Discovering Magic

I've always enjoyed shooting out of focus (on purpose) for images that feel more like dreams than reality.
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
It's amazing to me that after all these years immersed in the world of photography, I still find myself stumbling onto techniques—both technical and creative—that I never knew existed. I guess it shouldn't surprise me, considering I'm neither a school-taught photographer nor an avid manual reader, and have always subscribed…

The Landscape Of Black-And-White

Living in a Southern California beach community comes with a lot of things, or perhaps better said, a lot of trade-offs.
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
Living in a Southern California beach community comes with a lot of things, or perhaps better said, a lot of trade-offs. We get the splendor of the Pacific Ocean, and we get the huge population that wants to enjoy it. We get moderate—okay, beautiful—weather all year long, and we get…

Delicious Memories

Real-life food photography at home
By Kristin Zecchinelli Of Shutter Sisters
With the booming age of food photography, foodie blogging, cookbooks and food stylists, where does this leave the everyday cook? There's no food stylist in my home, but lots of good food, fresh ingredients and homemade goodness. Don't be intimated by the amazing world of food photography—instead, let it serve…

The Essence Of Place

Move past the obvious and obligatory to make more expressive images
By Andrea Corrona Jenkins of Shutter Sisters
When I was 18, I traveled to Japan to tour with a dance company. I had also just been formally introduced to photography in a studio art class and had fallen head over heels in love with it. As excited as I was to perform in a foreign country, I…

From The Window Seat

With no expectations or agenda, I literally watched as the world went by and periodically snapped pictures of the mysterious and multifaceted skyscapes from my window seat.
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
Rereading a story I shared in the Shutter Sisters book Expressive Photography, I was reminded of the exact moment I fell in love with photographing views from an airplane window. "On a recent flight from New York back to Los Angeles I found myself easing into the idea of a…

A Perspective Least Expected

Early on in my career as a photographer, I found certain things that I most enjoyed about the job.
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
Early on in my career as a photographer, I found certain things that I most enjoyed about the job. Creating images for clients that had an artistic flare, evoked emotion and, most of all, captured what I call a "perspective least expected." In portrait photography, expression is everything, it's true,…
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