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.…

The Painterly Portrait

While studying the painting, I observed the shadow and highlight areas of the painting, as well as the highlights on the girl's hair and arms.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
My guess is that most readers of Digital Photo don't rent a studio for thousands of dollars a month and don't have thousands of dollars invested in studio lighting equipment. Me, neither! That, however, doesn't stop me, and shouldn't stop you from making studio-quality images. All you need is basic…

Lighting For Success

Three simple, classic portrait lighting setups that will generate income
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
When I first started out in my photography career, I shot a lot of different jobs. One day I might be shooting ice climbers, the next day snapping shots of cheesecake dripping in chocolate and the next day photographing moose for a visitor bureau. During this time I started shooting…

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.
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…
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