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Black-And-White Magic

I usually give how-to advice in this column, and I'll do that here.
By Rick Sammon
I usually give how-to advice in this column, and I'll do that here. Before we begin talking about the "how" of black-and-white, let's talk about the "why." Here's the original color file from which I created the opening image for this column. I took the shot in Iceland on one…

Learning to Light Shiny Objects

What happens when you try to photograph a reflective surface such as glass, chrome or gold?
By William Sawalich
What happens when you try to photograph a reflective surface such as glass, chrome or gold? Simple: you end up photographing whatever is visible in the reflection. If you point your camera straight into the bathroom mirror, for instance, you'll take a picture of your own reflection, right? The same…

Snow Photography Tips

Here are five keys to success when working in snow
By William Sawalich
1: Snow creates a fundamentally unique lighting situation that requires extra exposure care. First understand that the exposure will easily be one stop brighter than the same scene would be on a normal sunny day without the snow. It's because of all the light reflecting from all those snow-covered surfaces.…

Climbing Downtown Boston

"I'm never going to climb this tower again," says McNally. "I'm never going to have this opportunity again, so I want this to come to completion all the way through."
DPMag
{mp4}epson/videos/1-3-EPSON_BTS_FS_Building_McNally{/mp4} High above the heart of downtown Boston, photographer Joe McNally makes a hair-raising climb atop the antennae tower of the Prudential Building, the tallest building in this historic city, standing 52 stories and 907 feet above the busy streets below. Shooting for Epson's "Finish Strong" campaign gave McNally this…

How To Buy A Lens

What lens should I buy?
By William Sawalich
A photography student recently asked me the million-dollar question: "What lens should I buy?" She wanted to add to her budding camera kit, and she was hoping beyond hope—as most folks who ask this question are—that I would simply answer with the perfect, magical equipment choice. "You need the Argonaut…

The Landscape Of Black-And-White

Living in a Southern California beach community comes with a lot of things, or perhaps better said, a lot of trade-offs.
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
Living in a Southern California beach community comes with a lot of things, or perhaps better said, a lot of trade-offs. We get the splendor of the Pacific Ocean, and we get the huge population that wants to enjoy it. We get moderate—okay, beautiful—weather all year long, and we get…
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