The Painterly Portrait

While studying the painting, I observed the shadow and highlight areas of the painting, as well as the highlights on the girl's hair and arms.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
My guess is that most readers of Digital Photo don't rent a studio for thousands of dollars a month and don't have thousands of dollars invested in studio lighting equipment. Me, neither! That, however, doesn't stop me, and shouldn't stop you from making studio-quality images. All you need is basic…

The Professional Print

With a camera on every smartphone and the explosion of photo capturing and sharing, we're constantly surrounded by images.
By The Editors
With a camera on every smartphone and the explosion of photo capturing and sharing, we're constantly surrounded by images. The typical user of social media is inundated with dozens or even hundreds of images a day taken by friends and family. It's hard to stand out amidst the noise. This…

Split Toning Three Ways

In the days of the darkroom, smart photographers didn’t settle for simply making a pleasing black and white print
By William Sawalich
In the days of the darkroom, smart photographers didn't settle for simply making a pleasing black and white print. They took their silver-halide process one step further and toned prints to make them last longer. This archival processing had an added benefit: the resulting tones—blues from one element, pinks, browns…

Let Patience Yield The Magic

Earlier this year, my daughter and I visited the Magic Kingdom.
Text & Photography By Stephanie Calabrese
Earlier this year, my daughter and I visited the Magic Kingdom. Disney attractions and experiences are being photographed by tens of thousands of visitors each day. The #Disney hashtag alone on Instagram yields more than 13.5 million image posts. What child isn't wowed by the sight of a castle? And…

Lighting For Success

Three simple, classic portrait lighting setups that will generate income
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
When I first started out in my photography career, I shot a lot of different jobs. One day I might be shooting ice climbers, the next day snapping shots of cheesecake dripping in chocolate and the next day photographing moose for a visitor bureau. During this time I started shooting…

From Flat To Fairy Tale

When I teach digital enhancements, I suggest to my students that the subject itself often recommends a certain special effect, filter or plug-in.
By Rick Sammon
When I teach digital enhancements, I suggest to my students that the subject itself often recommends a certain special effect, filter or plug-in. For example, a grunge effect may look great on an image of an old car in a junkyard, but that same effect probably wouldn't look so great…
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