How to Shoot Street Photography at Night and Be Creative

Just because the sun goes down and the sky turns dark, it doesn’t mean you can’t go out and shoot street photography.

Shooting street photography at night is great fun. Sadly, many shooters (especially newbies) are put off by the fact that they won’t have natural light to illuminate their scenes. Although shooting conditions are different at night, you can still create quality street photographs. Actually, shooting in the dark of the night encourages you to be more creative. As a result, you can get more compelling images. Of course, there are some techniques and approaches to be familiar with to execute street photography at night well. In this piece, we’re going to go over them, getting you ready to shoot when the sun goes down.

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See in the Dark: 8 Affordable Cameras With Great High ISO Performance

Cameras that perform miracles in low light used to cost a fortune, but here are eight affordable options.

In the not too distant past, things weren’t all peaches and cream when it came to high ISO performance in affordable cameras. Unless you had bottomless pockets and could afford top of the line cameras, shooting in low light was a challenge. Now, there’s a bevy of cameras that can shoot up to ISO 6400 and beyond that won’t break the bank. If you’re in the market for a camera with excellent high ISO performance that won’t destroy your bank account, the camera we have rounded up after the break should be on your radar.

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Why the Fujifilm Natura S Is the Perfect, Care-Free Camera for Parties

My affinity with the Fujifilm Natura S has blossomed into carefree, truly fun shooting.

How many of you would buy a pink camera like the Fujifilm Natura S? If you wouldn’t then that’s fine, but it’s a great camera that forces the photographer to really put their trust in it. You’re not worried about apertures, shutter speeds, etc. There isn’t even an option to allow you to care about that. And at parties, the result is a purely fun experience that helps you keep your mind focused on having fun. That’s not at all to say that being serious about your photography can’t be fun, but we’re talking about a party. Think about what you think about when you do party photography and how many photographers are totally in their zone when shooting vs. also knowing how to enjoy what’s happening. And that’s why I think the Fujifilm Natura S beats any camera out there when it comes to party photography.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Photograph Waterfalls in a Dreamy Way

Here’s a photography cheat sheet for those who want that ethereal look to their waterfalls.

We’ve all seen them–those dreamy waterfall images that inspire awe in us and make us want to book a ticket to the latest vacation spot. Landscape photographers spend hours upon days looking for not only the best locations but also the best light. That careful combination is offset by using the right filters and the proper exposure. It’s followed by post-production, and possibly printing. Most important of all is the right light. You’ll have to search out the golden or blue hour to get just the right amount of glisten on the water. And even above all that, having the right tools. We’ve got that all set up for you in today’s photography cheat sheet. But we also have extra tips below on how to photograph waterfalls.

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A Beginner Photographer’s Guide to the Exposure Triangle

Understanding the Exposure Triangle will help you navigate the relationship between aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed, and make you a better photographer.

So you’ve been getting more serious about your photography, and you may have heard other photographers throw around the term Exposure Triangle, but have no idea what they’re talking about. While you may have it confused with the Bermuda Triangle (a region in the North Atlantic Ocean), or think it sounds like the title to an obscure science fiction novel, it actually refers to the three foundational elements of photography: Aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed.

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Phoblographer’s Guide to the Top 10 Photography Terms for Beginners

Whether you’re a novice who is picking up a camera for the first time and want to get the lay of the land, or a pro in need of a refresher, this handy guide has you covered on photography terms.

So, you just received a new camera as a gift during the winter holidays. Or, perhaps you finally decided to take your interest in photography to the next level and graduated from your phone to a dedicated camera. You’ve taken the camera out of the box, but have no idea how to make sense of all the different dials and buttons. What do all the settings and photography terms mean? If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, take a deep breath. It’s going to be OK! We’ve all been there.

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How to Shoot Photos in the Rain: The Guide from the Camera Testers

If you’re wondering about how to shoot photos in the rain, you’d be amazed at how simple it is.

Lots of folks are scared, but if you’re wondering how to shoot photos in the rain, it’s more simple than you may think. That’s not to say you shouldn’t be cautious, but with modern cameras, you should know you can relax a little bit. We tend to bring nearly every camera into the rain that claims any sort of weather sealing. To that end, we have years of experience in how to shoot photos in the rain.

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Blending Flash with Natural Light (And Getting it Right in Camera!)

Blending flash and natural light is all about listening to the light meter in the camera.

“Why can’t I just do this in post-production?” is what I heard in a recent event I attended on mixed lighting and flash. Many times the answer is that a photographer can’t get an organic look and effect in the scene. Further, why work a long time in post-production when you can just get the image right in-camera? Why can’t you achieve your creative vision without the use of a computer or an app? And why do you need to live by that preset life? In this tutorial, we’re going to walk through the ideas behind blending natural light and flash.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Manual Mode Settings Whatever the Weather

Still getting a grip on the Exposure Triangle and the effect of each element on your photos? This cheat sheet will serve as a quick guide for shooting, whatever the weather.

If you’ve decided to give manual photography a go but haven’t mastered the settings yet, don’t worry, we have just the right stuff for you. With today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll be able to put the Exposure Triangle concept to the test and shoot with confidence in good or bad weather. Put on your comfy shoes, pack your gear, and have a copy of this cheat sheet ready for your next photo walk!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Quick Guide to ISO Settings

Once you are seriously into photography, you hear the term ISO a lot. But what does it really do? Which settings do you use? Find the answers in today’s photography cheat sheet.

ISO is one of the elements that comprise a well-exposed photo. It’s definitely one of the things you should master, especially when you want to learn how to shoot in manual mode. If you’re struggling with ISO settings and what they do to your photos, we have precisely the stuff to help you. Whether you’re shooting with a film or digital camera, this quick photography cheat sheet should work well for you.

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How to Make Your Photo Look Like a Painting In-Camera

Making your photograph look like a painting in-camera is all about embracing camera shake.

One of the best things about photography is that it can combine with a variety of other mediums and  deliver really unique images. Even better, lots of those images can be done in-camera without the need for Photoshop, Lightroom, etc. Sure, you can shoot and fix it in post-production–but why bother? Why not get it right in the first place and worry less later on? If you’re a photographer with an excellent grasp of the technical side and also in touch with your artistic side, then this tutorial on how to make images of landscapes look like paintings is for you.

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