Staff Picks

  • Jonas Maier
    Published about 24 hours ago
    5 Tips to Create Better Pictures for Your Instagram

    5 Tips to Create Better Pictures for Your Instagram

    When using Instagram to grow your personal brand, it’s essential to build up an audience that is engaged and loyal to you. But how can you ensure these followers engage with your posts and, in turn, help you to grow as a business or personal brand on visual oriented platform such as Instagram? Three words: Quality Instagram content. In the following, I would like to share my personal top five tips that you can apply in order to create high-quality shots in order to build an engaging audience.
  • Harrison Galgut
    Published 7 days ago
    Getting Great Holiday Shots

    Getting Great Holiday Shots

    Dear Holiday Slideshows,
  • Justin Clark
    Published 15 days ago
    The Exposure Triangle—A Guide to Getting off Auto

    The Exposure Triangle—A Guide to Getting off Auto

    Welcome back everyone! For the past few weeks we've gone over the components of the exposure triangle; shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. This week we will be discussing the tips, techniques, and mindset to combine these elements to give you greater control over your photography and to help bridge the gap between the shot we've got, and the shot we want.
  • Justin Clark
    Published 23 days ago
    ISO—Same, Same, But Different

    ISO—Same, Same, But Different

    Welcome back to another blog! This week we're going over another component of our exposure triangle, ISO. ISO is an interesting concept; it's just as important as our other components, while at the same time it doesn't matter quite as much unless we're in the nitty-gritty's of it (in digital photography). Let's explore the basics and look at why understanding ISO and its subtle differences are important, not just for the shot we're trying to take, but also if we're looking to upgrade digital camera bodies. This blog is less aimed at what exposures are needed for what environments of shooting, but more to challenge incorrectly held beliefs on how ISO operates, and to hopefully provide you with a hunger to research ISO more. I will cover ISO from a more scientific perspective in the future, but for today let's look at why common belief is wrong.
  • Harrison Galgut
    Published about a month ago
    Is Auto-Exposure Good?

    Is Auto-Exposure Good?

    That is quite a bold statement to make. Especially with the capabilities of RAW files. However, for the moment I am going to ignore RAW files (I will speak about them later on in this article). We all know of photographers from years gone by who didn't have auto exposure and took phenomenal images on film. To name a few: Fan Ho, Don McCullin, Ira Block, Annie Leibovitz, and Steve McCurry. They are in no particular order, but they all started shooting without digital cameras, and without auto-exposure. All their most distinctive shots have been taken without auto-exposure and on film.
  • Justin Clark
    Published 2 months ago
    Why You Shouldn't Ask "What Settings Did You Use" as a Budding Photographer

    Why You Shouldn't Ask "What Settings Did You Use" as a Budding Photographer

    Disclaimer: This article is a thinking exercise, it doesn't offer much for technical advancement, but more for a philosophical metacognitive advancement.
  • Mark Sorace
    Published 2 months ago
    My Ten Dollar Camera

    My Ten Dollar Camera

    Taking photographs has been a hobby of mine for over a decade and I am only 18. Clearly photography has evolved from a hobby of mine to a passion in that time. I began shooting with anything that had a camera whether that be my parents' cell phones or even my Nintendo DS. I moved onto taking photos with my iPod Touch when I wanted an upgrade. Within a few years I had a Sony Cybershot because it was my chance to take photographs on a device meant to take photographs. When I saved enough money, I then purchased a Nikon D3200 and thought I was a professional all of a sudden. Around this time I was also beginning to take photos on my first iPhone. By the time I was 16 my Nikon broke where the lens attaches to the body, so I had to save for and purchase a new one. This time I switched to Canon, and purchased a Rebel T6i. Since then, I have not purchased another digital camera, unless you consider iPhone upgrades.
  • Gillian May
    Published 2 months ago
    Five Tips for Taking Stunning Portrait Photos

    Five Tips for Taking Stunning Portrait Photos

    Do you want to make stunning portrait photos that really stand out from the rest? Have you seen portraits that really have an impact and wonder how you can do the same?
  • LJ Chaplin
    Published 2 months ago
    LJ: The Aperture Amateur

    LJ: The Aperture Amateur

    Everybody has a passion in life that brings them copious amounts of joy. We all seek to have an aesthetic that we'd love to develop and mould in order to create something beautiful on a daily basis. For me, especially as of late, has been photography. Having a best friend who lives and breathes her photography inspired me to pursue and nurture my love for it.