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How to Hone Your Artistic Skills While Creating Great Images on a Smart Phone or Tablet

by Sebastian Michaels [guest post] 

It’s a new world out there.

The art being created today by serious “iPhoneographers” rivals (and often surpasses) easily 90% of anything I’ve ever seen created with Photoshop.

It really is that good.

When Bob Weil (2013 IPPA Photographer of the Year and author of the book The Art of iPhone Photography) decided to put together a serious online course showing the advanced layering and compositional techniques possible now on an iPhone or iPad, I knew I wanted to be part of it … But I also knew, going in, that most people were going to need to start with a more basic, fundamental skill set.

So that’s what I’ve come up with for you here. (more…)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Camera: A First Look

Olympus OM-D E-M5 ReviewThe new wave of compact, mirrorless cameras is the most exciting thing to happen to digital photography since…well, digital photography.

Cameras that perform like DSLR’s (well, almost) but without the weight, the bulk, and the backache are a welcome breath of fresh air in an industry that was starting to stagnate in a war of megapixels.

Last December I plunged into the mirrorless market by reviewing the remarkable Fuji X100S, and I updated that review in June after using the camera for six months.

And while I still think the Fuji is an astonishing camera — near perfect in many ways — its few shortcomings have sent me searching for an alternative, or at least an additional, small camera. (more…)

Landscape and Nature Photography Tips [video]

Watch sample videos and get a discount on these courses here

For years my subscribers have been asking if I could recommend a course on Landscape and Nature photography. And I’ve always had to say “no.”

Until now!

I’ve just discovered two new courses by Jay and Varina Patel that are revolutionizing my view of landscape photography.

I’m so impressed by the quality of their teaching, and their expertise, that I knew I needed to share this with you. (more…)

Fuji X100S: A Second Look

Fuji X100S with Lens FilterIn December I wrote about traveling with the Fuji X100S camera for a week, and how it was both liberating and occasionally frustrating.

After using the camera sporadically for six months, and and after another recent heavy-use trip, I’d like to share some revised thoughts now that I know the camera a bit better.

I’d especially like to highlight two important features that I didn’t get to use in my previous Hawaii trip, and which I think are strong advantages of this camera. (more…)

Two Great New Photography E-Books

New E-BooksI know many of you love photography e-books because they are:

(a) Inexpensive,
(b) Easy to refer back to any time,
(c) Portable on all your devices, and
(d) Did I mention inexpensive?

Well, while I was busy finishing my Event Photography course, two of my favorite photography teachers put out great new e-books that I am long overdue in bringing to your attention.

Let’s look at each separately. (more…)

Winters’ Road to Seeing is Worth Traveling

Winters Road to Seeing Book CoverDan Winters has a handwritten sign in his darkroom reading, “The print will speak of the love that has been infused within it.”

And that’s a pretty good description of his mammoth new photography book Road to Seeing.

It’s infused with love. Of photography. Of life. Of human beings. Of art. Of mystery. (more…)

Wow! Event Photography Course Feedback

Event Photography CourseFirst of all, if you are among the over 900 new owners of my new Secrets of Successful Event Photography course in its first week of release, a huge THANK YOU for your business and your wonderful feedback.

Second, if you’re not among those buyers, I’d like to share some of the feedback (both positive and negative) to help you decide if this course is right for you. (more…)

Why Did It Take Two Years?

Event Photography CourseSince my big announcement yesterday, many people have asked me why the heck it took me two years to create my new course:

Secrets of Successful Event Photography

Believe me, I’ve been asking myself the same question. Because I don’t want to ever spend two years on a photography course again! That’s ridiculous. (more…)

Photographing Architecture and Real Estate

As I wrote recently, I’m taking a video course by Mike Kelley called Where Art Meets Architecture.

You can see my first attempts at photographing an interior, and how it went right (and wrong) in the video above.

Click here for full details and to buy the course

This is possibly the best photography course I’ve ever seen. (more…)

Traveling with a New Mirrorless Camera: Fuji X100S

Fujifilm X100S

My FujiFilm X100S with optional lens hood and lens filter. And yes, I taped a piece of 1/8 CTO gel over the flash to warm it.

As I vacationed with my family in Hawaii last week, I was testing a new, compact mirrorless camera as an alternative to carrying a heavy DSLR.

If you’re anything like me, lugging around a big camera, plus lenses, on a pleasure trip has become so burdensome that I often end up just leaving it at home and doing without a camera entirely. Which, for a photographer, is a tragic sign that something needs to change. (more…)

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