Fireworks On The Fourth

The Fourth of July is the holiday most suited to photographers.
By William Sawalich
The Fourth of July is the holiday most suited to photographers. It's during one of the warmest months of the year, most festivities occur outdoors, and just after dusk, the sky fills with colorful flashes of light. Armed with basic gear and a little bit of know-how, photographing fireworks is…

Thinking In Black & White

Good black-and-white photography isn't about removing color from a color photo.
Text & Photos By Rob Sheppard
Good black-and-white photography isn't about removing color from a color photo. You could do that, but most of the time, the image won't turn any heads. That's why the Grayscale and Desaturate commands in Photoshop products are of little value to anyone who's after good black-and-white work. Black-and-white photography is…

Wireless Flash

What's the best way to improve your flash photography?" This is the most frequently asked question when I teach my flash photography workshops.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
Two SB-900s were aimed at this skateboarder while he rested, and the flashes were triggered by an SU-800. High-speed sync was critical. I used a Nikkor PC-E 45mm tilt-shift lens at ƒ/2.8, and the soft focus was necessary to add mood to the shot. The proper shutter speed to get…

Experiment With Shutter Speed

One of the challenges of photography is figuring out how to make a still moment come to life.
By Kim Castleberry With Bryan Peterson, Photos By Bryan Peterson
One of the challenges of photography is figuring out how to make a still moment come to life. We all know that the camera's shutter speed and lens aperture determine how much light falls onto your camera's image sensor. But shutter speed is also one of the most powerful tools…

Green Screen For Photographers

Chris Borgman is a New York-based photographer with a knack for crafting wild and whimsical images.
By William Sawalich, Photography By Chris Borgman
Chris Borgman is a New York-based photographer with a knack for crafting wild and whimsical images. He does this with a tremendously creative imagination and help from technology. He often photographs subjects and backgrounds separately, compositing them together in post. "It all started out very innocently many moons ago," Borgman…

Lighting Makes The Difference: Fill In The Light

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to go right?
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to go right? I’m in the middle of one right now, as I photograph a beautiful model in the midday Colorado sun. I can’t find a decent image in this photo shoot. It’s not my subject’s fault—she looks like…
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