The Beckoning Of Black & White

I was a film photographer long before—and even after—digital photography became mainstream.
Text & Photography By Tracey Clark
I was a film photographer long before—and even after—digital photography became mainstream. Back then, I recall making careful decisions about the kind of film I would need to pack prior to each shoot. My photographic intention had to be deliberate, thought out and carefully planned. I had to make choices,…

One-Light Portraits

In portraiture, there's a temptation for some photographers to use several lights, with the goal of creating a dramatic portrait.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
In portraiture, there's a temptation for some photographers to use several lights, with the goal of creating a dramatic portrait. That can work, for sure. On the other hand, using only one light also can produce some awesome portraits. What's more, it's much easier to work with one light than…

The Big-Glass Effect

I remember my first big telephoto lens.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
I remember my first big telephoto lens. I was living in a small cabin in Alaska, working as a mountaineering guide and living on a shoestring budget. I awoke many mornings to see moose wandering through my yard or sandhill cranes feeding nearby. My Nikon 80-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens was always…

Ultralight

Use multiple exposures and light-painting techniques to create powerfully luminous images
Text & Photography By Eric Curry
If you devour Flickr and YouTube videos on photography, you probably know about the "paint with light" photography technique—it's really more of a lighting technique. For anybody who hasn't stumbled upon this unusual and inspiring form of photography previously, you're in for a wild ride of discovery. During my own…

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…

Be A Storm Chaser

Inclement weather creates dramatic photography opportunities
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
If I had a nickel for every time I decided not to go out in bad weather with my camera, I'd be a rich man. After all, I can hardly resist a good cup of French roast and a fresh blueberry muffin at my local coffee shop. I sit down…
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