Tips & Techniques


Is it okay to use an image stabilizer system when the camera is on a tripod?

 •  August 1

I was in a camera store recently asking about the real value of the Canon image stabilizer (IS). I was told that one should always turn the...

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Easy as 1-2-3D

 •  July 24

No, the picture above isn’t botched, and your eyesight is just fine. This photo is an anaglyph—an image that simulates a 3D effect when...

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Going Indie – The Final Analysis

 •  July 16

I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to earn a living and support my family as a full-time stock photographer for about 20...

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Is it possible to make a living from stock photography sales?

 •  June 30

I know that some of the Photo Life contributors are stock photographers, placing images with an agency's library for sale to companies that need...

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Should I buy a camera without a low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter?

 •  June 16

I just started researching Nikon DSLRs before actually shopping for one, and I noticed that the D3300, D5300, D7100 and D800E omit an optical...

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How can I get a more natural-looking effect when sharpening images?

 •  June 2

Can you provide some advice for using Smart Sharpen or Unsharp Mask in Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom? I have been using 100% as the amount and a...

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Micro-Managing Your Stock Portfolio, Part VI

 •  May 28

The successful stock photographers know the key to success is generating working images that will be licensed time and again, with a total disregard...

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Micro-Managing Your Stock Portfolio, Part V

 •  May 21

By now, I hope I have started you on the process of thinking like a stock photographer. You no longer look at the images used in advertising first,...

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What are the fastest memory cards?

 •  May 15

I want to get the fastest memory card for my Nikon D7100 for sports photography, but which one is really the fastest? Several companies claim that...

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Micro-Managing Your Stock Portfolio, Part IV

 •  May 14

In the last entry on producing stock, I introduced the importance of thinking like a stock photographer and addressed the difference between a...

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