Behind The Scene Modes

Understand what happens “under the hood” when using subject-specific automatic modes
By Mike Stensvold
Your camera's Scene Modes automatically adjust important camera settings for typical subjects and situations. Most entry-level DSLRs and many midrange models have Scene Modes, as do the new mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras and most compact digital cameras. For those learning the art of photography, these modes can help you better understand…

Tips For Better Video Sound

The very first thing to learn about working with audio is that it can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be.
By David Willis
The very first thing to learn about working with audio is that it can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be. The microphones built into HD DSLRs are a convenient audio source for photographers just getting started with video on their still cameras. These internal…

High-Contrast Light

When we first learn to compose portraits, we discover how well soft light works on faces.
By William Sawalich
When we first learn to compose portraits, we discover how well soft light works on faces. Big, soft sources—windows, softboxes, umbrellas—deliver beautiful, diffused light that hides skin flaws like wrinkles and blemishes. The next thing we know, we're using soft light for all of our portraits, and why wouldn't we?…

Stage A Photo Series

I have long had a fascination with what's known as the "highwheel" bicycle, a novelty from a bygone era.
Text & Photography By Britton Black
I have long had a fascination with what's known as the "highwheel" bicycle, a novelty from a bygone era. My first encounter with one of these magnificent bicycles was at a young age in the town of Minocqua, Wisconsin, where a local sports shop had one displayed in its front…

Use Your Head

One of my goals as an adventure- sports photographer is to convey the tension and adrenaline that goes hand in hand with participating in these sports.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
One of my goals as an adventure- sports photographer is to convey the tension and adrenaline that goes hand in hand with participating in these sports. What does it really look like when you catch big air on a snowboard in a superpipe? How does it feel to ride a…

Make A Splash

When I teach photo workshops, one of the most common questions is, "How can I improve my images?"
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
When I teach photo workshops, one of the most common questions is, "How can I improve my images?" This is a big question, with a lot of answers. For some participants, the answer is working on a specific technique, such as using a tripod to capture tack-sharp images. For others,…
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