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,…

Control Extreme Contrast

Cameras today do such a good job with exposure that we start expecting them to do great with every scene.
Text & Photography By Rob Sheppard
Cameras today do such a good job with exposure that we start expecting them to do great with every scene. But sooner or later, you'll run into a scene that causes you and the camera problems. You don't get an exposure that gives the results you need. That's disappointing. EXPOSE…

Competitive Edge

10 tips to help you shoot sports like a pro
By William Sawalich, Photography By Mike Powell
Sports photography is one of those disciplines that can be practiced almost anywhere at almost any time. Whether you're covering the Olympics across the globe or your daughter's soccer game just across town, the principles—and challenges—have a lot in common. Photographer Mike Powell has 25 years of experience shooting sports…

Fireworks On The Fourth

The Fourth of July is the holiday most suited to photographers.
By William Sawalich
The Fourth of July is the holiday most suited to photographers. It's during one of the warmest months of the year, most festivities occur outdoors, and just after dusk, the sky fills with colorful flashes of light. Armed with basic gear and a little bit of know-how, photographing fireworks is…

Thinking In Black & White

Good black-and-white photography isn't about removing color from a color photo.
Text & Photos By Rob Sheppard
Good black-and-white photography isn't about removing color from a color photo. You could do that, but most of the time, the image won't turn any heads. That's why the Grayscale and Desaturate commands in Photoshop products are of little value to anyone who's after good black-and-white work. Black-and-white photography is…

Wireless Flash

What's the best way to improve your flash photography?" This is the most frequently asked question when I teach my flash photography workshops.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
Two SB-900s were aimed at this skateboarder while he rested, and the flashes were triggered by an SU-800. High-speed sync was critical. I used a Nikkor PC-E 45mm tilt-shift lens at ƒ/2.8, and the soft focus was necessary to add mood to the shot. The proper shutter speed to get…
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