Tips for taking better holiday photos

During the holidays, someone is bound to get out a camera to grab some festive snapshots. Follow some of these photo tips and guidelines to get the best images possible.

Pick the best camera for the job

There is no one perfect camera. But if you need one suited to a specific kind of photography, you can get the best camera for your needs by looking for specific features.

Why we love Instagram, Hipstamatic, and the lo-fi photo trend

Why are the dingy, ill-colored, sometimes washed out images created by lo-fi photo filter apps so appealing? To understand that, you have to accept something very fundamental about the nature of photography.

How to take great macro photographs

Macro photography is any type of shooting where you're extremely close to a detail or small object. You can capture great macro images with a SLR, point-and-shoot, and even an iPhone. Whichever camera you choose to use, here are some tips to remember.

Snapseed raises the bar for iPad image editors

Nik Software's Snapspeed has interfaces that are designed from the ground up to be gestural. These interfaces make Snapseed easier to use than any other iPad image editing app, and ultimately, allow you to make more effective edits.

On the road with a camera, an iPad, and a Hyperdrive

Ben Long takes a photography trip to Turkey, leaving his MacBook Air at home in favor of an iPad and a HyperDrive.

Review: Acorn 3 image editor

Priced at $50, Acorn 3 is a full featured image editor with a lot of high-end features, including raw conversion, multiple layers, vector graphics. What’s not entirely clear is who it’s aimed at.

Pentax K-r

If you're looking for a small, lightweight, inexpensive starter camera, then the Pentax K-r is a great choice. With its huge array of features and nice image quality, it might end up being the only SLR you never need.

Flare 1.0

Flare offers a simple, iPhone-inspired interface that makes it easy for novice photo editors to add fun, stylized color effects and borders without requiring a trip to a more complicated program like Photoshop.

Photo basics: How to compose a photograph

Image composition is the process of making the subject of a photo clearer, and the overall image less complicated. These tips for beginner photographers explain the essential techniques needed for framing a great photo.

New Year's resolutions for photographers

Instead of making the same ho-hum New Year's resolutions you break every year, consider these resolutions specifically for photographers. In 2011, make it a point to try new things, break old habits, and push your gear and talent to new limits.

Sony Alpha SLT-A55

Sony's translucent mirror technology makes its debut in the impressive A55 interchangeable lens camera. This camera is set apart by its small size, ability to continuously autofocus while shooting video, and fast continuous shooting mode.

How to pull still images from your videos

Have you ever captured a fleeting moment on digital video, only to wish you also had it as a still image? Follow these simple directions to turn any frame of a video into a photograph.

Pixelmator 1.6

Newly revamped Pixelmator 1.6 is incredibly fast, has some fun new tools, and features the same slick-design as always. But is it a valid alternative to Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or iPhoto?

Improve photos fast with cropping

The single photo editing tool that can do the most to turn a bad image into a keeper is your crop tool. With it you can re-compose your shot after you've taken it.