What is focal length?

Focal length featured image

Many new photographers often assume that focal length has to do with the physical length of a lens. While longer focal length lenses, telephoto lenses for example, can be longer in length, this isn’t always true. The focal length of a lens is the measurement in millimeters from the optical center of the lens to the sensor in the camera. A prime lens with a… Continue Reading

How to Hold a DSLR Properly


One of the most common problems that new photographers have is blurry images. While there can be more than one element behind this, one of the most common causes is “camera shake”. If the camera is not held steady enough while the shutter is open, the image loses sharpness. This becomes even more of a problem when shooting in low light and indoors because the… Continue Reading

Manual Exposure Cheat Sheet

manual photography workflow cheat sheet

Ready to start working on your photography skills? Practicing with the manual exposure mode is the best way to get to know your camera better. The cheat sheet below covers a basic workflow when taking pictures using manual exposure. Save it, print it, put it in your camera bag, share it with your friends!

Natural Light and Time of day

Delicate blue and violet tones during twilight

Learning how to make better use of natural light is a key step to improving your photography skills. Many new photographers take their camera out in the harsh midday sun and wonder why their images don’t turn out well. Great photography not only takes skill but sometimes requires a lot of patience. Time of day is the most important factor determining the quality of light… Continue Reading

What is a circular polarizing filter?

B+W circular polarizing filter

A lens filter is a circular glass (can sometimes be a square) filter that screws onto the end of the lens and filters the light in some way. There are two main types of filters that photographers use on their lenses: Neutral Density filters and Circular Polarizing filters. Circular polarizing filters work in the same way that polarizing sunglasses work. They increase color saturation and… Continue Reading

Tips for sharper photos

Fall Colors

Probably one of the biggest challenges that most photographers encounter when getting started is why their images don’t look as sharp as they should. Getting consistent sharp images involves a lot of different elements and techniques. Even when you have mastered the art of taking sharp photographs there will still be the occasional blurry image. Below is a list of steps toward ensuring your images… Continue Reading