Fundamentals

What is a 35mm Lens Good For?

What is a 35mm Lens Good For?

Brandon BallwegOctober 8, 2021

35mm is my personal favorite focal length for photography. It’s wide but not overly so—in many scenarios it’s just wide enough. It also has an uncanny ability to make intimate…

What White Balance to Use for Night Photography

What White Balance to Use for Night Photography

Paul FriedmanMay 9, 2018

First of all, there are many different settings you’ll want to be familiar with before going out to shoot the stars. You can certainly check out my article on “Nightscape…

The Purpose of Camera Lens Hoods and Why You Should Use Yours

The Purpose of Camera Lens Hoods and Why You Should Use Yours

Brandon BallwegMay 5, 2018

If you just bought your first camera kit, you may be wondering what the plastic thing is that came with your lens. Maybe you’ve been doing photography for awhile and…

Should You Go Full Frame?

Should You Go Full Frame?

Brandon BallwegOctober 5, 2021

There’s a lot to like about cameras with full frame sensors: they have excellent image quality, work well in low light situations and are capable of producing shallower a depth…

What Are DSLR Cameras Good For?

What Are DSLR Cameras Good For?

Brandon BallwegMay 5, 2018

At one point, DSLR cameras had all the advantages in their favor. But as of this writing in November 2017, the advantages that DSLRs once had over mirrorless cameras has…

What is the “Bokeh” Effect in Photography?

What is the “Bokeh” Effect in Photography?

Brandon BallwegMay 5, 2018

Out of all the photography concepts, “bokeh” is one of the most talked about and controversial. It’s one of those things in photography that excites both new and experienced photographers…

The Blurred Background Effect in Photography

The Blurred Background Effect in Photography

Brandon BallwegMay 5, 2018

If you’ve paid close attention to pictures before, you’ve probably noticed that some have a lot in focus whereas others it’s the opposite, resulting in a blurred background effect. This…

What is a Candid Picture?

What is a Candid Picture?

Brandon BallwegMay 5, 2018

If you’re new to photography, you may be asking yourself, “what is a candid picture?” Many of us have known inherently what a candid picture is for most of our…

Depth of Field Camera Settings

Depth of Field Camera Settings

Brandon BallwegMay 5, 2018

Choosing a depth of field and a corresponding aperture may not be so apparent when first starting out in photography but ultimately it’s fairly straightforward. This article is broken up…

3 Quick Tips for Indoor Photography

3 Quick Tips for Indoor Photography

Brandon BallwegOctober 9, 2021

If you’re having trouble getting the lighting right or are having issues getting proper exposures when photographing indoors, these tips for indoor photography should set you on the right track.…

What Does ‘Shallow Depth of Field’ Mean?

What Does ‘Shallow Depth of Field’ Mean?

Brandon BallwegMay 5, 2018

If you’re getting started in photography you might have heard the terms ‘depth of field’ or ‘shallow depth of field’ thrown around. Read more

3 Easy Bounce Flash Techniques to Improve Your Flash Photography

3 Easy Bounce Flash Techniques to Improve Your Flash Photography

Brandon BallwegMay 5, 2018

If bouncing light in photography is a foreign concept to you, it may seem complicated at first. But bounce flash techniques are actually extremely simple and can significantly improve the…

5 Indoor Photography Tips Without Flash

5 Indoor Photography Tips Without Flash

Brandon BallwegOctober 9, 2021

Doing photography indoors without a flash can be tricky. You may not have a flash handy or just want a natural light look. However, shooting without a flash indoors presents…

2 Simple Steps to Blur the Background of a Picture Using Just Your Camera

2 Simple Steps to Blur the Background of a Picture Using Just Your Camera

Brandon BallwegMay 5, 2018

I think it’s safe to say that pictures with blurred backgrounds can be extremely impressive and inspiring. I know that a lot of photographers just starting out assume that it’s…

3 Reasons Why Your Pictures are Blurry

3 Reasons Why Your Pictures are Blurry

Brandon BallwegMay 5, 2018

It can be annoying to have your pictures turn out blurry and not know the reason why. The good news is that there are only a few reasons why photos…

DSLR Vs. Mirrorless in Photography: Which Should you Choose?

DSLR Vs. Mirrorless in Photography: Which Should you Choose?

Brandon BallwegOctober 6, 2021

The DSLR vs mirrorless debate has been going on for several years now in the digital photography industry. While in the past the choice between the two was obvious for…

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Depth of Field

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Depth of Field

Brandon BallwegOctober 12, 2021

Understanding depth of field is an important part of being able to control the outcome of your images in photography. The look of any given image will be strongly influenced…

A Guide to Understanding Shutter Priority Mode

A Guide to Understanding Shutter Priority Mode

Brandon BallwegOctober 12, 2021

Shutter priority mode is a semi-automatic camera mode in which the photographer chooses one component of the exposure triangle (shutter speed), the camera takes a meter reading when pointed at…

A Guide to Understanding Aperture Priority Mode

A Guide to Understanding Aperture Priority Mode

Brandon BallwegOctober 12, 2021

Getting your exposure right while also achieving the depth of field you’re looking for can be tricky at times, especially if you’ve got to get some exposures off quick or…

P Mode in Photography: When and How to Use it

P Mode in Photography: When and How to Use it

Brandon BallwegOctober 12, 2021

Just got your first camera and wondering what that ‘P’ on your mode dial is? Understanding program mode is one of the first steps in the natural evolution of getting…