Why You Should Adore the Awesome 50mm Lens for Photography

As the Reviews Editor for The Phoblographer, I’m often solicited for lens recommendations from beginner photographers. Time and time again, I find myself recommending the 50mm. 50mm lenses make for great additions to every photographer’s arsenal. This is especially true for those just starting and wanting to graduate beyond their kit lenses. It’s a versatile focal length that bridges the gap between wide-angle and telephoto. 50mm lenses, particularly f1.8 versions, are very affordable as well. So versatile, in fact, that many photographers colloquially refer to their budget 50mm lens as a “Nifty Fifty.” On the fence about picking up a Nifty Fifty of your own? Head past the jump to see all you can achieve with the 50mm focal length.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shutter Speeds for Shooting by the Beach

If you’re planning to hit up a scenic beach for some landscape snaps, we have just the photography cheat sheet you can use.

Beaches and bodies of water are among the favorite shooting locations of landscape photographers: they offer a variety of stunning scenes to photograph. A single location by the beach, for example, can be photographed with moving water for dramatic results or freezing waves for a more strong image. If a landscape photography shoot somewhere scenic and seaside is in order for you, we’re sure today’s photography cheat sheet will provide some tips for making the most out of your shoot.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Using Foreground Interest in Landscape Photography

You’ve heard about putting interesting elements on the foreground of landscape photos. This photography cheat sheet explains how.

Among the important landscape photography techniques every beginner should learn is how to draw the eyes to the shot by adding a foreground element. A common mistake with landscape photography is thinking it’s only about shooting a sweeping capture of the scene: a misconception that reduces the shot to a snapshot that lacks a clear subject or point of interest. This is where today’s photography cheat sheet is useful with some tips on adding foreground interest and leading lines to strengthen your landscape photography.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Getting Perfect Exposures With Solid ND Filters

Wondering how you can get great results using solid ND filters? Here’s a photography cheat sheet you can use as a reference for your next practice!

Lens filters are among the most useful tools you can turn to when you want to control the light or achieve specific effects in-camera, especially for shooting landscape photos. Neutral Density (ND) filters, in particular, are important for shooting situations that require very wide aperture or long shutter speed settings, as they decrease the amount of light that hits the camera sensor without affecting the colors. In a separate photography cheat sheet, we saw how ND filters come in different stops, and how much light each stop reduces. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet puts the knowledge to work with some tips for getting perfect exposures with a solid ND filter.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shooting Snowy Scenes

Shooting somewhere snowy soon? Make sure to bring with you today’s quick photography cheat sheet!

Snowy landscapes are among the most beautiful places to photograph, as we’ve seen in a lot of our previous landscape photography features. However, they also come with major challenges, from getting there, keeping those precious gear safe, and shooting. Whether you’re planning your first ever snowy scene shoot or want to do it better for next time, we’re sure this quick photography cheat sheet will be of great help to you.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Camera Settings for Shooting in the Golden Hour

Planning to head outdoors and shoot during the Golden Hour? Here’s a photography cheat sheet to help you get the best results with the right camera settings.

The Golden Hour is every photographer’s favorite time of the day to shoot, for a good reason. As the term suggests, it bathes a scene in a beautiful golden glow that increases the contrast and brings out the most dramatic and vibrant colors. This is why portrait photographers and landscape photographers especially prefer to shoot outdoors during this time of the day. If you’re yet to do a Golden Hour shoot, today’s featured photography cheat sheet has some suggested camera settings to try and some easy tips to make sure you get the best results.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Blur Moving Water with Slow Shutter Speeds

Want to achieve the dreamy look of blurred moving water for landscape photography? Today’s photography cheat sheet sheds light on the key technique for you to try.

Blurring moving water to create the dramatic effect of time passing is one of the most popular techniques used by landscape photographers. The technique involves slow shutter speeds to produce a creative effect from the motion blur. However, there are some key elements involved to make sure you get the best results. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet will provide the elements you need.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Choosing the Right ND Grad Filter

Curious about using ND grad filters for your landscape photography? Here’s a quick photography cheat sheet to make sure you’re using the correct type.

Neutral Density graduated filters, or ND grad filters, are landscape photographers’ filters of choice for scenes with tricky lighting. These filters come in different types, so it’s important to know which is the correct one to use based on the scene. If you’re new to using ND grad filters for landscape photography, today’s photography cheat sheet has some tips to help you evaluate a scene and choose the right filter.

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5 Tips to Improve Your Landscape Photography Composition Today

If you think your landscape photography can use some improvement, we bring five tips to help you achieve stronger compositions.

The most effective landscape photographs are the ones with the strongest composition. There’s more to it than simply standing before a postcard-perfect scene and pressing the shutter button. If you’re getting into shooting landscapes and want to improve your composition, we have five useful tips you can study and try out for your next practice.

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Shooting and Converting Color Landscape Photos Into Stunning Black and White

Thanks to the so-called digital darkroom, it’s now easy to shoot in color to convert the images to black and white later. But you have to do it the right way to get the best results.

Shooting black and white goes more than just taking away the colors or shooting in your camera’s monochrome mode. There’s a lot of things to check and keep in mind before you can get a good black and white image, especially when you’re shooting landscapes. To help us with this, Doug McKinlay shares some of his useful tips when shooting and editing black and white landscape photos in a video by Adorama.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Get Sharp Landscapes Every Time

Ever been frustrated about how your landscape snaps don’t look sharply focused throughout the frame? Today’s photography cheat sheet is just what you need.

When shooting landscape photos, getting as much of the scene in sharp focus — from the foreground all the way to the distant horizon — is paramount. If you’ve been practicing photography for a while, you must already know that smaller aperture will keep more of your scene in focus. But with this is only one part of it when it comes to shooting landscapes. If you haven’t been able to achieve this level of sharpness in your landscape snaps, we have just the right photography cheat sheet for you.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Shoot Moonlit Landscapes at Night

Been curious about shooting night landscapes but no idea how to achieve the best results? We have the photography cheat sheet just for you!

If shooting landscapes at night sounds challenging, the truth is it really is. Working with limited light will require some advanced techniques, extra efforts, and careful planning, but it will all be worth it. With today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll be able to add a touch of magic to those scenic shots under the stars.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Landscape Photography Tips for Beginners

Want to get into landscape photography but don’t know where to start? Let this photography cheat sheet be your quick and handy guide.

It’s easy to see why a lot of us want to dabble in landscape photography once in a while, as it often goes hand-in-hand when you’re a lover of the great outdoors. However, if you look for inspiration long and hard enough, you’ll eventually realize that there’s more to a great landscape photo than just a snapshot of the scene before you. This is where today’s featured photography cheat sheet will be of great help. If you’re just about to do landscape photography more seriously, refer to this guide for some useful tips and tricks.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Capturing Moving Water in Landscape Snaps

Ever wondered how to achieve the milky or frozen water effects for landscape photography? We have just the right photography cheat sheet for you!

One of the tried and tested techniques for eye-catching landscape snaps is to blur the motion of flowing water. It creates a dreamy and sometimes painterly look and imparts a serene and calming mood to your landscape photos. If you’ve ever wondered how it’s done, today’s photography cheat sheet from Digital Camera World will show how to either freeze or blur the movement of water for your landscape shots.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Mastering Composition for Landscapes

Before you set your exposure for a landscape photo, make sure your composition is on point. Use this photography cheat sheet as your guide to master working landscape scenes. 

Getting the exposure right is only half of the job when it comes to landscape photography; it’s just as important to have eye-catching composition. These two elements work together to make an outstanding landscape photo that goes beyond the snapshot. Today’s photography cheat sheet is a great resource both for those who are new to shooting landscapes and those who want to keep improving their composition.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Comprehensive Landscape Photography Guide

Still figuring out how to get better at landscape photography? Let this in-depth photography cheat sheet be your guide the next time you head into the great outdoors.

If you’re just getting into landscape photography you most likely have a lot of questions about how to nail those postcard-worthy photos. There are a lot of resources out there, but you can get a jumpstart with this quick cheat sheet. This comprehensive landscape photography guide should point you in the right direction, from equipment to settings and down to composition.

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Landscape Photography Tips: Five Beginner Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re just getting into landscape photography, we bring a handful of tips on what to avoid while you’re finding your way around the craft. 

With landscape photography having been one the most popular photography genres, it’s not surprising that more photographers are getting into it today. However, there are some common misconceptions and mistakes that beginners can find themselves making which can hamper their progress. This was what landscape photographer Mark Denney learned the hard way. In one of his videos, he addresses this by sharing some of the mistakes he made when he was starting out, and how beginners today can avoid them.

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Video: These Are the Best Filters to Aid Your Landscape Photography

If you’re getting into landscape photography, one of the tricks of the trade you should learn is how to use filters. This quick video tutorial tells you which ones to look for. 

Among the goals of landscape photography is to capture scenes as sharply detailed as possible, with colors and contrast that make the pictures pop. While some may argue that this can be achieved in post-process, Tom Mackie of Landscape Photography iQ explains to us in a quick video which filters get the job done quicker in-camera.

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Adam Karnacz on Using Color to Elevate Landscape Photography

Screenshot image from the video by Adam Karnacz. 

Filmmaker and landscape photographer Adam Karnacz is back with another educational video to help you improve your landscape photography. This time around, he talks about how one can use and control color to elevate their landscape photography.

In the 17-minute video, Adam highlighted five aspects – planning, composing with color, black and white and monochrome, post-processing, and printing – to help you wield color to your advantage. He emphasized that no matter whether one prefers vibrant and saturated colors, or muted colors, or monochrome or black and white, “…what is happening with the color in your image, you should be in control of because we don’t want that happening by chance.”

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Where to Focus When Shooting Landscape Photography

Wondering where is the focusing sweet spot when it comes landscape photography? This quick video tutorial holds the answer!

One of the most crucial things about landscape photography is setting your focus right to get everything in your frame in sharp focus. This allows you to give your viewers an accurate representation of what you saw in the scene. Not quite sure how to achieve this? We have just the right video tutorial for you.

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