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Tips For Ultimate Sharpness

When I teach a workshop, I encourage my students to take the sharpest picture possible.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
When I teach a workshop, I encourage my students to take the sharpest picture possible. Afterward, if they want to soften an image with software for a creative or an artistic effect, that's cool, easy and fun. There are several requirements for getting the sharpest in-camera shot. There are also…

Win A Photo Contest

Whether you're motivated by the great prizes, exposing your images to a big audience of fellow photo enthusiasts or the possibility of being published, entering a competition can be a rewarding part of being a photographer.
By The Editors
Some of the best images we see here at DP come through our contests. Whether you're motivated by the great prizes, exposing your images to a big audience of fellow photo enthusiasts or the possibility of being published, entering a competition can be a rewarding part of being a photographer.…

Portrait Background Basics

One of the most important things you can do to make better portraits is to find, or create, a background free of distraction.
By Wes Pitts
One of the most important things you can do to make better portraits is to find, or create, a background free of distraction. This doesn't mean your backgrounds have to be plain, especially if you're shooting an environmental portrait where context is key. But, generally, you want to find a…

Express Yourself

We use self-portraits to explore a basic question that plagues all of us: Who am I?
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
We use self-portraits to explore a basic question that plagues all of us: Who am I? As early as the mid-1400s, artists began painting themselves onto canvas. With the invention of the camera, photographers began turning the image (and their artwork) inward, as well. Yes, a photograph can tell a…

Make Stunning Floral Images

I like to photograph flowers. In fact, I love to photograph flowers! It turns out that I'm in good photographic company.
Text & Photography By Harold Davis
I like to photograph flowers. In fact, I love to photograph flowers! It turns out that I'm in good photographic company. Flowers are a subject that many people want to photograph. However, photographers often don't know how to approach flowers and macros in a creative way that will show the…

Rock On!

Since the advent of affordable DSLRs, concert and live music photography has become a burgeoning industry for a lot of photographers.
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
Since the advent of affordable DSLRs, concert and live music photography has become a burgeoning industry for a lot of photographers. Right along with the digital camera revolution, the indie music scene also has flourished, and this has opened up the doors for many photographers, both new and old, to…
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