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This camera is designed to keep only the best photos

10 May

A new device called Trophy Camera uses artificial intelligence to compare its own photographs with the world’s most iconic images. During the comparison, Trophy Camera’s AI looks for specific characteristics common in photographs that have won World Press Photo yearly since 1955. Photos that show at least a 90-percent positive correlation with these notable characteristics are then uploaded to the camera’s own automated website. It’s a bit similar in spirit to Camera Restricta, a concept camera that uses GPS to prevent its user from taking clichéd photos.

Trophy Camera was created by media artist Dries Depoorter and PhD student/photographer Max Pinckers. Speaking to, Depoorter and Pinckers explain that their camera is a sort of commentary on what they see as the redundant photography produced by the ‘more automatized’ cameras that are becoming increasingly popular.

Elaborating on that, Pinckers said:

Press photography appears to be becoming a self-referential medium dominated by tropes, archetypes, and pop-culture references. What implications does this have on how we learn about the world through the images we are being shown? …By making this camera, we try to implicitly comment on the current status of photojournalism–which seems to be becoming more questionable in today’s visual landscape–along with the incredibly fast development of computer vision and the relevance of artificial intelligence in our time.

The camera itself is made from a Raspberry Pi Zero W, the computer’s Full HD camera module, a 128 x 32 monochrome OLED display, and a 5000mAh powerbank. Trophy Camera is currently part of an exhibition where photographs are taken; most of them are blurry and less than ‘notable,’ as shown on the camera’s automated website.


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How to Find the Best Locations for Landscape Photography

28 Apr

Have you ever looked at the work of a good landscape photographer and wondered how they found such beautiful places to shoot? Or would you like to travel to a new place to do landscape photography but are unsure how to find the best locations?

You are not alone. It takes work to find the best locations and most landscape photographers go through this process. The tips in this article will help you.

Landscape photography locations

1. Look at the work of other photographers

The first step to finding great places to take landscape photos is to look at the work of other photographers. There are so many great photographers on 500px, Instagram, and Flickr that it should be relatively easy to find some who have worked in the areas that you have in mind.

Looking at the work of other photographers helps you in two ways:

  1. It helps you find the most iconic, popular, and spectacular places to take photos.
  2. It gives you an idea of the potential of a place for the type of landscape photography you have in mind (for example, perhaps you are looking for somewhere to do long exposure photography, or perhaps you like to work in black and white).

It’s a good idea to look for the work of a local photographer. Locals have a huge advantage over visitors. They know the area better and are familiar with photogenic but relatively unknown locations. They may have lived there for years and built up a substantial body of work. Their portfolios contain photos taken at different times of the year. All these things help build a picture in your mind of the location and its potential for landscape photography.

I went through this process when I traveled to northern Spain last year. Looking at the work of local photographers helped me find locations like this.

Landscape photography locations

2. Go out and explore

Once you’re on location, curiosity is the key to finding interesting things and places to photograph. If you’ve done your research you already know the most iconic and popular locations – they are probably what attracted you in the first place.

But what about other locations? The not so well known ones? You can only find those by exploring. It’s only the desire to see what lies around the next corner, or where a lonely road takes you that allows you to find these places.

I made this landscape photo while walking along footpaths near my parent’s house. This is not a well-known area and you’ll struggle to find other photos taken here. Yet it has a lot of potential and I was able to make photos like this.

Landscape photography locations

3. Make a bucket list of great locations

As you look at other photographer’s work and read about landscape photography on websites like Digital Photography School you are bound to come across interesting places and locations.

My suggestion is that you set up a spreadsheet or word processing file that contains a list of all the places you might like to visit one day. The world’s a big place and there are a lot of photos to look at online. If you don’t make a note when you find something interesting you may forget it and never find it again.

As time goes by you can go back to your list and research the places that seem most interesting to you. For example, let’s say you have the city of Venice on your bucket list. Whenever you find an interesting photo or a good article about photography in Venice, add it to your file. Then, when the time comes that you finally get to go, you’ve already done most of the research required and have a good idea of what you’d like to achieve.

Make your list

Another approach is to write down a list of the places you’d like to visit. Don’t censor the list – they are ideas, not certainties. Then you can research them and make notes as you find out more information. This gives you time to think about how much time you need on location, and how to fit that into your schedule. You can think about time and money and gradually build your plans.

Places on my bucket list include the mountains of Torre del Paines National Park in Patagonia, the Italian Dolomites, and the desert landscapes in the southwestern United States. How about you?

The Picos de Europa in northern Spain, where this photo was taken, were also on my list.

Landscape photography locations

4. Find your personal vision

One of the dangers of looking at the work of other photographers is that it creates a desire to take photos of the same places as other photographers. There’s nothing wrong with capturing photos of iconic locations, and sometimes it’s just an itch that has to be scratched before going on and finding the lesser known places. But the danger is that you forget to look elsewhere for good places to take photos.

Photographer Cole Thompson has an interesting idea he calls photographic abstinence. He never looks at the work of other photographers as he wants to find his own locations and his own way of seeing the landscape. There’s a lot of merit to this idea and it’s something you might like to try for yourself. It’s the opposite approach to the advice given at the beginning of this article, and it may work well for you.

Personalize it

Last year I visited my family in Norfolk, England. Look up the work of local photographers and you’ll find lots of photos of sand dunes, wide beaches, and beach huts – the typical landscape of the local area.

I stayed away from those places and walked around with my camera through the landscapes around the village where my family left. It wasn’t intentional to start, but as I did so I found that I was building a body of work photographing the elements of the landscape that were personal to me. I was ignoring the iconic locations, the ones you see photos of for sale in local galleries, and photographing the landscape in a much more personal and interpretive way.

I ended up taking photos like the one above, and this one.

Landscape photography locations

Wherever you go to take landscape photos, and no matter how well known and iconic some of the locations there are, I encourage you to look for and find your own personal vision.


These ideas are just some of the ways that you can find interesting landscapes to photograph. Do you have any more? I’d love to hear them – please let me know in the comments.

Andrew is the author of the ebook The Black & White Landscape.

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7 Questions to Help You Choose the Best Lens For Any Situation

07 Apr

Cameras and lenses – in fact, anything to do with gear – often spark heated debates amongst photographers. People love to discuss which lenses you should buy or use in certain situations. So I thought it would be interesting to look at a few common scenarios and ask what lenses you might want to use in each of them.

This article presents a slightly different perspective on the debate as the answers are led by creative considerations rather than the subject. Lens choice is often subjective – what might be right for one photographer may be the wrong choice for another.

7 Questions to Help You Choose the Best Lens For Any Situation

Here, then, are some of the things you need to think about when it comes to using lenses. Of course, in practice, your choice is limited by the lenses you actually own. But these considerations are still useful and will help you decide which lenses to buy in the future.

Question 1: Do you want to get the entire scene in focus?

The types of photos where you might want to get the entire scene in focus include; landscape photography, street photography, travel photography, and environmental portraiture.

The depth of field, and how much of it you want in your image, is a creative decision. Once you’ve made that decision you can think about the type of lens you need to use to make that happen.

Wide-angle lenses are the natural choice when you need a wide (lots of it) depth of field. There are exceptions – for instance, you could focus on something distant with a telephoto lens and use a small aperture to make sure everything included in the frame is sharp.

But generally speaking, wide-angles are the best choice. They also help you include more of the scene. Some photographers refer to wide-angle lenses as story telling lenses. The phrase describes the way you can use the lens to include enough detail to give your subject context. This approach is most likely to be used in character portraits and documentary work.

7 Questions to Help You Choose the Best Lens For Any Situation

I used an 18mm wide-angle lens to capture the entire scene in sharp focus.

7 Questions to Help You Choose the Best Lens For Any Situation

I used a 40mm lens (strictly speaking, not a super wide-angle lens on a full-frame camera, but wider than normal) to capture this scene and the rock formation the group is standing in front of. The environment is as important in this image as the musicians so I wanted it to be sharp.

Question 2: Do you want bokeh?

If you don’t want to get the entire scene in focus then perhaps you intend to go the other way and use bokeh in the composition. You can do this with zoom lenses, but you really need a telephoto lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or f/4.

It’s easier to create bokeh with a prime lens as the aperture is much wider. You also have more choice. You can use the widest aperture of the lens for an ultra-shallow depth of field, or a more conservative setting such as f/2.8 that still blurs the background but gets more of the subject in sharp focus.

If bokeh is your thing, then use a prime lens.

7 Questions to Help You Choose the Best Lens For Any Situation

I made this photo with an 85mm lens set to f/1.8. The wide aperture completely blurred the background behind the lizard.

Question 3: How close can you get to your subject?

Telephotos are essential for most types of wildlife and sports photography. They even have their uses in street photography. If there is something that stops you getting physically close to your subject, then you need a telephoto lens to bridge that distance.

7 Questions to Help You Choose the Best Lens For Any Situation

I needed a telephoto lens to photograph this jousting tournament. It wasn’t possible to get any closer to the horse and rider.

Question 4: How much weight do you want to carry?

Sometimes it’s tempting to take an array of lenses on a shoot to cover every conceivable situation. The problem is that carrying too much weight can tire you out. This makes it harder to concentrate, be creative, and make good photos.

It’s something to think about whether you’re taking photos on the street for a few hours, or going away for a month. Think carefully about the number of lenses you need to take with you while traveling. The more you have, the heavier your camera bag gets and the more difficult it is to carry everything around. Two or three lenses is often all you need.

Of course, there are times when you do need a lot of lenses. This applies to pros in particular who take lots of gear on commercial shoots to cover every eventuality. That’s part of the job and has to be done. But you’re unlikely to need a lot of gear for personal work.

7 Questions to Help You Choose the Best Lens For Any Situation

I used my 35mm lens for over 73% of the photos taken during a recent trip to China (the above photo is one of them). Another 10% were taken with my 18mm lens. I could easily have got by with just these two lenses.

Question 5: Will you be shooting in low light without a tripod?

If you are, then you need to consider how you are going to cope with the low light levels. Luckily, the high ISO performance of many cameras is so good that you can probably push ISO to 6400 or beyond (depending on your camera). This will help greatly when it comes to achieving shutter speeds fast enough to take sharp photos.

But there are a couple of other things you should think about. A prime lens will also help by letting you shoot at wide apertures if you need to.

7 Questions to Help You Choose the Best Lens For Any Situation

The Leica Noctilux M 50mm lens has a wide aperture of f/0.95 – over five stops faster than the f/5.6 aperture of a typical kit lens. It may be too expensive for most (over $ 10,000 if you’re curious) but it will certainly help you work in low light.

A lens with some sort of image stabilizer (if your camera doesn’t have it built into the body) will also help you take sharper images at slower shutter speeds. But remember that while the background will be sharp at slower shutter speeds, anything that moves (such as people) won’t be.

Wide-angle lenses also help as they require slower shutter speeds for safe hand-holding (using the one of the focal length rule). For example, when I used my 56mm lens (on an APS-C camera) I prefer to set the shutter speed to at least 1/250 second to guarantee sharpness. But with my 18mm wide-angle I can comfortably use 1/60 second – a two stop difference.

Question 6: Will you be shooting portraits?

If so, then you need to decide what approach to take. One option is to use a telephoto lens. The flatter perspective flatters your model and helps isolate her from the background.

Another is to use a wide-angle lens for a documentary style. But don’t get too close with this type of lens unless you deliberately want to distort your model’s face.

7 Questions to Help You Choose the Best Lens For Any Situation

I used an 85mm lens to isolate the model from the background in this portrait.

Question 7: Do you need a specialty lens?

There are times when you may need a specialty lens such as a macro, a fisheye lens, a tilt-shift lens or a Lensbaby. If you know that you may need a specialized optic for a shoot (or an accessory like extension tubes), then you can plan in advance to buy, borrow, or rent one if you don’t own it already.

7 Questions to Help You Choose the Best Lens For Any Situation

I made this photo with an 85mm lens fitted with an extension tube to get close to the small flowers.


Rather than tell you that a certain lens is required for a specific situation, I prefer to take a different approach and get you to think about what you want to achieve before the shoot, so you can select the most appropriate lens. It’s a different, less prescriptive approach to lens selection that puts creative considerations in front of technical ones.

What lenses do you like to use and why? Please let us know in the comments – I’m curious to see your answers.

Andrew is the author of the ebook Mastering Lenses: A Photographer’s Guide to Creating Beautiful Photos With Any Lens.

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What are the Best Street Photography Camera Settings and Why

21 Mar

Did you ever wonder how the photographers of the past did it? All they had were manual cameras and yet somehow they had a method that beats even the latest technology in autofocus! Wonder what it was? Let’s find out first what it was and discuss what most call the best street photography camera settings.

The best street photography settings

Now, before getting into this, let’s get something straight. If you are doing something in your street photography and it works for you, then by all means, you’ve found the settings that fit you best and you probably want to stick with them. What I am presenting here are the tried and true ways that not only past photographers used, but most street photographers prefer today. But it’s not magic by any means. With that being said, let’s start with focusing on street photography.

What are the Best Street Photography Camera Settings and Why
What’s faster than autofocus?

I know you are probably wondering how something can be faster than the latest autofocus, especially when every new camera wants you to believe they have the fastest AF in the world. The answer is – pre-focusing. What photographers of the past did was to pre-focus their camera onto a certain zone and simply shot, paying attention so that their subjects were within that area.

If you look at the example below, the photographer could either pre-focus on the blue or red area. Then anything or anyone that came within the blue or red area (depending which they chose) would be in focus.

What are the Best Street Photography Camera Settings and Why

Pre-focus zones.

Autofocus also comes with certain issues, because even if you have the fastest autofocus in the world, it can only guess WHERE you want it to focus. When you have people coming at you, it will most likely focus on the person that is closest to you. You could change your focus points, put if you wanted to shoot outside of that point, you would have to focus and recompose. That is not a luxury you often have in the street. Zones eliminate that problem. They are like a forcefield that you have in front of your camera, whoever enters that force field will be in focus. Those fields usually require smaller apertures, hence street photographers usually rely on f/5.6 or f/8.

Setting up your forcefield

In order to set up your own forcefield, you will need to know what kind of shots you want. Do you want to make images of your subjects up close, or further away? That will determine where you need to focus. Let’s say you want to take a few shots with your subject at less than one meter. All you need to do is to put your lens like so:


My aperture is at f/16, so I would put the marking on the left to 0.7, and look at the other marking on the right. That would tell me that everything between 0.7 to 1.2 meters will be in focus. The way aperture works, the further away you are, the larger the depth of field, so putting it at one meter would have had a lot of space in focus.

But, “my lens doesn’t have those marks”, you say! That’s where a tool like DOFmaster comes in:

Say you have a Canon 7D, for example. Select it from the camera dropdown menu and put in the lens focal length (say 35mm). If you focus at one meter, everything from 0.89m to 1.14m will be in focus. But the tool also tells you how to get the greatest zone of all, it tells you what your hyperfocal distance is. So if you focus at 8.09m, everything from 4m to infinity would be in focus at f/8.

Most street photographers I know set it to the hyperfocal distance. But when the light starts dropping, if they want some part of the image not in focus, or if they want their subjects really close, they use smaller zones (and larger apertures) and switch between them.

But what if your camera doesn’t even tell you where you are focused? Then you just need an app for that. You can download EasyMeasure (iOS) or Smartmeasure (Android). Then stand in front of a wall to get your distance to it, go back and forth until you get your desired distance, then focus on the wall and voila your zone is set!

What are the Best Street Photography Camera Settings and Why
The other settings

Once you have your focus and aperture set, what about your other settings? You’ve got a few choices. First of all, you can leave them all on manual (shooting in Manual mode) and adjust them on the fly. Or you can put the shutter speed on automatic (camera in Aperture priority mode) and deal with ISO manually.

A good choice is to keep the shutter speed above 1/125th because stuff usually happens fast on the streets and below that there is risk of camera shake. Of course the same applies for when you are shooting manually too, better to not go below 1/125th, but that might be different for you if you shoot slowly.

The other setting that is left is ISO. You could also put it on auto-ISO, but put a cap on it. I think most modern cameras that are adjustable should be okay with a cap of 1600. But you’ll have to watch out, some cameras don’t have great auto ISO and will go to ISO 1600 in broad daylight.

What are the Best Street Photography Camera Settings and Why
The Semi-automatic Settings

The settings below will help you to focus on the image and only worry about if someone is in your focus zone or not:

  • Set your aperture to f/8
  • Focus at the hyperfocal distance
  • Auto shutter speed, do not go lower than 1/125th
  • Auto-ISO set to not go higher than 1600

One of the strengths of this system is that it accounts for transition time. Imagine you are walking out of a building, from which the inside was darker than outside, which is super sunny.

If you are in manual shooting mode for your ISO and shutter speed, you may have to adjust the exposure by three stops if an image suddenly appears in front of you. While you’re changing the shutter speed you might not have time to change the ISO and may mess up the exposure. However, if at least one of them was auto, this would have been done for you automatically.

What are the Best Street Photography Camera Settings and Why


There you have it, the street photography settings that the photographers of the past used (sans automatic modes of course) and that many street photographers still use today. But what’s most important is to find out what works best for you and your style of shooting. Try these out. They are tried and true, but nobody said you HAVE to use them. Do what works for you! Be yourself, stay focused, and keep on shooting.

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18 Furry Images of Man’s Best Friends – Pets

01 Mar

Man’s best friend is said to be the dog. But in reality, many furry, feathered, scaled, and finned critters make loving pets in many family households.

Who better to photograph than these little guys. Here are a few photos of our furry friends.

By Nuwandalice

By Allen Skyy

By John Clare

By A_Peach

By Virginia State Parks

By akamarpreet

By sualk61

By Philip Watts

By Harald Henkel

By fine_plan

By Torrey Wiley

By Roberto Taddeo

By Scottie Mew

By laurence lallemand

By Nicholas Blumhardt

By Ian Livesey

By Ref54

By myri_bonnie

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Mom Photographer’s Best Helpers: Review of the Peak Design Everyday Bags

14 Jan

I bet at least one bag from the Peak Design Everyday series is on maaany wishlists this year. And if it’s still not, there are good chances you’ll want to add another item to yours after reading this review. Wondering what made me sound as if I’m earning commission from the bag producer? Watch the video below to get a Continue Reading

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Improve Your Photos with the Very Best Photo Editing Apps

12 Jan

We snap photos so fine, we don’t need editing apps … but every now and then a photo needs a touch of sharpening, or a cooling filter, or a clip art robot, just to spruce it up.

Who are we kidding? We’re obsessed with editing apps. And so are you – we asked!

Read along to see our favorite editing apps, and the favorites of all of our followers.

You’ll be a pro editor in no time, whether you snap perfect pics or not.

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Best Photos of 2016 by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers

10 Jan
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What better way to start 2017 than to be creatively inspired. The results of my 10th annual Best of Photos project hopefully will do just that by introducing you to photographers and their work from all over the world. Many of my blog readers are photo enthusiasts and many are seasoned professionals, but the great thing about photography is that no matter what your experience level we all can relate equally in our love for the art of photography and visually exploring. With that in mind I encourage you to reach out to photographers whose work you enjoy to keep sharing & growing as an artist.  I am incredibly thankful that this tradition has been embraced and enjoy seeing how familiar faces have evolved their work & grown over the years.  I hope reviewing your best photos of the year and comparing them to years pasts keeps you inspired and aware of your progress as a photographer.

If you’d like to take part next year and be informed when submissions open for the “Best Photos of 2017? blog project add your name to my mail list. You won’t be spammed. I send out newsletters quite infrequently.

Thank to everyone who took part!  I invite you to visit each link below as I have and introduce yourself to many of the participating photographers.

Best Photos of 2016

  1. Jim M. Goldstein – Best Photos of 2016 by Jim M. Goldstein
  2. Randy Langstraat – My Ten Favorite Photos of 2016
  3. Chris Moore – Exploring Light – 2016: A Year in Review
  4. Denis Balibouse – Denis Balibouse Reuters 2016 Photos
  5. Craig L. Howe – A Thousand Words
  6. Michael Russell – My Top 10 Photos of 2016
  7. J. J. Raia – 2016 Jim Goldstein Project
  8. Harold Davis – Harold Davis Best of 2016
  9. Wendy M. Seagren – Wendy Seagren Best 2016 Blog
  10. Stefan Bäurle – Top 10 Favorites of 2016
  11. Phil Slade – Another Bird Blog
  12. Scott Wyden Kivowitz – Best & Favorite Photographs of 2016
  13. Rick Holliday – Best of 2016
  14. Russ Bishop – Russ Bishop | 2016 – The Year in Pictures
  15. Bill Bean – 2016 Favorites
  16. tim fiddimore – Photos 2016
  17. Rachel Cohen – My Best of 2016
  18. Brian Knott – FMKPhoto – 2016 Year in review
  19. Alexander S. Kunz – 12 Favorite Photos from 2016
  20. Monika Chace – 500px Monika Chace 2016 favs
  21. Martin Quinn – Quinn Images – Best of 2016
  22. Jenni Brehm – Changing Perspectives
  23. QT Luong – Year 2016 in Review: Treasured Lands
  24. Greg A. Lato – latoga photography
  25. Fred Mertz – Fred Mertz Photography
  26. Martijn van der Nat – Best of 2016
  27. Bryan Bzdula – Top 25 of 2016
  28. Joseph Smith – 2016 Year in Review
  29. Khürt Williams – Ten Best Images of 2016
  30. Free Roaming Photography – Twelve Favorite Photos from 2016
  31. Peter Carroll – 2016
  32. Chuq Von Rospach – My Best Photos of the Year for 2016
  33. Gary Crabbe / Enlightened Images – My Favorite Landscape Photos of 2016
  34. Johann A. Briffa – 2016: A Photographic Retrospective
  35. Jao van de Lagemaat – Jao’s photo blog: Most memorable images from 2016
  36. Greg Russell | Alpenglow Images Photography – 2016 year in photos
  37. Richard Murphy – Best of 2016!
  38. Jim Stamates – My favorite images of 2016
  39. Brent Huntley – Photography and Travel
  40. Olivier Du Tre – Best of 2016
  41. Scott Thompson – Scott Shots Photography – My Top 10 Tahoe Area Photos of 2016
  42. Martin Nunez – My 12 best photographs of 2016
  43. Kyle Jones – 2016 Favorites
  44. Rob Tilley – Best of 2016 – My Favorite Images of the Year
  45. Pete Miller – Favorites of 2016
  46. Denise Goldberg – top photos : 2016
  47. Mike Chowla – My Ten Best of Images of 2016
  48. Deb Snelson – Favorite Photos of 2016
  49. Glenn Tunaley – Best of 2016
  50. Clint Losee – Top 10 of 2016 – My 10 Best Landscape and Scenic Photos
  51. Neil Bennett – Best of 2016
  52. Alan Majchrowicz – Photo Highlights 2016
  53. Dotty Molt – Best of 2016 – Every Image has a Story
  54. Björn Göhringer – My Top 14 Photos From 2016
  55. Richard Wong – Favorite Photos of 2016 – Richard Wong
  56. Brian Snyder – 10 Best Photos of 2016
  57. Deborah – My 2016 Favorite Images
  58. Phillip Colla – Natural History Photography – Best Photos Of 2016
  59. Richard Cummings – Fine Art America
  60. Todd Henson – Best Photos of 2016 – Todd Henson Photography
  61. Wendi Kennedy Photography – The 10 Best Moments/Photos of 2016
  62. Naomi Creek – 2016 Top 10
  63. MICHAEL KATZ – Michael Katz Photography
  64. Neil Creek – Neil Creek’s Top 10 Photos 2016
  65. Adrian Klein – Best Photos of 2016
  66. T.M. Schultze – T.M. Schultze Website
  67. Ilias Katsouras – Okrivadas
  68. Kevin Ebi – Living Wilderness: Best of 2016
  69. Kurt Lawson – 10 Favorites of 2016
  70. Caleb Weston – Dubland – Caleb Weston Photography
  71. Thomas Yackley – Yackley Photo
  72. Tim Manske – Beyond The Blue Ridge Favorites of 2016
  73. Patricia Davidson – My Top 10 Favorite Photos of 2016
  74. Jon McCormack – 2016: From Istanbul to California’s Sierra Nevada
  75. Tim Aston – Best of 2016
  76. Werner Priller – Favorites/Best of 2016
  77. Rich Greene – My Faves of 2016
  78. Roland Tuley – My 6 Best of 2016
  79. Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston – Top 10 Favorite Images from 2016 – Journey of Light Photography
  80. Melissa Leady – 45journal-2016 Top 10
  81. William Neill – My Favorite Photographs of 2016
  82. David Hunter – Favorites of 2016
  83. Dennis Wister – 2016 Top Picks @ 500px
  84. Gabor Ruff – Natural History Photography – Highlights from 2016
  85. Zolt Levay – Zolt Levay’s Best of 2016
  86. Steve Levi – LEViiMAGES – blog – 2016 Year in Review
  87. SkyVista Photography by Steve Luther – SkyVista Photography Best of 2016
  88. Doug Wiggers – Top 5 Images of 2016
  89. Franka M Gabler – Franka M. Gabler – Favorite Images from 2016
  90. Tom Whelan – Twelve from 2016
  91. David J Grenier – 2016 Top Twelve Photographs of the Year
  92. Drake Dyck – Wild Drake Photography
  93. Morkel Erasmus – Sixteen Scenes from 2016
  94. Mike Christoferson – 2016 – One Month at a Time
  95. Annika Ruohonen – Annika Ruohonen Photography
  96. Derek Fogg – Year in Review – 2016 – Scotland Bottom to Top
  97. Bryan William Jones – Jonesblog
  98. Alan Dahl – 2016 Favorite Photos
  99. Robin Mayoff – RHM Images
  100. Peter Knott – 2016 Favourites
  101. Jackson Frishman – Favorites of 2016
  102. Earl Robicheaux – Naturesetude Top 10 Images of 2016
  103. Mark Hespenheide – 2016-Favorites
  104. Andrew Thomas – USA National Parks 2016
  105. Vladimir Vozdvizhenskiy – 2016 Top 10
  106. Nick Fitzhardinge – 2016 – a review
  107. John Fujimagari – The Stentorian Image
  108. Larry Millican – The Annual Ten
  109. Mike “Mish” Shedlock – Top 15 Iceland
  110. Carl Donohue – Expeditions Alaska
  111. Carol Schiraldi – Best of 2016 – My Top Images
  112. Catalin – My favourite shots of 2016
  113. Frank Klug – Favorite Photos of 2016
  114. Tony Wu – Favorite Photos of 2016
  115. Josh Meier – Best of 2016
  116. Mark Graf – 2016 – A Year of Leaves
  117. Richard Valenti – Best of 2016
  118. Tori Bateman – Tori:B’s Best of 2016
  119. Milan Hutera – 2016 In Pictures
  120. Malcolm Andrews – The Aerial Horizon
  121. Helly Sellers – What a year!
  122. Dean Foster – My Best Photos of 2016
  123. Ron Niebrugge – My Photo Blog – Niebrugge Images
  124. Navin Sarma – Navin Sarma Photography
  125. Daniel Leu – Favorites 2016
  126. Scott Thomas – Views Infinitum
  127. Scott McGee – Under Pressure Photography
  128. Suzy Walker-Toye – My Best Underwater Photos of 2016
  129. Anne McKinnell – Top 10 Landscape Photos of 2016
  130. David Leland Hyde/Landscape Photography Blogger – Favorite Photographs of 2016
  131. Mike Cleron – 2016 Favorites
  132. Lon Overacker – Lon’s Favorites of 2016
  133. Bill Evans – My Favorite Images of 2016
  134. Rob Weir – Rob Weir Photography
  135. Jim Campbell – Best of 2016
  136. Neil Corman – Ten Images from 2016 by Neil Corman
  137. Duffy Knox – Top 10 of 2016
  138. Dayne Reast – 2016 Highlights
  139. Phyllis Whitman Hunter – Phyllis Whitman Hunter Photography
  140. Sara M. Skinner Photography – My Top 10 Favorites of 2016
  141. Steve Cole – The Last Stands – 9 Saved Places
  142. Sue Shuey – Overall Best of 2016
  143. Bob Blesse – Best Images of 2016
  144. Andrew S. Gibson – Creative Exercise: Your Best Ten Images From 2016
  145. James Bruce Schwabach – “Portfolio of Images From White Sands
  146. David Maurer – 2016 Best Photos
  147. Holly Davison – Holly Davison’s Best of 2016
  148. Maxim Nekrasov – Creationings
  149. Sarah Marino – Nature Photo Guides
  150. Ron Coscorrosa – Nature Photo Guides
  151. Paul Rosenblum – 2016 Best 10 Underwater
  152. Dave Wilson – Best of 2016
  153. Colleen Miniuk-Sperry – CMS Photography – Colleen Miniuk-Sperry Photography: Favorite Photos From 2016
  154. Brenda Ahearn – 2016 Favorites
  155. Bryn Tassell – Bryn Tassell Favourites of 2016
  156. Harold Klein – Best of 2016
  157. Robin Black – My 10 Best of 2016
  158. Adam Elliott – My “Best” Photos of 2016
  159. Tommy Lim Kang Wen – Milky Way and Aurora Australis in Lake Tekapo
  160. Photography by Vidya – Best of 2016 by Vidya Narasimhan
  161. Navin Sarma – Navin Sarma Photography
  162. Greg Clure – Best of 2016
  163. Michael Frye – My Top Photographs of 2016
  164. Pat Ulrich – Favorite Photographs of 2016
  165. Stephen L. Kapp – Top 10 Images of 2016
  166. G Dan Mitchell – 2016 Favorite Photographs
  167. Pablo SÌÁnchez – Pablo SÌÁnchez Landscape photography
  168. El Paisaje Perfecto – El Paisaje Perfecto
  169. Deirdre Ryan – My Personal Favorite Images Of 2016

Have a great 2017!

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Best Photos of 2016 by Jim M. Goldstein

06 Jan

As is customary I spend the end/beginning of the year reviewing my best photos of the year. This year I had less time to focus on personal projects than in years past, but one thing that I’ve continued to focus on is making the outdoor experience as fun as possible for my boys who are now 6 and 2. Considering both ask regularly to go camping and explore new areas I’d say that project is a great success. My photo projects as of late have been seasonally focused with most of my “best of photos” taken in the first half of 2016. Unfortunately 2016 wasn’t the best year for our family with much of our travel plans devoted to being with a terminally ill family member who passed in the Fall. 2016 was a bittersweet year to say the least with our outdoor and family travels. With some luck 2017 will be more sweet than bitter.

This year I’ve split my best photos of the year into two categories: Landscape & Nature and Family. On the Landscape & Nature front I’ve continued to use ultra-wide lenses and long exposure techniques. Family photos have been taken with ultra-wide lenses for fun distortion effects and fast 50mm lenses to freeze my blazingly fast kids in action.

With out further delay here are my best of the year…

Landscape & Nature

A moonbow spans across upper Yosemite Falls with passing clouds and Half Dome in view.

A moonbow spans across upper Yosemite Falls with passing clouds and Half Dome in view.

This particular photo was taken on a late night shoot focused on timelapse footage of moonbows at Upper Yosemite Falls. After capturing a few sequences I hiked further up the trail to capture this view before calling it a night at 2 or 3 AM in the morning.

Fog flows through the trees below Mount Tamalpais and over the Pacific Ocean

Fog flows through the trees below Mount Tamalpais and over the Pacific Ocean

Taken as part of a Canon 5D Mark IV camera review on my All Things Photo YouTube channel. This photo was taken with my old Canon 5D Mark II. With a lot of photographers swarming about the hillside I was pleasantly surprised to capture the ghost of one in this long exposure shot.

Morning light on Yosemite Falls amidst rising winter fog - Yosemite National Park

Morning light on Yosemite Falls amidst rising winter fog – Yosemite National Park

Several of my trips to Yosemite in 2016 were family focused. On this trip to see snow in Yosemite valley, photography took a backseat to enjoying the conditions with my oldest son. That said I did sneak in a few DSLR photos and this was one. Later on this very morning I cross paths with several photographer friends taking in a similar view.

Dogwood Blossom, Yosemite National Park

Dogwood Blossom, Yosemite National Park

While I love snow in Yosemite Valley I’m quickly starting to think that April Dogwood blooms are perhaps the most beautiful event in the valley. It’s debatable. This image was taken with a Canon 5DS R during a beautiful Yosemite Dogwood bloom. While not visible in this web sized version of the photo the level of detail the Canon 5DS R provides is amazing.

Fog Rises Above Yosemite Valley

Fog Rises Above Yosemite Valley

I seldom head to Tunnel View with the idea of taking any serious images, but deep in the back of my mind I know that you can never discount what unique weather conditions might yield. For fun I headed to this location with my son so he could take in the view. It didn’t take long to realize the melting snow was creating quiet a show with fog wafting about. I set up a quick timelapse and this is one image from the sequence. I was not disappointed with the resulting footage.



This makes it to the top of my family best photos as it captures the enthusiasm of my oldest son has for being out and about in the snow with me. It’s always fun to view the world through his unfiltered natural curiosity.


I was blown away by the great reaction my youngest son had on his first trip to Yosemite. With in the first 2 hours of our Spring trip he saw deer, waterfalls and giant trees. He could hardly contain himself after seeing deer and the rest of the trip he was reminding me to be quite by saying, “Shhhh! Quiet. Deer.” He also was quick to wake me up at 5am the next day throwing his shoe at my forehead saying, “More outside!”

B age 5 5/6 and G 1 11/12 old

B age 5 5/6 and G 1 11/12 old

Just a fun photo of both my boys running, laughing and being in the moment in San Francisco.


No trip is complete to the snow with out building a snowman.


Introducing my oldest to the concept of forced perspective. Surprisingly he picked up on this quite fast and was pitching ideas for photos at other iconic locations including holding Half Dome in his hand at Glacier Point.


Fun at California Academy of Science with the whole family in their aquarium tunnel.

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Some of the Best Beginner Photography Tips of 2016

04 Jan

Earlier this week we shared some other popular articles from 2016. Check those out here:

  • Top Gear Related Articles of 2016
  • 15 of the Most Popular Landscape Photography Articles of 2016
  • 18 of the Most Popular Portrait Articles on dPS in 2016

Now it’s time to take a look at some photography basics. These are some of the best beginner photography tips we ran on dPS in 2016. If you just got your camera recently, or even for Christmas, these will be a good place for you to dig in and get started.


  • How To Find Your Lens’ Sweet Spot: A Beginner’s Guide to Sharper Images
  • How to Understand the Mysteries of ISO for Beginners
  • Beginner’s Guide to Water Droplet Photography
  • Histograms for Beginners
  • How to Photograph Sun Flares: 14 Tips for Beginners
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Doing Black and White Photography
  • 5 Tips for Getting Started with Wildlife Photography for Beginners
  • 13 Snow Photography Tips: A Beginner’s Guide
  • Beginner’s Guide to Doing DSLR Video Clips
  • An Exercise to Learn and Practice Shutter Speed at Home
  • 12 Common Newbie Photography Mistakes to Avoid
  • 10 Things Nobody Tells Photography Newbies
  • Common Photography Mistakes Newbies Make and How to Avoid Them
  • Camera Modes Explained for Newbies
  • How to Overcome 6 Common Newbie Photography Fears
  • How to Use Exposure Compensation to Take Control of Your Exposure
  • How to Use the Zone System to Learn about Metering and Exposure Compensation
  • Do These 5 Quick Exercises to Learn What Your New Camera Can Do
  • Your Next Purchases After You Get a New Camera



You can also check out our ebook for beginners: Photo Nuts and Bolts.

OR our online course Photo Nuts and Bolts here.

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That’s a lot of reading for you. Tomorrow I’ll dig up some post-processing tips if you think you’re ready to tackle that subject.

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