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…

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."
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{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…

Knockout Black & White

What exactly draws photographers to the black-and-white image?
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
What exactly draws photographers to the black-and-white image? We have the ability to re-create a scene almost exactly as it existed, yet we still continue to create images in black-and-white. Color television was invented and became affordable for everyone to own, and the black-and-white television set was rendered obsolete. At…

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.…

Quick Fix Fridays: Shadows Are Your Friend

Novice photographers often work very hard to eliminate shadows from the background.
By Rick Sammon
Novice photographers often work very hard to eliminate shadows from the background. Sometimes, that's good. However, shadows can add a sense of depth and drama, and interest, to an image. Case in point: Here you see how the shadows in the background add to the dramatic mood of the photograph.…
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