Quick Release Systems & Arca Swiss

quick release system

The bottom of your camera has a threaded hole for attaching it to a tripod. Trying to attach a camera by threading it on and off can be inconvenient and tiresome. It’s also not a very stable connection for heavier cameras or lenses. The quick release system was developed as a more stable and convenient alternative. How does it Work? A simple quick release system… Continue Reading

Understanding Image Sharpness

understanding image sharpness

Aside from having an interesting subject and composition, sharpness is one of the most important factors determining image quality. The term sharpness is a description of the detail and clarity in an image. What is it that causes a photograph to be sharp? Is it technique, the gear you use, or maybe it’s the post-processing? In this article, I hope to answer all your questions… Continue Reading

Direct and Diffuse Reflection & the Family of Angles


In a previous article, I introduced light and some basic elements about how light travels and interacts with its environment. The next step is understanding different surfaces affect light. An surface can interact with light in three different ways. It can transmit light through it, absorb the light, or reflect it. Most of what we see is reflected light. Of the three types of interactions,… Continue Reading

How to Use the Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom

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Many of the other image editing programs, like Photoshop, contain tools that you won’t ever need as a photographer. All the tools in Lightroom were designed specifically for use during the photo editing process. If you’re just getting started, that means there’s a lot fewer tools to learn and navigate through in the process.

Resize images for print Using Photoshop

resize images for print using photoshop

Have you ever sent images out for printing and realized when you got the prints back that part of the image had gotten cropped out? That’s because different size prints use different aspect ratios. Today’s digital cameras use one of two different aspect ratios – 4:3 or 3:2. Depending on the size of prints you want to make, your images may need to be cropped… Continue Reading

What is Spherical Aberration?

A lens that exhibits spherical aberration refracts light at a greater angle towards the edge of the lens

Spherical aberration is an optical distortion that occurs as a result of using optical lenses with a spherical surface. Light that passes through the lens near the center is refracted at less of an angle than light passing through the lens at the edge. The result is light being focused at different points along the optical axis instead of in one location. The image above… Continue Reading