Contemplating Black & White

Five photographers share their unique perspectives on the medium
By Tracey Clark
Black-and-white photography is totally distinct from color photography. There's a poignancy to black-and-white images that's palpable. Maybe it's because, when color is stripped away, so, too, are distractions. Perhaps the lack of visual interference allows other elements to take center stage. Light, shadow, texture, line and shape all seem to…

Dynamic Portraits

Add visual excitement by introducing moving elements
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
I love creating portraits. There's just something about making that connection with my subject that sends chills up my spine. But sometimes I want more. How can I improve this portrait? What can I do to create more mood and feeling in the shot? How can I liven up a…

High Key

To emphasize the eyes in these portraits, Victor Valero uses precise lighting and postprocessing to deliver high-key glamour
By William Sawalich, Photography By Victor Valero
When Vancouver-based commercial photographer Victor Valero held a casting call for a shoot in Mexico, he encountered a model who inspired him to embark on a visual journey exploring the intensity of eyes. They have the ability to transform a photograph, as evidenced by these images that are a part…

A Travel Story

10 Tips for capturing the bigger picture of your photo adventures
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
As photographers, we're storytellers. Even a single photograph can tell a story. A series of photographs can tell a more detailed story, however, revealing different chapters of one's experience, if you will. That experience might be a photo safari to Africa, a photo tour of a national park, a photo…

Classic Portrait Light

Learn these traditional lighting patterns to create the ideal effect for every face
By William Sawalich
When learning to craft beautifully lit portraits, there's no better place to start than with classical lighting patterns. These lighting setups have laid the foundation for portraiture since long before photography existed, when master painters relied on them for ideal illumination of the face. There are four traditional lighting patterns:…

Breaking Habits

Get out of your comfort zone to grow creatively
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
It's very easy to develop habits and get stuck in a photographic rut. This process can be so gradual that you may not even realize or notice that you're stagnating creatively. Your pictures can look perfectly fine, but you may have stopped growing and advancing as a photographer without even…
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