Use A Hard Light For Portraits With Pop

The rules of portraiture say you have to use soft light to make your subjects look their best
By William Sawalich
The rules of portraiture say you have to use soft light to make your subjects look their best. While it's true that soft light (from diffused sources like windows and softboxes) is definitely flattering for faces, it can also be somewhat boring when it's not used carefully. So sometimes I…

Seeing The Light

We all want to get the very best in-camera exposure, and a good exposure is all about correctly capturing light, the main element in every photograph.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
We all want to get the very best in-camera exposure, and a good exposure is all about correctly capturing light, the main element in every photograph. That said, your idea of the best exposure might be different from mine because, for one reason, you may prefer photographs that are a…

Remote Control

Controlling your camera remotely is useful in a variety of situations, from macro photography to group portraits to positioning your camera in places where you can't comfortably be.
By Wes Pitts
CamRanger Wireless Camera Control Controlling your camera remotely is useful in a variety of situations, from macro photography to group portraits to positioning your camera in places where you can't comfortably be. While remote controls for cameras aren't new, the smartphone has made it possible to do a lot more…

Ground Control

Exploring aerial photography with DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision+
Text & Photography By Ryan Noll
Drones are a hot-button topic. It seems every few days there's a new story considering the implications, good or bad, of aerial photography and videography, not to mention the contentious debate pertaining to the legality of using them commercially. But, really, with so much chatter about drone use, what's it…

Photo Experience

Classes, tours and workshops offer valuable instruction and insights to sharpen your skills
By Ashley Myers-Turner
Whether you're a total beginner or an experienced pro, there's always something new to learn in photography. Practice is essential, learning through trial and error, but you can fast-track your improvement by interacting with other photographers, sharing difficulties and successes, and getting feedback from expert instructors. Whether you prefer to…

HDR Basics

Rescue detail in high-contrast scenes with this simple technique
By Wes Pitts, Photography By Kevin McCoy
There's a common misunderstanding about what HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography actually means. HDR is often confused with tone mapping, a technique that simulates an extended dynamic range by "mapping" tone values of each pixel to surrounding pixels, reducing contrast in an image while brightening and saturating colors. It's a…
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