If you're a relatively experienced photographer you probably have a basic understanding of your camera's histogram, the graph that acts as a visualisation of the light in a scene. But it's commonly misunderstood and often misused.
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It can be surprisingly hard to get a decent shot of expansive buildings or architecture. Maybe there are tourists in your photo or your lens isn't wide enough or your picture just won't do the scene justice. For a better shot, focus on detail instead of the big picture.
Your camera's manual exposure settings can be complicated. Rules of thumb are useful for figuring out the right settings to go with. For example, if you're out and about taking street photos, use the f/8 rule for your camera's aperture.
Typically only found in the toolkits of law enforcement and the military, the FLIR ONE smartphone camera gave thermal vision to any consumer with several hundred bucks. But yesterday FLIR revealed a professional version for those who want to use the thermal camera for more than just running around pretending to be a Schwarzenegger-hunting Predator.
Night sky photography is a lot of fun, but it's also challenging. Provided you have the right equipment, it mostly comes down to tweaking your camera settings. And the "500 Rule" can help with that.
iPhone: iOS 10 introduced the ability for third-party apps to shoot and edit in the lossless RAW format. Today, the popular editing tool VSCO adds that support.
You've likely noticed that most city street lights aren't quite pure white. Some emit a warm, orange colour, while others are cold and green. When you're shooting photos that can be an annoyance if you don't want the colours to distract from your scene, but the types of light used are so common that you can easily compensate for them.
It can be hard enough getting the family together at Christmas, let alone getting good photos of everyone. Who'd have thought Christmas tree lights could make the ordeal that much trickier? Turns out if you're not careful, you could end up with a bunch of shots with tree lights that look off or super-bright, ruining your images.
iPhone: Camera+, our favourite camera app on iPhone, gets an update today that adds in the ability to shoot and edit in RAW alongside support for the iPhone 7 Plus dual camera.
There are many ways to take a good photograph: positioning and lighting, compelling subject matter and decent equipment can all play a role. However, it's also possible to boost the quality of your photos via a few simple tricks. With that in mind, here are 21 camera hacks from the Lifehacker archives - from candid photography tips to cheap DIY accessories.