An Everyday Opportunity

How a photo project with purpose and deadlines can ignite creativity
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
Creative inspiration can come in a number of ways. Quite often it hits when we least expect it. There's no denying when it strikes us, when we are reignited with photographic passion to capture the world around us with fresh eyes. But what happens when we don't want to wait?…

Life In Motion

Some of the best photo opportunities aren’t found at your destination, but on the way getting there
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
Welcome to my playground: the space between home and destination. We live in a busy world. Fast-paced and often hurried, we are always in the state of getting from point A to point B. Recreation, work, or everyday life—this is a life in motion. Often, while the big camera is…

Master The Meter

Improve your exposure accuracy with a handheld light meter
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
When the photography world made the switch from film to digital, one casualty of the conversion was the handheld light meter. Those LCDs on the backs of cameras made handheld meters (in the eyes of many, at least) obsolete. But in fact, there's almost as much reason to use a…

How To Use A Large Format View Camera

An introduction to how 4x5 film cameras work
By William Sawalich
I recently sold a camera on eBay. It was a Linhof large format 4x5 studio camera. In the process, a potential buyer emailed to inquire about how to use the camera because his plans were to learn the process of using a view camera with this Linhof. It occurred to…

Learning to See in Black and White

Simple techniques to turn a platitude into a practical bit of photographic advice
By William Sawalich
It's a cliché that even I have used from time to time: to become a better black and white photographer, you've got to start to see the world in black and white. I don't mean moral extremes here. I'm talking about physically interpreting a scene in the unique ways that…

Pro Black & White Printing

Tips for getting the best results when working with a professional photo lab
By Ashley Myers-Turner, Photography By Drew Gurian & Andy Biggs
Before digital, enjoying and sharing photographs meant either slideshows, or more commonly, prints. Printmaking is an art unto itself, and that's no less true in digital photography. Some photographers prefer to master this part of the craft and make their own prints with a fine-art photo printer, but others prefer…
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