Classic Portrait Light

Learn these traditional lighting patterns to create the ideal effect for every face
By William Sawalich
When learning to craft beautifully lit portraits, there's no better place to start than with classical lighting patterns. These lighting setups have laid the foundation for portraiture since long before photography existed, when master painters relied on them for ideal illumination of the face. There are four traditional lighting patterns:…

Dynamic Portraits

Add visual excitement by introducing moving elements
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
I love creating portraits. There's just something about making that connection with my subject that sends chills up my spine. But sometimes I want more. How can I improve this portrait? What can I do to create more mood and feeling in the shot? How can I liven up a…

A Travel Story

10 Tips for capturing the bigger picture of your photo adventures
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
As photographers, we're storytellers. Even a single photograph can tell a story. A series of photographs can tell a more detailed story, however, revealing different chapters of one's experience, if you will. That experience might be a photo safari to Africa, a photo tour of a national park, a photo…

Breaking Habits

Get out of your comfort zone to grow creatively
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
It's very easy to develop habits and get stuck in a photographic rut. This process can be so gradual that you may not even realize or notice that you're stagnating creatively. Your pictures can look perfectly fine, but you may have stopped growing and advancing as a photographer without even…

Photo Experience

Classes, tours and workshops offer valuable instruction and insights to sharpen your skills
By Ashley Myers-Turner
Whether you're a total beginner or an experienced pro, there's always something new to learn in photography. Practice is essential, learning through trial and error, but you can fast-track your improvement by interacting with other photographers, sharing difficulties and successes, and getting feedback from expert instructors. Whether you prefer to…

Ground Control

Exploring aerial photography with DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision+
Text & Photography By Ryan Noll
Drones are a hot-button topic. It seems every few days there's a new story considering the implications, good or bad, of aerial photography and videography, not to mention the contentious debate pertaining to the legality of using them commercially. But, really, with so much chatter about drone use, what's it…
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