Room For Improvement

Don’t give up on an image when one element or another isn’t cooperating—consider transforming color photos to monochrome
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
Being intentional with my photography is always in the forefront of my mind. My creative process, like many artists, often includes careful consideration and a lot of forethought. In my professional work, that can translate into plotting, planning and time-consuming setup. I can recall working in the studio, capturing portraits…

The Deliberate Divide

The rules of composition are fundamental to creating great photos—and any great art
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
When it comes to photography, I’m big on storytelling. I know that part of why I’m drawn to capturing photographs is because of the stories that can be told through the beauty and wonder of the ordinary. Ironically, of all the photography classes and lessons I’ve taught (both online and…

An Everyday Opportunity

How a photo project with purpose and deadlines can ignite creativity
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
Creative inspiration can come in a number of ways. Quite often it hits when we least expect it. There's no denying when it strikes us, when we are reignited with photographic passion to capture the world around us with fresh eyes. But what happens when we don't want to wait?…

Look To The Sky

As a backdrop or even your main subject, explore “skyscapes” to add a different perspective to your scenic photography
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
No matter where I go, no matter what I do, I find myself shooting skyscapes again and again. My location makes no matter. The sky, to me, never looks the same way twice; vast, expansive, clear, cloudy, blue, pink or even ombré (my favorite), the sky can be a source…

A Creative Push

See what happens when you leave your comfort zone
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
For me, photography started off as a job, not a hobby. It doesn't happen like that for everyone. I've more often heard stories of how the passion for photography came long before making it a profession. But, landing a photography position right out of college, and quite by accident, I…

Shooting Back

In the absence of facial expressions, context and gesture make the portrait
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
When striving to capture truly expressive portraits, focusing on facial expressions may seem like the most effective approach, and it certainly can be. But there are a number of other ways to shoot evocative, emotional images totally void of any facial expressions. As a matter of fact, you don't need…
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