Soft Focus And The Global Village

Add style and dimension to your travel images with this versatile, often-misunderstood technique
Text & Photography By Jim Cornfield
Travel seems to be a compulsion with serious photographers. We’re a horde of camera-toting gypsies, wandering our shrinking, relentlessly more familiar planet, the so-called “global village,” searching for some fabulous piece of geography that hasn’t already been photographed to death. There are, of course, scores of useful approaches to making…

Landscapes And The Soulful Photographer

Simple steps to help you focus and refine your landscapes
Text & Photography By Alessandra Cave
“When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my mind’s eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.” —Ansel Adams Spending time…

Paint Your Own Custom Portrait Background

The big-time pros use hand painted backgrounds, now the rest of us can too
By William Sawalich
There are several prominent commercial portrait photographers who I’ve noticed rely on an advantage over the rest of us: they have beautiful, custom-painted portrait backgrounds. Sure, there are plenty of background options from a number of resellers, and at a variety of affordable price points. But as is so often…

Athletes And Their Environment

Using the great outdoors and the natural world to humanize athlete portraits
Text & Photography By DL Byron
It was like glitter had been thrown on the climb—shiny, bright bikes and multicolored jerseys sparkling between mileposts on Las Flores Canyon Road outside Malibu, California, while the Rally Cycling professional Continental cycling team warmed up at spring training camp. On assignment to document the start of the team’s season,…

Weather Permitting

Use both expected and unexpected changes in the weather to create striking, more intimate images of your subjects
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
Shooting in the great outdoors can be a challenging, yet rewarding creative endeavor. No matter the genre of photography—portraits, lifestyle, landscapes, etc.—working amidst the elements can be as labor-intensive as setting up an entire studio shoot, but in a totally different way. Photographers working outdoors are up against a great…

Adding Copyright Information In Camera

Your ownership information can be embedded directly in EXIF metadata from the moment of capture. Here’s how.
By William Sawalich
I’m a big believer in using every technological advantage possible. So that means that if I can use EXIF metadata to embed all sorts of information in my image files, well then I’m definitely going to take advantage of that. One of the most practical uses of image metadata is…
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