Reflections

Be delighted by what can emerge in the layered world of visual echoes
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…

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…

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…

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 Prime Lens Kit

How (and why) to select key prime lenses for your camera system
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…

Travel Like A Pro

"Now boarding, US Airways flight 708 to Munich, Germany. All passengers please proceed to gate A20."
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
"Now boarding, US Airways flight 708 to Munich, Germany. All passengers please proceed to gate A20." I'm kicking back in my seat in the International A Terminal at the Philadelphia airport, casually reviewing some notes on Florence, Italy. I'm leading a workshop there for Strabo Photo Tours, and I'm connecting…
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