Master Your Camera Meter

Whether we shoot on auto or manual, we all share something in common: the TTL meter. It makes or breaks every exposure.
By William Sawalich
Whether we shoot on auto or manual, we all share something in common: the TTL meter. It makes or breaks every exposure. Digital SLRs utilize “through-the-lens” light metering; what you see through the viewfinder, you meter. TTL is reflective, measuring the amount of light bouncing off a subject. It’s accurate,…

Point-Of-View Photography

“Tom, what’s the main thing you think about when you’re shooting mountain biking?”
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
“Tom, what’s the main thing you think about when you’re shooting mountain biking?” Josh, a workshop student, asks. I’m teaching a photo workshop on adventure sports in Maine, and today we’re photographing mountain bikers. “I want the viewer to be a part of the action,” I reply. “I want the…

A Way With People

David Stoecklein has a knack for putting people at ease and posing them naturally.
By Kim Castleberry, Photography By David Stoecklein
David Stoecklein has a knack for putting people at ease and posing them naturally. When he walks onto a ranch or some other Western setting, he knows exactly what he has to do first. He doesn’t start, as you might expect, by searching for the best available light—that comes second.…

Flash Basics

An easy way to get started is to get a piece of foam board about 2x3 feet in size. This is a readily found size, and it’s small enough to easily use.
By Rob Sheppard
Light is basic to photography, obviously. When the light isn’t at its best, it’s a serious challenge. Poor light consistently makes potentially good photos go bad. One strategy for success is to use flash. Yet, using flash can be challenging, as well. It can be bold and beautiful, but also…

Wedding Rescues

When it comes to personal photographs, some of the most important images are those taken on a wedding day.
By Rick Sammon
When it comes to personal photographs, some of the most important images are those taken on a wedding day. That puts pros, as well as weekend wedding photographers, under a lot of pressure to get the shot. In all the excitement of the day, pros and weekend shooters can make…

Gel The Light

Early in my career, I assisted numerous studio photographers to learn more about lighting.
By Tom Bol
Early in my career, I assisted numerous studio photographers to learn more about lighting. I wanted to master the secrets of capturing those stunning portraits and technical location shots. I soon realized two important things were happening in creating these images. First, the flash was being modified by umbrellas, softboxes,…
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