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…

Step Up Your Light

Speedlights and on-camera flashes have become so advanced that many photographers are using them as primary studio and location lights.
By David Willis
Harbor Digital Design Ultimate Light Box Diffuser ProPack Speedlights and on-camera flashes have become so advanced that many photographers are using them as primary studio and location lights. Thanks to wireless communication, multiple flashes can be used together in several groups to produce very sophisticated lighting setups. Just as adding…

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!…
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