Balanced Illumination

Low-light flash photography can be frustrating, especially when you're new to it.
By William Sawalich
Low-light flash photography can be frustrating, especially when you're new to it. Balancing ambience nicely with flash seems like the mark of a masterful photographer, but it's actually fairly easy once you know the basics. The trick to balancing ambient light with your flash is to think of these two…

Exploring Fall Colors

Capturing the essence of autumn and the change of seasons
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
We come inside with dewy shoes and arms full of firewood. The air shifts, the leaves fall, and the farm stands are full of crimson, browns and orange. The cooler wet weather creeps in; we light the first fire in the wood stove and walk slowly into autumn. Welcome to…

Stranger In A Strange Land

When we travel, either to the other side of the world or to the other side of the country, making good people pictures can be a rewarding experience.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
When we travel, either to the other side of the world or to the other side of the country, making good people pictures can be a rewarding experience. Yes, that experience comes with some challenges, but it's pictures of people that make slideshows and web galleries come alive. Strong portraits,…

Liquid Landscapes

Create evocative images from watery surfaces
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
Reflections are the beauty of a childhood imagined. The daydream of life captured in a flash of sunlight and sea sparkle. I dig turning the world on its end, diving inside and outside to peek beneath and beyond the ordinary world I face every day. The dreaminess of a reflection…

The Great American Camping Trip

So begins certainly one of my favorite parts of the experience: capturing it all through my lens.
Text & Photography By Tracey Clark
Whenever I think about "travel photography," I think of images of sunsets on a tropical island, unusual yet enticing foods placed on platters over vibrant textiles, cobblestone streets flanked by ancient architecture and, of course, the compelling candid shots of the local people. The whole "idea" of travel and the…

Photographing Architecture

Tips for making pro-quality images of iconic buildings when traveling
By William Sawalich, Photography By John Linden
Whether your destination is close to home or across the globe, vacation travel presents a chance to photograph interesting architecture. Longtime pro John Linden shares his suggestions for making the most of this unique opportunity. GEAR "On holiday," Linden says, "you don't want the camera to get in your way.…
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