Photography Articles, Camera Tips, and Photo Tutorials

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Dave AllenLearn to use your camera and take better photos with these photography tips, tricks, and tutorials by acclaimed landscape photographer Dave Allen.

I'll be adding new photography tips, tricks, and tutorials to this page as often as I get time to sit down and write them. Bookmark this page and check back once in a while as I will be adding more photography articles, tips, and tricks regularly.

In time I'll be covering a wide variety of subjects including composition, exposure, camera selection, planning your shoot, studio lighting, and much more.

Basic Camera Tips and Articles

Choosing the Right Digital Camera

Looking for a new camera but not sure where to start? There are a few things you should be aware of before making your decision to help you get the most out of your new camera purchase, and reading this article on choosing which new camera to buy is a great place to start.

Great Cameras Don't Equal Great Pictures

There are a lot of things that go into making a great photograph, and the type of camera equipment you use has very little to do with it. This article dives into a bit of what's important about making great images, and how it has little to do with the camera you choose to do it with.

5 Easy Steps to Better Photos

Five things that you should always take into account before pushing that shutter button. Following these simple tips will help you improve your photography skills quickly, and you'll take better photos every single time you point your camera at something.

Photography Exposure Articles

Photography Exposure Basics

The very basics of exposure in photography, what it is, and what it means to get it right or wrong. In this photography article we'll look at black point and white point, and how to balance all of the tones between them to capture your scene with all of the details represented properly in your final image.

Photography Exposure Basics II

Learn to expose images correctly by controlling exposure in your photography using the exposure triangle. Using the various tools the camera offers to adjust exposure and the basic mechanics behind them to help you accomplish proper exposure in all of your photographs.

Choosing Exposure for Effect

In this article you'll learn how to use the camera's exposure settings to control more creative aspects of your images, allowing you to expose for depth of field and motion effects to achieve the look you want while maintaining the proper exposure.

Choosing Exposure for Effect II

A deeper look at techniques for fine tuning the exposure for proper effect, and reading the camera histograms to easily see and adjust your exposure with a high degree of accuracy with no more than a quick glance.

Common Exposure Settings Examples

See some examples of common scenes that you might want to shoot and the type of camera settings that might be used to capture them creatively. If you're new to the exposure traingle and how each of the 3 settings affects your resulting exposure, this quick cheat sheet will get you started in the right direction.

Tips for Taking Great Photos

Planning A Landscape Photography Shoot

When you're talking about landscape photography, properly planning your shoots for ideal lighting and weather conditions ahead of time is paramount. For studio and portrait photography, having full control of your lighting allows for good results that depend only on your ability, but landscape photographers don't have that luxury.

General Photography Articles

Risk and Reward - Life of a Pro Landscape Photographer

So you're thinking about becoming a full time professional landscape photographer huh? Well, it certainly can be a fun and rewarding career choice for those lucky enough to make the leap. Here's a little perspective on the subject from my friend and photographer Mark VanDyke with a few of my thoughts thrown into the mix.

Top 5 Best Photo Locations in Charleston, SC

Guide to some of the best places to take photos in Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston SC is a photography hotspot rich with outdoor subjects, offering many locations for taking pictures and shooting landscape photography. Shoot photos at Magnolia Plantation, Patriots Point, Folly Beach, the Angel Oak Tree, and more!

Top 5 Best Photo Locations in the Great Smoky Mountains

Where to take pictures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a wonderful place for photographers of all kinds to visit including people who enjoy shooting landscape, nature, and wildlife photography. I have complied a list of 5 of my favorite places to go to when visiting the Smokies to take pictures.

Top 5 Best Photo Locations on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Each year there are more and more photographers taking the scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to capture pictures of the Appalachian Mountains and it's easy to see why. The Parkway is dotted with scenic overlooks with long range views that are easily accessible without having to go very far from your car. Here's a list of 5 photography locations that stand out from the crowd.

Top 5 Best Photo Locations in the NC Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is a string of barrier islands in North Carolina known for their remote ocean side beaches and calm soundside waterfront areas. To narrow it down to just 5 top places was difficult with so many great locations for photography here, but the ones I have selected are all a must if you are in the OBX. I have complied a list of 5 of my favorite places to go to when visiting the Outer Banks to take pictures.