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The ISO Advantage

I recently returned from photographing brown bears along the Katmai coast of Alaska.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
I recently returned from photographing brown bears along the Katmai coast of Alaska. I was leading a workshop for Photo Quest Adventures, and we had more than 20 bears at a time on the beach. I’ve been returning to the same area for more than 10 years and have captured…

Choosing The Perfect Light Modifier—12/28/09

In the battle for light modifier supremacy, can either the softbox or umbrella ever be declared the victor?
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This Article Features Photo Zoom In the battle for light-modifier supremacy, can either the softbox or umbrella ever be declared the victor? At the risk of breaking the artificially-induced tension: No. It turns out that both umbrellas and softboxes each reign supreme when it comes to softening light. Each achieves…

Perfect White Balance—12/21/09

Holidays are a time when families gather, making it an ideal opportunity for family portraits.
DPMag
This Article Features Photo Zoom Correct Wrong When you look at the histogram on the back of your digital camera after capturing an image, most of the time, by default, you’re looking at luminance values—an indication of the brightness values across the scene. Many cameras, though, also offer the ability…

Better holiday portraits—12/14/09

Holidays are a time when families gather, making it an ideal opportunity for family portraits.
DPMag
This Article Features Photo Zoom Holidays are a time when families gather, making it an ideal opportunity for family portraits. One of the nicest places for a family portrait is outside, but since winter weather isn’t always ideal, it’s often best to keep the shoot indoors. Sure there are challenges,…

Choosing the right reflector—12/07/09

Reflectors are important whether you’re working in studio with several lights or outdoors with a single fill card augmenting the sun.
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This Article Features Photo Zoom Reflectors are important, whether you’re working in a studio with several lights, or outdoors with a single fill card augmenting the sun. They can be used as a subtle fill for just a hint of detail, or as the main illumination in a scene. No…

Simple starburst special effects—11/30/09

Earlier this year, when working on a story about high-ISO shooting, I learned of a benefit of the newest generation of low-noise/high-ISO cameras.
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This Article Features Photo Zoom Earlier this year, when working on a story about high-ISO shooting, I learned of a benefit of the newest generation of low-noise/high-ISO cameras. It was photographer Tyler Stableford who pointed out to me that not only did high-ISO shooting make it easier to shoot in…
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