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What are the best lenses for landscape photography?

Often beginner photographers tend to ask the wrong sort of questions. I am not blaming them as they are too naive to understand that simply buying the best piece of gear is not going to guarantee the best images. Photography is a synergy of the right tools with the right skillsets. You can eliminate the technology part and still be able to get good image s. but if you don’t have the right skills, no amount of quality gear will make up for it. Okay, that caveat out of the way, now we can concentrate on the topic of discussion today. We are going to look at the best lenses for landscape photography. Ansel Adams, the legendary photographer and the...

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The Best Filters for Landscape Photography

A few years ago, before smartphones became a serious competitor to traditional cameras and instant filters came into existence, photographers used an array of optical filters to transform their images. Filters were in existence before smartphones and for that matter even before digital cameras came into existence. Back then photographers had very little opportunity to retouch their images during post-processing. That had to rely on their skills and the tools that they could use during the process of image making to make the image as close to what they wanted right in the camera. This is what necessitated the use of optical filters. These days, unfortunately, not many photographers use filters, at least not for the optical reasons. They rely...

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Speed Up Lightroom: Apply Develop Edits in the Optimal Order

While working with the Develop module in Lightroom, image corrections need to be made in the right order. This will make a huge difference in how well the Develop module performs. Whenever new edits are made, the module looks at all the past modifications that were done. For this reason, if you keep using Lightroom to modify your image and apply all sorts of effects to it, the Develop module will slow down. There are certain filters which will have a huge impact on the speed of the Develop module. For instance, the noise reduction filter will slow down the module immensely. Lightroom is designed to let users keep track of their edits but you will be forced to contend...

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Shooting in RAW - A Basic Introduction and the Advantages

One of the biggest advantage of being able to shoot in digital is the ability to shoot in RAW. For those of you who are not familiar with what RAW is – RAW is a lossless format that retains all of the image information that your camera captures. These information is available to you for editing the way you feel free. Normally, when you shoot with a digital camera, when shooting in any other mode but RAW, the camera processes the information within, using proprietary RAW to JPEG conversion software. You would say that this approach is a lot more convenient, isn’t it? I am sure it is, for some types of photography. But when you want to have more...

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A Compact Guide to Stunning Landscape Photography

Ever wondered what makes an absolutely stunning landscape image? Is it contrast? Or is it the extensive depth of field or the sharpness that extends from one corner of the image to the other? Or is the resolution of the image? Or maybe something more complicated like extensive post-processing? Well, the thing about photography and especially landscape photography, is that your eyes see something completely different to what the camera sensor records. Your eyes continuously adjusts for the dynamic range across the scene. So it sees a much more contrasty image compared to what the camera captures in a single frame. Additionally, when your eyes move across the scene, it continuously adjusts focus. Therefore the brain records a much larger...

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