Unexpected Subjects

A year and a half ago, I paused outside the house with the red door just long enough to hang my iPhone out the car window to tap a photo of the realtor's sign.
Text & Photography By Stephanie Calabrese
A year and a half ago, I paused outside the house with the red door just long enough to hang my iPhone out the car window to tap a photo of the realtor's sign. Since then, I've been tightening the loose ends of this 60-something-year-old house into a home—patching plaster…

Winter Wonderland

Tips and inspiration for cold-weather storytelling in a snowy environment
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
When I ventured into my first adult winter in New England, I found myself approaching the season with a certain giddiness and childlike innocence that bordered on naive. What I had forgotten from the winters of my youth was how a snowy world creates a sense of freedom with all…

Delicious Memories

Real-life food photography at home
By Kristin Zecchinelli Of Shutter Sisters
With the booming age of food photography, foodie blogging, cookbooks and food stylists, where does this leave the everyday cook? There's no food stylist in my home, but lots of good food, fresh ingredients and homemade goodness. Don't be intimated by the amazing world of food photography—instead, let it serve…

Making Cookies (The Photographic Kind)

I love cookies. I’m not talking about the edible kind (though I do love those too)
By William Sawalich
I love cookies. I'm not talking about the edible kind (though I do love those too). I'm talking about the kind of cookie that's used in photographic lighting. Its name is short for cucoloris, which is the industry standard device for casting patterned shadows for specific photographic effects. And these…

Quick Fix Fridays: Take a Hike!

Edward Weston, one of the most respected photographs of all time, said, "Composition is the strongest way of seeing." I agree.
By Rick Sammon
Happy Friday! Edward Weston, one of the most respected photographs of all time, said, "Composition is the strongest way of seeing." I agree. When it comes to outdoor photography, I say, "Take a hike (or drive or ride) for creative composition." Let me explain. The opening image for this post…

Build A Speedlight Softbox

When it comes to modifying my speedlight, I’ve always been a bit of a do-it-yourselfer
By William Sawalich
When it comes to modifying my speedlight, I've always been a bit of a do-it-yourselfer. For instance, my favorite flash modifier is a simple white card and rubber band, employed to create a great bounce when the flash is pointed straight up. More important, though, it's dirt cheap and easily…
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