Images With Impact

Techniques to enhance the visual experience of a scenic photo
By Rick Sammon
One of my digital photography workshop participants, Gary Potts, strives to make images with impact. That's an admirable goal, and it's something to add to our photo hit list when we're out shooting. Like Gary, I enjoy making images with impact, but that's not always possible. What's more, not every…

Dramatic Portrait Light

There's an old adage about portraiture: If you want an interesting portrait, don't light the entire subject.
By Rick Sammon
There's an old adage about portraiture: If you want an interesting portrait, don't light the entire subject. In other words, you can create interesting lighting by creating interesting shadows. And when it comes to shadows, keep this adage in mind: Shadows are the soul of the picture. Here's something else…

Black-And-White Magic

I usually give how-to advice in this column, and I'll do that here.
By Rick Sammon
I usually give how-to advice in this column, and I'll do that here. Before we begin talking about the "how" of black-and-white, let's talk about the "why." Here's the original color file from which I created the opening image for this column. I took the shot in Iceland on one…

Quick Fix Fridays: Shadows Are Your Friend

Novice photographers often work very hard to eliminate shadows from the background.
By Rick Sammon
Novice photographers often work very hard to eliminate shadows from the background. Sometimes, that's good. However, shadows can add a sense of depth and drama, and interest, to an image. Case in point: Here you see how the shadows in the background add to the dramatic mood of the photograph.…

Quick Fix Fridays: Use A Telephoto Lens For Landscapes

When it comes to landscape photography, most photographers think wide-angle.
By Rick Sammon
When it comes to landscape photography, most photographers think wide-angle. Sure, wide-angle lenses are great for capturing sweeping vistas. Telephoto lenses, however, are also well suited for landscape photography because they help us "cut the clutter" and frame details in a scene. Telephoto lenses can help us think like a…

Quick Fix Fridays: Get A Move On In The Studio

In studio lighting, you can change the position of the lights, and you can change your shooting position.
By Rick Sammon
In studio lighting, you can change the position of the lights, and you can change your shooting position. Both make a big difference in the end result. Here I changed position, and as you can see, it made a big difference. In the first photograph, my favorite, I am shooting…
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