Lowepro Stealth ReporterD400 AWMy review of the Lowepro Stealth Reporter D400 AW has been one of the most visited pages on Digital Photography Mastery. So, nearly four years later, I thought I would revisit the Stealth Reporter. Yes, I still have this camera bag, and yes, it still looks as good as the day I unboxed it. Lowepro has a good reputation for producing quality products, and the Stealth Reporter has lived up to the Lowepro name.… More

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Wild BergamontIn a recent conversation I had on Twitter, a friend stated, “if I see a perfect shot, I can never seem to catch it the way I see it…it [the photo] doesn’t speak to me.”

This seems to be a very common problem all photographers experience at one time or another. I’m guessing, it’s a common problem all visual artists experience. I know I’ve run into this phenomenon many times myself over the years. Here are my thoughts as to why our “perfect photos” fail.… More

Peak Design's Capture DeviceThere are two things every photographer seems to search for and can never find. Call it the Photographer’s Holy Grail. The perfect camera strap and the perfect camera bag. Well, I may have found the perfect camera strap.

If you are like me, you have a love/hate relationship with your camera straps. They are always in the way and catching on things. Many straps have metal parts that can scratch a lens, viewfinder, or LCD screen.

At the same time, camera straps come in handy for keeping your equipment on your body, ready for action. Especially when shooting with multiple bodies.… More

Photographer in woods with tripod
Photo by Tammy Black Wolf

Are you having problems making great photos? If you’re not happy with your photography, maybe it’s the way you think about your photo equipment that’s holding you back.

We all have bad habits in photography. Some more than others. Even seasoned professionals have bad habits. And that’s alright. The important thing is to be aware of what your bad habits are and always trying to improve.

Here are five photo equipment related bad habits that I have either struggled with over the years or have seen in my student photographers. This list is far from being all inclusive.… More

Sales professional portraitIncluding corporate photography services in your list of services can be lucrative, and you may be wondering how you can achieve the best results when serving this unique niche of customers. These are professionals who likely will use corporate images to place on their business cards, their business website and other locations, and they want to position themselves to look both attractive and professional.… More

Image Processed With Photomatix Pro
Image Processed With Photomatix Pro

In the previous HDR article, I discussed how I captured my first High Dynamic Range (HDR) images while visiting Starved Rock State Park in central Illinois. If you haven’t ready that article yet, here’s a link to it – Introduction to HDR Photography: Capturing the Image.

In this article, I will go through the workflow I used in processing those images. Although not overly difficult, like everything in photography, it takes a little knowledge, a little experience, and eventually you will develop a little talent in processing HDR images.

As mentioned in the the previous article, I got my knowledge in the way of Trey Ratcliff’s Complete HDR course.… More

Newborn baby portrait

When a family has a new baby, one of the first things they want to do is take pictures of their little bundle of joy. Newborns aren’t always the easiest subjects to photograph. But fortunately, you can pretty much create the pose for the newborn. And, if they’re in a good mood, they’ll cooperate and you can get some great pictures that the baby’s parents will be satisfied with–as long as you don’t take too long.

As a photographer, there are a few tips to keep in mind when you want your pictures to come out beautifully.

Take the Pictures in the Morning

Newborn babies tend to be a little more agreeable in the morning.… More