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Learn 3 ways to shoot panoramic photos 

Taking panoramic photos is a popular way to get the widest angle into one picture at a high resolution. This may work to your advantage when shooting landscapes, architecture, interiors, or perhaps even portraits. In this video, we’d like to shed some light on how to shoot these types of panoramas. We’ve tested three methods of shooting panoramas–hand-held, with a tripod, and using a panoramic tripod head. Take a look at the differences between these three methods and see which one we liked the most. 

Photography in the trenches of war – 5 famous war photographers 

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more dangerous and precarious genre of photography than war photography. The photographer often goes so far as to risk their own life for their work. You may ask yourself why these photographers go to such lengths and what good may come of it.  A rather poignant response is given by one of the most compelling war photographers of all time, James Nachtwey: “I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated.” This response is simultaneously a strong appeal for humanism that can be found in the work of many photographers who work in combat zones. 

Mechanical vs. electronic shutter: what are the differences and which one should you use?

Analog technologies are becoming digital. Rolls of film have been replaced by an electronic sensor, and moving mirrors are also slowly becoming obsolete. Yet, there is still one last remaining bit of the past to be replaced: the shutter. The technology here has not yet reached the necessary heights to go completely digital, so there are cameras that allow you to choose between a mechanical and an electronic shutter for each image. Each has its own pros and cons.

Finding inspiration in the life and work of Viktor Kolar

The Prague Spring brought Viktor Kolář to Canada at the age of 27. He didn’t want to live under the Communist regime that would force him to lie. Though he was already a photographer at the time, as a foreigner, he needed to earn a living with the physically demanding and dangerous work in the molybdenum mines in the mountains 400 miles from Vancouver. A few years later, when he was well on his way to becoming a renowned photographer, he decided to return as an unknown emigrant to his native Ostrava. For the remainder of his life, he left his mark on Ostrava with his black and white images.

Get inspired! Halloween portrait photography and edits

Halloween is one of those photographic opportunities that we most look forward to. It’s a creative and imaginative time full of costumes and jack-o-lanterns. That’s why this year we’ve put together for you a Halloween-inspired photoshoot with a witch, her broomstick, and pumpkins. 

6 most common photography problems and how to resolve them 

Every photographer runs into some troubles with their photos, especially when they’re just starting out. Their pictures aren’t perfectly sharp, they’re too dark, or have too much noise. No matter how much we try, there’s always something to fix. Whether the focus is off, there’s noise, or your composition isn’t perfect, you can quickly resolve these issues using Zoner Photo Studio X. We’ve selected 6 of the most common mistakes and will show you how to fix them.  

Plus-size portrait photography (and more)

Portrait photography of anyone is a complex process which is closely connected to psychology and requires communication, empathy, and an awareness of beauty. The photography of plus-size models is no exception. It’s important to be aware of what is beautiful, be discrete, and acknowledge that the wrong decision can have bigger implications than we intended. 

VIDEO: Symmetry with Zoner Photo Studio X

Whether you want to emphasize the main subject of your photo or get better composition, a symmetrical shot may be what you are looking for. Taking a symmetrical photo on the spot is not always possible, but you can quickly and easily correct this later on your computer. In this video, we will show you how you can use various tools in Zoner Photo Studio X to help you achieve perfect symmetry.