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…

Exposure Solutions: Sharp Action

There is, perhaps, nothing more satisfying than an image of action frozen in crisp, sharp detail, allowing us the time to scrutinize and analyze every nuance—down to the smallest speck.
Text & Photography By Bryan Peterson
Arising early one morning in Maui, I came upon a spot where both big waves and surfers were now arriving. After traversing down a somewhat narrow path along a rather steep cliff, I found the perfect shooting spot. Within the hour more than 20 surfers had accepted the challenge offered…

Memories In The Making

Using photography to tell the most important story
Text & Photography By Tracey Clark
Remembering As I continue to document the life of my family, I often think about what it's all for. Photography is a creative outlet and I use it to communicate with a single image what is meaningful to me, but I also know that there's something probably even more important:…

Five Classic Lighting Recipes

As much as I like to experiment when it comes to lighting, there are times I need the sure thing.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
As much as I like to experiment when it comes to lighting, there are times I need the sure thing. Wouldn't it be great to know five lighting techniques that always work and create a variety of looks? Techniques a beginner could master in a short time with minimal gear?…

Time Collapse

During my studies for my Graphic Design diploma, Photography 101 was a required course, and that was the start of my passion for photography.
Text & Photography By Matt Molloy
Human Tornado. This "timestack" is made from 340 photos of myself drumming, merged into one image. The interval between shots was 1 second. It was a low-light situation, so I cranked up the ISO to get a quicker shutter speed (1/5 of a second). I had previously tried a longer…
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