27 Feb

Where to focus in landscape photography. Setting the hyperfocal distance without calculations.

One of the most important concepts in landscape photography is the hyperfocal distance. Sometimes photographer hasn’t neither calculator depth of field nor table of hyperfocal distances. It is a typical situation for beginners, and our students often asked us how to deal with it.


Heretofore we advised the classic way “to divide the space in the frame into three parts, and focus on the first third,” but this method is very rough and we do not like it at all. This forced us to invent new method of finding hyperfocal distance. We haven’t met this method in books or Internet yet, that is why we decide to describe it for you now.

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08 Nov

How to make night portrait on sky background with stars

People are fond of photographing themselves on the background of beautiful places, but this is not always easy to do. One of such difficult subjects for the implementation is photo on the background of starry night sky. And today we want to tell you, how we usually do it.

Ночной портрет на фоне Млечного ПутиCanon EOS 5d mark II | Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
ISO 1600 | f/1.4 | 15 s

We need:

– camera with manual settings

– tripod or any stable surface

– flash or any camera with a built-in flash

– night, stars and people

First of all you have to learn how to take pictures of the starry sky itself.

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09 Mar

Different methods of crooked horizon correction

How to rescue photo with crooked horizon? Of course, if the picture is already made, there will be the only way to correct crooked horizon – using Photoshop or other graphics editor (on the computer or on phone).

Tilted-horizonUsually standard procedure (rotating of the image on defined angle) leads to loss of part of the image and sometimes it definitely deteriorates composition.

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22 Sep

Milky Way

A huge part of modern citizens have never seen the Milky Way. Someone does not even know of its existence. Usually powerful artificial lighting and partly polluted atmosphere interfere to see the Milky Way.

Canon EOS 5d mark 2 | Canon EF 24 f/1.4L USM
iso 800 | f/1.4 | 20s

In order to see the bright stars and the Milky Way in your pictures, you should climb higher (atmosphere is thinner in the mountains), wait for the most transparent atmosphere (after the rain for example, and of course the absence of fog, haze and other troubles will increase transparency), get rid of light sources. If you are away from the city, interfering light source for you is the moon. So the stars are best seen on a moonless night (for example, the new moon).

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19 Sep


Of course, when planning a night shoot, you need to select a place in the daytime. This picture was an exception. Due to the large amount of work we did not have time during the day to walk around the surroundings of our base.

Canon EOS 5d mark 2 | Canon EF 24 f/1.4L USM
ISO 800 | f/1.4 | 20 s

The only suitable landscape for photography that we had noticed was not impressive. However with nightfall after all it was decided to go and take a picture

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27 Sep


It is believed that the object at the picture should look like ordinary people see it. But if people can not see what the camera can see? If camera makes photos in the infrared or ultraviolet range, or at night when human eye is almost blind? Then we get a bad picture? Dishonest photo? Inadequate?

Усть-КапшаCanon EOS 550D | Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
17 mm | ISO 800 | f/11 | 30 s

The question is very controversial, so we will only mention one more ordinary phrase – “the human eye is more perfect than the camera.” However, color of the night human eye can not see, and the camera – easily.

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12 Sep


Here is the church of Alexander Nevsky in Ust-Izhora. At this place in 1240 there was a battle that is now known as the “Battle of the Neva.”

НевскаяMamiya m645 1000S | Mamiya-Sekor 45 mm 1:2.8
Kodak Ektar 100 | 1/60s| f/16

On the day when this image was taken, we without any reason at all decided to test Mamiya 645 with a wide-angle lens (45 mm) in photographing of landscapes.

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29 Aug

Tilted horizon

The idea was born of photography, you know, by chance. Although how many ideas are not born by chance?… It was late night, passing into dawn. We were doing a shoot of rather turbulent river on a fairly wide-angle lens (17 mm at frame size near APS).

ЗавалCanon EOS 550D | Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
40mm | ISO 200 | f/11 | 30 s

Usually when you are making photos at night, you discern very little in the viewfinder, that is why we were forced to navigate on the LCD screen.

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03 Apr

Açores, Pico

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