High-Contrast Light

When we first learn to compose portraits, we discover how well soft light works on faces.
By William Sawalich
When we first learn to compose portraits, we discover how well soft light works on faces. Big, soft sources—windows, softboxes, umbrellas—deliver beautiful, diffused light that hides skin flaws like wrinkles and blemishes. The next thing we know, we're using soft light for all of our portraits, and why wouldn't we?…

Stage A Photo Series

I have long had a fascination with what's known as the "highwheel" bicycle, a novelty from a bygone era.
Text & Photography By Britton Black
I have long had a fascination with what's known as the "highwheel" bicycle, a novelty from a bygone era. My first encounter with one of these magnificent bicycles was at a young age in the town of Minocqua, Wisconsin, where a local sports shop had one displayed in its front…

Use Your Head

One of my goals as an adventure- sports photographer is to convey the tension and adrenaline that goes hand in hand with participating in these sports.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
One of my goals as an adventure- sports photographer is to convey the tension and adrenaline that goes hand in hand with participating in these sports. What does it really look like when you catch big air on a snowboard in a superpipe? How does it feel to ride a…

Make A Splash

When I teach photo workshops, one of the most common questions is, "How can I improve my images?"
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
When I teach photo workshops, one of the most common questions is, "How can I improve my images?" This is a big question, with a lot of answers. For some participants, the answer is working on a specific technique, such as using a tripod to capture tack-sharp images. For others,…

Control Extreme Contrast

Cameras today do such a good job with exposure that we start expecting them to do great with every scene.
Text & Photography By Rob Sheppard
Cameras today do such a good job with exposure that we start expecting them to do great with every scene. But sooner or later, you'll run into a scene that causes you and the camera problems. You don't get an exposure that gives the results you need. That's disappointing. EXPOSE…

Competitive Edge

10 tips to help you shoot sports like a pro
By William Sawalich, Photography By Mike Powell
Sports photography is one of those disciplines that can be practiced almost anywhere at almost any time. Whether you're covering the Olympics across the globe or your daughter's soccer game just across town, the principles—and challenges—have a lot in common. Photographer Mike Powell has 25 years of experience shooting sports…
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