Category: Learning

Noise reduction in photos with blurry backgrounds – a quick n dirty workflow

As I promised last week here is my „quick and dirty“ noise reduction workflow for photos with blurry backgrounds. Noise is most apparent in those blurry parts of the photo. In those areas which are in focus, the sharp detail “masks” the (luminance) noise. This approach is “quick and dirty” precisely because its aim is ...

Using a tripod or increasing ISO?

The cold season is here and it brings with it not only rain, fog, snow and icy cold, but also shorter days and tricky lighting. As a photographer you have a choice of either using a tripod, if you photograph motifs which allow the use of one, or increasing ISO. I never was a tripod ...

Cleaning a camera. That’s how it’s done!

Our camera and lenses are sacred to us, there’s no doubt about that. Nevertheless, they are products used on a daily basis and therefore often exposed to the environment and its impacts. In order to preserve our babies as best as possible and make sure that they will function for a long time we have ...

Sigma Photo Pro: an analysis of high speed settings

Speed is a constantly recurring topic when it comes to Sigma Photo Pro. By their very nature the photo files of Sigma cameras are large and algorithms used for their processing complex. Therefore it is hardly a surprise that one needs a lot of memory and a fast processor if one doesn’t want to spend ...

These are my YouTube tips for you!

Few months ago I showed you some of my favorite YouTube channels dealing with photography and editing. On this platform you can very easily discover a lot of informative and interesting videos or just learn new things and get inspired more easily and for free. In my opinion this is a great possibility to keep ...

Do’s and don’ts in architectural photography

Photographers who deal with the subject of architectural photography, have to pay attention to some essential things in their pictures. In general, every building, no matter how old, can be used as a motif. Ultimately, this depends on the desired image statement. We have summarized the most important do's and don'ts on architecture photography here. ...

Let there be light! Light painting and all you need to know

Everybody knows them, the pictures with beautiful light objects floating in the air. Light painting is a technique in photography that makes use of long-term lighting. There are no limits to creativity and the possibilities to shoot magical photos are unlimited. In this article we’ll explain to you how to use this technique and how ...

Sharpness comparison: Sigma 100-400mm vs 135mm F1.8 Art

Depending on how scrupulously one goes about things, a sharpness comparison of two lenses can end up being quite a hassle. One could compare the sharpness at multiple distances. One could, even when comparing a prime lens to a zoom, not only shoot at the same aperture but shoot photos with the prime at those ...

Drone photography: Tips and legal framework

Drones, also called multi- or quadrocopters, have finally reached the mainstream. The combination of photography and flying are of particular interest to many. Every day new models with integrated cameras are announced. The devices are steadily becoming more powerful and compact. Thus even amateur photographers have become able to shoot impressive images from a bird’s ...

Review MC-11 Converter

Hey guys, As some of you may probably know, I belong or belonged to the Canon group. My permanent companion: my faithful Canon 5D Mark III. However, as I told you in my last article, I’ve extended my camera family a bit. Among my newest treasures is a Sony Alpha 7II R. I just wanted ...