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…

Have Camera Will travel

Almost every photographer takes travel images.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
"What I would do," I explain to Richard, a workshop participant, "is capture a variety of angles. Try walking completely around the Moai statue and shooting every perspective." I'm teaching a photo workshop with Photo Quest Adventures on Easter Island, and we're spending our first day exploring. Fighting jet lag…

Natural-Light Portraits

The majority of David Stoecklein's images are captured with raw natural light, which instills his photography with a cinematic look and a timeless feel, despite being captured with a modern digital camera.
By David Willis, Photography By David Stoecklein
The majority of David Stoecklein's images are captured with raw natural light, which instills his photography with a cinematic look and a timeless feel, despite being captured with a modern digital camera. Stoecklein's talent at harnessing the power of natural light brings drama and atmosphere to his images, and at…

Speed Flash

I still remember the day I first used high-speed sync flash.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
I still remember the day I first used high-speed sync flash. I was shooting mountain bikers on desert slickrock in Moab, Utah, and I was having a bad day. I was frustrated about getting motion blur every time I took a shot and used flash. Motion blur looked nice on…

Night Photography Tips

Night photography can be quite a challenge. After all, you're chasing light that's barely there, and you have to work your camera in the dark.
By William Sawalich
Night photography can be quite a challenge. After all, you're chasing light that's barely there, and you have to work your camera in the dark. You can solve the latter problem with a flashlight, but you need skills to handle the photographic hurdles. Keep reading for a breakdown of equipment…

Photos That Sell

A logical progression for aspiring photographers or part-time pros is creating images that sell in today’s marketplace.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
"Bill, make sure ?you jump far enough; I don't want you to land on me," I half-jokingly tell my climbing partner as he carefully stacks the rope at the edge of the crevasse. As if jumping across a huge crevasse isn't enough, I continue to direct Bill. "Stretch out so…
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