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Step Up Your Light

Speedlights and on-camera flashes have become so advanced that many photographers are using them as primary studio and location lights.
By David Willis
Harbor Digital Design Ultimate Light Box Diffuser ProPack Speedlights and on-camera flashes have become so advanced that many photographers are using them as primary studio and location lights. Thanks to wireless communication, multiple flashes can be used together in several groups to produce very sophisticated lighting setups. Just as adding…

Envision The End Result

You know, it doesn't take much to turn a snapshot into a great shot.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
You know, it doesn't take much to turn a snapshot into a great shot. Most of the time, envisioning the end result—what you can do in the digital darkroom—is the key. Hey, if it worked for Ansel Adams (using film and the wet darkroom), it can work for you, too!…

Build A Primes Lens Kit

In the almost distant past, the prime lens was de rigueur.
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
In the almost distant past, the prime lens was de rigueur. Just about every SLR from the late 1930s up until the mid-1970s was equipped with a 50mm prime lens. Then manufacturers started to include zoom lenses as part of the kit because it afforded entry-level photographers more bang for…

Seven Tips For Awesome Road-Trip Pictures

Comedian Steven Wright said, "Everything is within walking distance, as long as you have time."
By Rick Sammon
Comedian Steven Wright said, "Everything is within walking distance, as long as you have time." A variation of that quote: "Everything is within driving distance, as long as you have time." If you have the time, road trips are a great way to see, experience, enjoy—and of course—photograph roadside America…

Add Some Flare!

Shooting toward a light source reduces the overall contrast and color saturation of your image.
By J. Dennis Thomas
Shooting toward a light source reduces the overall contrast and color saturation of your image. It underexposes your subject if you set the exposure for the background and overexposes the background if you set the exposure for the subject and the effect introduces odd color and shape artifacts in your…

Reflections

Over the many years I've been a photographer, I've experimented with a number of creative techniques.
Text & Photography By Tracey Clark
Over the many years I've been a photographer, I've experimented with a number of creative techniques. I began shooting film, way back when, and learned how to use the darkroom in college. I experimented with the basics, and then less mainstream techniques like double exposure to add an element of…
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