Workflow, Start To Finish Part 3

Backup is the stuff of nightmares, or dreams, depending on how you back up.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
Backup is the stuff of nightmares, or dreams, depending on how you back up. As with all workflow, backup will vary from photographer to photographer based on shooting habits, computer systems, work environment and your own conscience. But with all things considered, backup has one end goal: If your hard…

Dramatic Portrait Light

There's an old adage about portraiture: If you want an interesting portrait, don't light the entire subject.
By Rick Sammon
There's an old adage about portraiture: If you want an interesting portrait, don't light the entire subject. In other words, you can create interesting lighting by creating interesting shadows. And when it comes to shadows, keep this adage in mind: Shadows are the soul of the picture. Here's something else…

Layers Of Emotion

Each year, I choose one word to guide me through the year.
Text & Photography By Stephanie Calabrese
Each year, I choose one word to guide me through the year. It's a self-reflective practice I began five years ago, inspired by Ali Edwards and her "One Little Word" blog posts (aliedwards.com/2013/12/one-little-word-2014.html). Unlike a resolution, my one-word intention can't be broken. Much like a compass, it guides me, particularly…

Shot In The Dark

It has never been easier to create stunning astral photos. Here's how.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
"I can't see anything in my viewfinder." "What's the symbol for infinity focus?" "How do I turn on my long-exposure noise reduction?" "What white balance should I use?" A barrage of questions is hurling my way in the frozen, ink-black night. I'm teaching a photo workshop, and we couldn't resist…

The Positives Of Negative Space

Consider the space surrounding your subject for more dynamic compositions
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
As photographers, we often get so involved in selecting, positioning and composing for the subject that we can forget the unrelated factors that have just as much of an impact on the composition as the main subject itself. In many cases, the often forgotten element is the negative space. Negative…

Discovering Magic

I've always enjoyed shooting out of focus (on purpose) for images that feel more like dreams than reality.
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
It's amazing to me that after all these years immersed in the world of photography, I still find myself stumbling onto techniques—both technical and creative—that I never knew existed. I guess it shouldn't surprise me, considering I'm neither a school-taught photographer nor an avid manual reader, and have always subscribed…
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