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…

Quick Fix Fridays: Use A Telephoto Lens For Landscapes

When it comes to landscape photography, most photographers think wide-angle.
By Rick Sammon
When it comes to landscape photography, most photographers think wide-angle. Sure, wide-angle lenses are great for capturing sweeping vistas. Telephoto lenses, however, are also well suited for landscape photography because they help us "cut the clutter" and frame details in a scene. Telephoto lenses can help us think like a…

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…

The Black & White Print

Making a great black-and-white print starts with a good subject and composition, spot-on exposure and skillful postprocessing, but it doesn't stop there.
By Wes Pitts
Making a great black-and-white print starts with a good subject and composition, spot-on exposure and skillful postprocessing, but it doesn't stop there. To make a truly exhibition-quality print, whether for display in a gallery or in your home, you'll need the right printing tools and techniques, too. Becoming a great…

Subjects That Move You

When they boarded the bus for our first shoot at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the boys had skateboards in hand.
Text & Photography By Stephanie Calabrese
When they boarded the bus for our first shoot at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the boys had skateboards in hand. Scuffed up and loud with color, each board was unique. Before the mobile photography workshop began, I had been thinking about potential shoot destinations. The Botanical Garden was an easy…

Workflow, Start To Finish Part 2

In the first part of this three-part workflow series, we looked at downloading and browsing images after your shoot.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
In the first part of this three-part workflow series, we looked at downloading and browsing images after your shoot. With your images downloaded into your database, the next step is image optimization. One important point should be made right at the beginning. I don't optimize all of my images. I'll…
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