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…

Go Deep

About five or six years ago, the term "bokeh" started getting batted around a lot in the photography community.
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
About five or six years ago, the term "bokeh" started getting batted around a lot in the photography community. Bokeh became one of the most overused buzzwords of the decade, and now just about every online discussion or review of a lens discusses the phenomena of bokeh at length. Bokeh…

Winter Wonderland

Tips and inspiration for cold-weather storytelling in a snowy environment
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
When I ventured into my first adult winter in New England, I found myself approaching the season with a certain giddiness and childlike innocence that bordered on naive. What I had forgotten from the winters of my youth was how a snowy world creates a sense of freedom with all…

Exposure Solutions: Balance Backlight

Backlight can produce beautiful results for portraiture if you know where to take your meter reading—and, if you call upon a reflector.
Text & Photograpahy By Bryan Peterson
Backlight can produce beautiful results for portraiture if you know where to take your meter reading—and, if you call upon a reflector. One nice quality of backlight is the illumination at the edges of your subject's hair, creating a warm and healthy appearance. Shoot backlit portraits when the sun is…
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