ISO ‘Invariance’


Huh? What’s that? Never heard of it? That’s okay. First, let me say right here, that this is not an easy topic to explain but at the same time, it is important. Some cameras today are ISO Invariant or close to ISO Invariant. So what does that mean? Note: 1) In trying to over-simplify things, some of the explanations may not be 100% technically correct. 2) Pictures must be … [Read more...]

Secrets to Dramatic Landscapes


We are often told that a high-end lens is the most important investment that you can make to improve your photography. Would you agree? Yes? Good for you but I have some reservations! Will you see a dramatic difference in your photography if you were to replace all your mid-level lenses with top-of-the-line lenses? Difference in sharpness? Yes, certainly. But dramatic … [Read more...]

How to Select and Darken Sky like a Pro


We often wish to darken the sky in a landscape photograph – only the sky. Sometimes, we can accomplish this by selecting the sky using a simple tool like the Magic Wand or the Quick Selection Tool and then with the sky selected, we merely use Levels or Curves to darken the selected area. Things get difficult however, if there are projections rising into the sky (like trees) and … [Read more...]

Monsoon Photography


If you are a photographer, monsoon brings out either the best in you or the worst. It all depends on your mental make-up! “One man’s food is another man’s poison”. The onset of the monsoon season is eagerly awaited by some while others dread this period. To some, it is the beginning of the dreary, overcast, grey days while for others, it is a time to enjoy getting wet, fr … [Read more...]

How Steady Are Your Hands?

The ‘best lens’ in the world (if there was any such thing) would no longer be the best if your shooting techniques are poor.There can be several reasons for your pictures not being sharp – poor focussing, poor lens contrast, poor lens resolution, subject movement, and camera movement. The biggest culprit is often the camera movement during ex-posure. Camera movements incre … [Read more...]