Understanding resolution

image pixels

Understanding resolution is essential to making prints that look good. This article discusses, in the simplest way possible, what resolution is, and when it’s important. Pixels The images your camera produces are made up of tiny square shaped pixels. If you open an image in Photoshop and zoom in far enough, you’ll eventually start to see the colored square pixels that make up the image…. Continue Reading

Macro Techniques – Macro Extension Tubes

Kenko extension tubes

Extension tubes are simple tubes that go in between your camera and the lens. There is no optical glass or lens inside them. They are simply there to expand the distance between the lens element and the camera sensor, effectively lengthening the focal length. The longer focal length allows the lens to focus closer than it normally would, allowing you to magnify the subject. Different… Continue Reading

Macro Techniques – lens stacking

lens stacking setup

Lens stacking is another great way to get into macro photography using gear that you might already own. The only thing you will need to purchase is a double threaded reverse ring to mount two lenses together. Lens stacking can get you to some extreme magnifications well over 5:1. Setup Slightly different than the reverse lens mount adapter we used in the reverse lens technique,… Continue Reading

Aspect Ratio

5x7 crop

An aspect ratio is simply the width of an image divided by the height of the image. Aspect ratios work the same on a camera as they do on a TV or computer monitor. When you’re just taking pictures the aspect ratio isn’t that big of a deal. It’s later when you go to print your images, that you can run into problems. Aspect ratios… Continue Reading

Collapsible Reflectors

Neewer 43" collapsible reflector

Reflectors are an easy inexpensive way to improve your photography, especially your portraits. Using a reflector, you can bounce light up on your subject’s face to eliminate unflattering shadows and light up their eyes to create catchlights. The most common reflectors, and what I use, are collapsible 5-in-1 reflectors. They come in all shapes and sizes and they are incredibly cheap, so you have no… Continue Reading