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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…

The Painterly Image

For most photographers, taking pictures is only a part of the creative image-making process.
By Rick Sammon
For most photographers, taking pictures is only a part of the creative image-making process. The other part, and for some photographers, even the most important part, is enhancing their pictures in the digital darkroom. Image enhancements aren't new. Famed landscape photographer Ansel Adams and noted portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh of…

Quick Fix Fridays: Take a Hike!

Edward Weston, one of the most respected photographs of all time, said, "Composition is the strongest way of seeing." I agree.
By Rick Sammon
Happy Friday! Edward Weston, one of the most respected photographs of all time, said, "Composition is the strongest way of seeing." I agree. When it comes to outdoor photography, I say, "Take a hike (or drive or ride) for creative composition." Let me explain. The opening image for this post…
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