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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…

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Photography: What You Should Know Before Taking that First Wedding Job

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Photography: What You Should Know Before Taking that First Wedding Job

Brandon BallwegOctober 7, 2021

Are you just getting started in wedding photography and looking for a resource to walk you through the ins and outs of shooting an entire wedding day? Or perhaps you’ve…

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…

Auto Mode in Photography: What’s Happening Under the Hood?

Auto Mode in Photography: What’s Happening Under the Hood?

Brandon BallwegOctober 12, 2021

Auto mode in photography is pretty self-explanatory, right? You just turn the camera on, point at what you want to take a picture of and click away. But what’s happening…

ISO in Photography [A Complete Guide]

ISO in Photography [A Complete Guide]

Brandon BallwegOctober 12, 2021

In photography, ISO is a measurement of how sensitive a given film or camera sensor is to light. ISO is named after the International Standards Organization, an organization that determines…

Understanding Shutter Speed

Understanding Shutter Speed

Brandon BallwegOctober 12, 2021

Shutter speed, along with aperture and ISO are the three components that make up the exposure triangle. In this article, I’ll do my best to put shutter speed in as…

Aperture in Photography: Explained in Simple Terms

Aperture in Photography: Explained in Simple Terms

Brandon BallwegOctober 12, 2021

Aperture makes up part of what I like to think of as the exposure triangle, the other two components being shutter speed and ISO. In this article I’ll focus on…

Thanksgiving Photography: A Guide to Taking Great Thanksgiving Photos

Thanksgiving Photography: A Guide to Taking Great Thanksgiving Photos

Brandon BallwegOctober 10, 2021

Ah, Thanksgiving – who doesn’t love getting together with family you haven’t seen in a year to argue over politics? Regardless of your political affiliation, doing Thanksgiving photography is not…

Halloween Photography: A Spooky Guide for Getting Great Shots

Halloween Photography: A Spooky Guide for Getting Great Shots

Brandon BallwegOctober 10, 2021

If you’ve been doing photography for any amount of time, I think we can all agree: Taking photos at night or in dark environments can be really tricky. And when…

Beginner Photography: How to Take Pictures Like a Pro

Beginner Photography: How to Take Pictures Like a Pro

Brandon BallwegOctober 12, 2021

When it comes to starting out at the beginner photography level, the amount of information you need to learn can be overwhelming at first. It can seem that there is…