Posts by Nicholas Donner

Nicholas Donner
I am a Washington, DC based photographer and artist. After studying graphic design in California (when I wasn't surfing or mountain biking) and starting a successful freelance business, I turned my attention to photography. Over the last 5 years I've built up a portfolio that includes portraits of star athletes and musicians, several magazine covers, destination and US weddings, landscapes, and architectural photos. I still love learning new things about light and composition and trying out new technology and software. And I love sharing my knowledge with people who are also interested in photography.

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Photography Friday: How to Pick a Camera

Canon CamerasIf you are reading this post, I’m going to assume that you are at least somewhat serious about photography. You are the person who has progressed past using a cell phone camera or point-and-shoot and are ready to challenge yourself. You will end up wanting to buy a DSLR or at least something with manual controls and interchangeable lenses, like a mirrorless camera. Here are some factors you should consider when choosing your next camera. Read more »

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Building Blocks of the Photographic Process: Aperture

Understanding ApertureThis is the second of four posts and will cover aperture. Aperture is simply the size of the opening in the lens that lets light into the sensor. Inside your lens are blades that create a circular opening, letting light go from one end of the lens to the other. You can open them up to let more light though or close them down to let less light through. Read more »

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High Dynamic Range Photography

High Dynamic Range photography is a fun technique that has been made fairly easy by the software that processes our digital images. Even if you’ve never heard of HDR images, you’ve seen them. They are the hyper-realistic and super-contrasty photos that really pop. You can make these images using specialized software and you can even make them on your iPhone! Read more »

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Photography Friday: Photographing Glass Bottles

Glass BottlesProduct photography is a large section of the photography market and knowing how to photograph glass is an important tool to have when working with products. I think glass bottles are a good place to start because they are common items and you can do very cool things with them once you understand how to properly light glass. Read more »

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Photography Friday: 10 Tips for Photographing Buildings

Photographing BuildingsThere are many different uses for a good working knowledge of building photography. At the simplest level, you may want to capture memories of the places you visit on vacation, which many times include historic or culturally significant buildings. At the most complex, you may be interested in architectural photography and showing off the design details of structure in an artistic manner. Either way, some tips are ahead to get you started on photographing buildings. Read more »

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File Formats for Digital Photography

File Formats for Digital PhotographyIn this post, I’m going to go over the most common file formats you are likely to use in your digital photography adventure. These explanations will be simple, as you can imagine the detailed technical information is beyond what most people need to know. So, here’s the fast and easy version of the top five file formats you will use. Read more »

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Speedlights for Beginners: Using On-Camera Flash

Using SpeedlightsAfter investing in a DSLR and a decent lens, most people’s next purchase is a speedlight for their camera: those small hotshoe mounted flashes. Adding a flash to your photographs can be an exciting way to change the look and feel of your work and, in some cases, can be the only way to get a decent shot. In this post, discover how to use your on-camera flash and some techniques to get the most out of it straight out of the box. Read more »