Quick Tip: How to Photograph Falling Snow

Snowfall adds an excellent visual element to winter images. Photo by Hillary K. Grigonis with the Olympus Stylus 1 and edited in Photoshop.The best photographs tell a story and sometimes snow is a big part of that story. So why aren't all the ...

Tutorial: A Guide to Focus Stacking

Focus stacking is a technique used to increase the shallow depth-of-field effect (sharp foreground, soft background) in a photograph. At normal shooting distances and magnifications, a shallow depth of field can be achieved by simply taking the le...

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Beyond the Kit: A Beginner’s Guide To Buying Camera Lenses

Own a DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera but haven't yet bought any, well, lenses? While kit lenses can be a good and affordable way to get started, they also often limit the camera's performance. Kit lenses are often slow and ...

So Many Photographs

With the advent of the digital camera, the mighty tide of homemade photographs is growing to alarming or at least eye-wearying proportions. Flickr alone sops up 5.5 billion such images a year, if one extrapolates from the site’s claim of 4,425 upl...

What Is Full-Frame Anyway?

What Is A Full-Frame Camera Anyway?When a camera is a full-frame model,that means its imaging sensor is precisely the same size as a 35mmfilm negative (36 x 24mm). Compared to the APS-C sized sensors foundin most dSLRs (varied in size, but general...

How to White Balance Your Camera

There’s an easy way to get rid of that yellowish tint that haunts mostof your indoor shots. It’s what camera manufacturers call white balance.Most digital cameras, even cheap, compact ones, have manual white balance thatcan help you achieve perfec...

Using Manual Modes on Your Digital Camera

Have you seen those superb pictures of silky-smooth waterfalls and wished you could replicate them? Does your kid play a mean game of soccer but you can only manage to capture him or her as a blur? Automatic scene modes work pretty well for a majo...

Batteries: Choosing the Camera with the Right Kind of Power

We've all been there--the camera is set, that perfect moment finally hits, you press the shutter release and…your batteries die. Batteries are often overlooked when researching a new digital camera and simply categorized as chargeable or disposabl...

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What Is An Anti-Aliasing Filter?

If you've followed the ads for the latest cameras, you've probably heard the term “anti-aliasing” or “optical low pass” filter tossed around. So what is an anti-aliasing filter and why do many recent cameras seem to...

A Salesman's Patience: It Isn't The Camera That Makes You Look Big, Ma'am

I've worked as a retail salesperson for years (in addition to freelance writing), and I can tell you that camera sales can be tough work. By understanding what a camera salesperson goes through on a daily basis, my hope is that you can learn to re...

Camera Etiquette: The Dos and Don'ts Of Digital Photography

DO respect the signage. If a sign says, “No Photography,” then put your camera away. If a sign says, “No Flash Photography,” then turn off the flash! It's pretty straightforward, and those signs are there for a reason. If you want a photo of that ...

Stock Photo Agencies: Make Money From Your Photos

Want to make money off those vacation photos? Put your photos up in a stock agency, where images are showcased and sold to web sites, magazines, and other publications. As long as you don’t mind your vacation photos appearing in advertisements for...

CES 2013: Mirrorless Digital Cameras

The mirrorless camera category is continuing to grow. They are a great balance between quality and size, offering large sensors and thus excellent images while not being nearly as large or heavy as traditional SLRs (or single-lens reflex) models, ...

Nikon D700: Why I Went Full-Frame & Why You Don't Need To

A few weeks ago, I acquired a secondhand Nikon D700. This was my first step outside the somewhat insular world of Pentax dSLRs, and it felt like a momentous change for me. For a long time I’d felt like an outsider looking in on the “pro” tools res...

Digital Photo Frame Shopping Guide

A digital frame the rarest of gifts, a sentimental gadget. You can load it up with pictures of you and your friends and family. And since the frames haven't been flying off the shelves this year, they're available at substantial discounts.Here are...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Casio Debuts Shapeshifting TRYX Hybrid Cam

Casio went all in at CES with the TRYX, a camera/camcorder hybrid with a unique rotating frame and LCD design. They're serious about this one: The Las Vegas Convention Center monorail station was covered in a TRYX poster, and the booth demos echoe...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Fujifilm Teases X100 Advanced Compact (We Go Hands-on), Shows Latest EXR Lineup of Compact Zooms and Superzoom

In terms of sheer numbers, Fujifilm had the biggest showing at CES 2011. They unveiled 16 brand-new FinePix cameras, and teased the crowd with some X100 prototypes. The X100 is a serious piece of equipment, packing an APS-C CMOS sensor (that's the...

Build A Photo Studio For Free

Whether you’re showcasing your Etsy handicrafts, snapping portraits of the relatives, or cashing in on the stock-photo market, using a make-shift photo studio can improve your pictures. Several retailers sell home studio kits complete with backdro...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Samsung Unveils NX11 Mirrorless Update, Handful of Compact Zooms and DualViews

While the biggest camera companies debuted only point-and-shoots or no cameras at all during CES 2011, a few smaller players, including Samsung, broke out some bigger firepower at the Las Vegas Convention Center last weekend. Sammy's headliner was...

Canon SD4500 Vs. Nikon S8100: CMOS Travel-Zoom Showdown

If you want a compact camera with a long zoom and decent low-light performance, the Canon SD4500 and Nikon S8100 are two of the most popular options at the moment. We do have full reviews of both models, which we encourage you to read, but the hea...

5 Questions To Ask Before You Buy A Digital Camera

As a salesperson, most customers I deal with try to buy a new digital camera the way I usually get stuck buying groceries: they're acting on impulse, and they haven't thought the decision through. They just want something, anything, and they want ...

Trading In Your Digital Camera

With digital camera technology developing so rapidly, even last year’s cameras feel outdated. The latest and greatest advancements quickly become old news, leaving you to decide whether to settle for the older model or upgrade to the shiniest new ...

Eight Pitfalls of Buying a Digital Camera

If you buy a digital camera from the wrong retailer, either online or off, you could end up spending hundreds of dollars too much, sacrificing your right to return a faulty product, or end up with an item not backed up by a manufacturer's warranty...

Best Pocket Digital Cameras

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Buying A Digital SLR

Picking out a digital camera used to be simple. After all, there were fewer choices. You could buy a pocket-sized, easy-to-use compact camera, or an intimidating and expensive professional digital single-lens reflex model.But the market has change...

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Why Shop Online for Cameras? It's Cheaper!

While big box stores like Circuit City, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart have hundreds of locations, million dollar ad campaigns, and big corporate backing, they simply cannot compete with the Internet when it comes to finding the absolute best price...

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14 Ways To Improve Your Photography in 2014

With billions of images uploaded to the web every day, more people are taking pictures than ever before. But with more pictures, it's harder to stand-out. Set your images apart from the cell phone selfies clogging up your news feed and resolve...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Panasonic Debuts 8x-Zooming, Leica-Lens Sporting FH25, Successor To DCHQ's Consumer Camera of the Year

Panasonic announced a modest bundle of new Lumix point-and-shoots at CES 2011, including the FH25, an update to Digital Camera HQ's favorite cheap camera of 2010. We loved last year's FH20 because it was the most well-rounded point-and-shoot out t...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Best New Digital Cameras At CES

CES is a big show for Digital Camera HQ. Most cameras announced at CES are budget-friendly point-and-shoots; they don't necessarily excite the camera nerds out there, but they're our bread and butter. We walked what must have been miles back and f...

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Shooting Sports: What You Need to Know

Does your kid play basketball and you can’t seem to get a single shot in focus? Is the pool area at your daughter’s swim meet simply too dark and flash doesn’t seem to work? Or perhaps your son plays soccer and spends most of his...