Photography Tips and Tricks

Photography Tips and Tricks #2: Always Check Your SD Cards Before Shooting

Fuji X-Pro1 SD Card
Don’t let that happen to you.

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Yes. I know what you think. Dead obvious ridiculous. I used to laugh at that advice too, until the day I forgot my own SD card in my computer for a 2 day trip. 

How-To's Photography Travel Photography

12 Ways to Improve Your Travel Photography from Start to Finish

Grand-Place, Brussels
Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium

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Before, during and after you go on a trip, there are a few things to consider to improve your pictures as a photographer, no matter where the place is. Why do some people seem to get crappy shots, others seem to have loads of postcard shots while some people take off to the beaten path with creative shots? How can I get those iconic shots while still maintaining creative control on what you shoot?

Editor’s note : This article originally appeared over at The Phoblographer. They were kind enough to let me publish my guests posts over here at Photograph IO. Thanks!

Photography Tips and Tricks

Photography Tips and Tricks #1: Use Auto ISO for Better Results

Manhattan at Night

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There used to be a time where people had to shoot with tripods during daytime, when ISO 50, 25 or even below were common values for film speeds. But of course, digital changed everything. You no longer had to change a whole roll of film to change your film speed (aka ISO sensitivity), since the sensor itself could adjust its sensitivity all by itself.

Photo Essays Photography Street Photography

Photo Essay : New York Flashbulb Street Photography

New York City
Bike at night

Some may call it agressive, in the face, street photography, but when you’re in a city that is equally aggressive in using its lights to shine its nightscape, I think “flashbulb street photography” is well suited for the nightscapes of NYC. Obviously, a flash and slow shutter speed are necessary to achieve that look, but a detailed article on how to achieve this effect is coming soon (in fact, it is already scheduled for posting). Keep tuned to Photograph IO via Facebook and Twitter for the latest details! 

Essays and Opinion Other Photography

Follow-Up on Your Kit Lens is an Excellent Lens

Seattle Skyline
Taken with a kit lens.

The Internet is truly amazing. Not even a day after writing an article on why your kit lens is an excellent lens, the article made the front page of Reddit photography and got over 10 000 views and counting overnight and nearly crashed my shared hosting server with that massive amount of bandwidth, haha. But apart from the views, I’ve also seen quite a few interesting comments and questions (both good and bad) over at Reddit and I thought I might give my take on a few of them.

Essays and Opinion Other Photography

Your Kit Lens is an Excellent Lens

The Nikon 18-55mm VR

As the saying goes, quality lenses are a lot more important than good bodies when it comes to investing in camera gear. They last longer, retain their value more, and have more utility overall than, say, buying the latest DSLR that will become obsolete in 3 to 5 years. But if you are into photography for the first time, you’ll likely buy an entry level camera that comes bundled with an inferior, even crappy, kit lens. Or is it? Do you really need quality gear to take good pictures? Spend thousands of dollars on red/golden rings lenses?

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Photo Essay : The Underground Metro of Montreal

Montreal Metro
Look in front of you

To my American and global readers : maybe some of you know Montreal for its European flair untypical for a North American city; maybe some of you know Montreal because of the Expo 67, or the Olympics, or even for its poutine (French fries with gravy sauce and cheese), for those of you who have tried it. But behind a seemingly ordinary (or not-so-ordinary) French city in Canada lies one of North America’s most technologically advanced subway systems, the Métro de Montreal (Montreal Metro). No, this isn’t the New York Subway.


Canon vs Nikon : The Rivalry (Infographic)


Some of my friends and fellow photographers over at Flickr have asked me what is my take on the great Canon vs Nikon debate. Instead of writing a standard post, I thought it would be a great idea to share it under the form of an infographic. Although I currently use a Fuji X-Pro1 and a Nikon D5100 as my main bodies, I respect Canon just as much and have used their excellent gear in the past, and I (hopefully) have made the following infographic the most neutral and impartial possible, analyzing with facts and data.

Advanced Photography Techniques Other Photography

Understanding and Mastering Lens Compression


This will be the first article in a series of photography tips techniques meant for the intermediate and advanced amateur photographer. Check the rest of them here.

One of the most misunderstood concepts in photography is the compression effect resulting from various focal lengths. Understanding the mechanics behind it and how it works is an essential thing to do if you are already understand the basics behind exposure, composition and wish to furthermore improve your photography.

First of all, before explaining how to use “lens compression” in various photography cases, let’s define what is and what isn’t focal length compression.

How-To's Other Photography

How to Get Popular on 500px

How to get popular on 500px
Jasper Lake at Sunrise

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Ok, I know, I know, before you are even going to read my first paragraph you are probably wondering … why in the world am I giving other people, many who are better in photography than me, advice on how to get popular on 500px? How can someone who isn’t even that popular on 500px give advice to others? If you bear with me for a second, I’ll explain myself.

First off, although I may only have about 11 000 views on all of my pictures, it is only spread out among 12 pictures. That gives around 900 views per picture, which is certainly well above the average photo uploaded on 500px. Every photo of mine uploaded has made the popular chart, and all but two of them have hit the 90 pulse mark, with a few of them hitting 95 and higher, all that without having a lot of followers. So that makes me an above average, but certainly nowhere near top, uploader on 500px, I guess.