Creating Truly Seamless Studio Backgrounds

Paper sweeps are great studio backgrounds, but incorrectly placed lights can bring out textures and inconsistencies in the seamless.
By William Sawalich
When shooting indoors with a seamless paper background most photographers want to achieve a pure seamless background. It might be white or gray or black or blue or almost any color under the sun, but what it can’t be is a patterned or mottled paper. Yet sometimes seamless paper backgrounds…

Tasty Angles

Where to place your camera for inviting photos of food
Text & Photography By Christina Peters
Do you have trouble figuring out what camera angle to use for your food shots? I find that, with the students I teach, this is a common problem. When I first started teaching, I would do a demo in class, where I set up my camera while my colleague, who…

Below The Surface

Explore the creative possibilities of underwater photography
Text & Photography By Elena Kalis
Ten years ago, seeking to extend my traditional art background, I picked up a camera and an underwater housing and started "playing in my backyard" with my young daughter as my model. I was also lucky to live nearby clear, warm water, and soon became fascinated by what I found.…

Bearing Witness

Sometimes photos aren’t enough to capture a moment. Photographer Jason Watts helps families document unique periods in their lives. 
By Tracey Clark, With Jason Watts, Photography By Jason Watts
One morning in mid-August, as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, a stunningly simple vintage-style portrait of a young boy caught my attention. The words written across the image, posted by photographer Jason Watts, read, “Bearing Witness.” That image and those words stirred my very soul. I was only…

Travel Lighter To Shoot Smarter

Fully mobile photography has changed the game for travel photographers—find out how it can make your shoots better, too
Text & Photography By DL Byron
For the entire history of photography, photographers have strived to make the process of capturing an image more portable and more instantaneous. The camera obscura (literally, “dark room”), the precursor to what we know as a camera, was actually a room with a pinhole in it. That’s as immobile as…

Focusing On Nature

What happens when a portrait photographer turns her eye to the discarded elements in her environment? Images of objects that feel like portraits.
Text & Photography By Jen Lemen
As a photographer, I’ve always been determined to find the kind of hope that illuminates a frame. My eye is trained to see tiny things—the impossible ray of light, the most subtle gesture, the glance that says it all. I love trying to capture the human spirit in my lens;…
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