Myths, Misinformation & Misunderstandings
Well-meaning reporters and marketing hype all contribute to problems in communicating digital information
True, you can learn things about digital cameras and photography everywhere-your local newspaper, newsmagazines, prestigious financial papers and much more. Digital photography has become so popular that everyone is getting into the act. Yet the quality and accuracy of that information isn't always what it could be. I've I've read articles about equipment or technology PCPhoto has covered and scratch my head. Are they talking about the same things we are?
Back To School
Enrich and expand your photography knowledge through workshops
So you want to learn more about photography or perhaps hone the skills you've already acquired. This is great news! It demonstrates your passion for the craft and a yearning for knowledge and creativity. With a variety of photography workshop organizations around the country, there are many classes available, all of which are geared to boost your technical expertise and open your creative eye.
Trade Tricks: Hot, Cool And Continuous
Studio lighting the easy way Stop wondering. While strobes throw out a short burst of light, continuous lights provide a constant output that allows you to see where your light is going. You don't have to constantly check your image via LCD screen or computer monitor to make sure the light is hitting your subject and you can make adjustments before capture.
Trade Tricks: Street Life
Create beautiful photographs in your own community
One of my own favorite photographs happened by chance. My wife and I were leaving a movie theater, exiting into a street that had been nearly empty only a few hours before. Now, there were several thousands cheering and dancing around in celebration. It took me a few minutes to remember that the World Cup soccer match was being held at the Rose Bowl. From the lyrical chanting of "Brasil! Brasil!" I quickly knew who had won.
Fill Your Frame With Story
Use the expansive perspective of wide-angle lenses to put your portrait in context
Having started my career assisting two professional photojournalists, I quickly realized that powerful images could be created by using a wide-angle lens. Photojournalists love using this type of lens because of its ability to capture a subject closely while showing the expanse of his or her environment.
10 Tips For Better Night Photography
The secrets to getting great shots at night are revealed
Night photography is one of those aspects of photography that always gets attention. People love to see night scenes—that mysterious mix of ambient light and city lights. The challenge is to compose them well.
Battling camera shake? Camera and lens manufacturers lend a hand.
It's true: If the camera moves during an exposure, the resulting image won't be sharp; and if you handhold the camera, it will move during exposure. Some people can hold a camera more steadily than others, and faster shutter speeds reduce the effects of camera shake, but some shake—and thus some unsharpness—is always there with a handheld camera. The higher the magnification and the longer the exposure time, the more blurred a handheld image will be.
Global Digital Explorer
Photographer Jeff Hall infuses his travel photography with context and story
The day had been a long and painful one for Jeff Hall. It had started with the amateur photographer full of anticipation because he and his traveling companions were going to have the opportunity to visit a Berber camp in Morocco. An ethnic group in northern Africa, the Berbers offered the promise of some exciting photographs. Hall likely had images of Lawrence of Arabia flashing in his mind as he mounted his mode of transportation, a camel.
How-To Fundamentals: Image-Stabilization Options
Once you try it, you can't go back
I admit it: I'm an addict; I'm hooked on image-stabilized shooting. Once you try it, you can't go back. Fortunately, for me—and all photographers who shoot handheld—there now are a number of "fixes" available: Canon, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma and Sony all offer stabilized gear, with more on the way.
10 Top Digital Camera Shooting Tips
Shoot it right from the start and get better images for use in the computer
While everyone knows Photoshop is a marvelous imaging tool for photographers, in some minds it has been transformed into a magic wand, with powers beyond imagination—you don't have to shoot the image perfectly initially because you can always fix it in the computer. As good as the digital darkroom is, the old acronym about computers is still important to remember: GIGO (garbage in, garbage out). Paying attention to the craft of taking the picture is also about using Photoshop and other image-processing software, because how you first capture your subject tremendously affects what you can do in the computer and how you do it.
Experts On Their Own Lives
Students use digital cameras to document their world
Kids are easily our most frequently photographed subjects. The shutter release button is depressed innumerable times as they take their first steps, perform at a recital, dress up for prom or fall asleep with their head resting on the family dog. Parents, relatives and friends eagerly capture these moments of their lives.
But what happens when these kids are given the opportunity to document their own lives?