Sharpness Is Essential

Tools and techniques for perfect focus
By William Sawalich
If you're going to make money with your photography, you absolutely have to make sure your images are sharp. I don't mean the kind of sharpness that comes from postprocessing; I'm talking about the real thing: tack-sharp focus, no motion blur, no camera shake. Cameras are so good these days,…

The Beauty Of Available Light

When many people think of a professional portrait photographer, this often conjures up images of someone like Richard Avedon, darting around frantically with a light meter, taking readings from all different angles in a high-paced and frenetic setting at a large industrial space.
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
When many people think of a professional portrait photographer, this often conjures up images of someone like Richard Avedon, darting around frantically with a light meter, taking readings from all different angles in a high-paced and frenetic setting at a large industrial space surrounded by a myriad of assistants, different…

Shot In The Dark

It has never been easier to create stunning astral photos. Here's how.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
"I can't see anything in my viewfinder." "What's the symbol for infinity focus?" "How do I turn on my long-exposure noise reduction?" "What white balance should I use?" A barrage of questions is hurling my way in the frozen, ink-black night. I'm teaching a photo workshop, and we couldn't resist…

The Positives Of Negative Space

Consider the space surrounding your subject for more dynamic compositions
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
As photographers, we often get so involved in selecting, positioning and composing for the subject that we can forget the unrelated factors that have just as much of an impact on the composition as the main subject itself. In many cases, the often forgotten element is the negative space. Negative…

Knockout Black & White

What exactly draws photographers to the black-and-white image?
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
What exactly draws photographers to the black-and-white image? We have the ability to re-create a scene almost exactly as it existed, yet we still continue to create images in black-and-white. Color television was invented and became affordable for everyone to own, and the black-and-white television set was rendered obsolete. At…

Wild Exposures

Multilayered silhouettes that explore new territory in self-portraiture
Text & Photography By Dru Lester
Creating multiple exposures is a trend that's getting a lot of attention in the photography world lately. I've seen multiple-exposure photographs pop up everywhere, from Flickr to 500px, and I really love the way they look. These images, created by combining multiple images into one, can be done in-camera with…
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