Liquid Landscapes

Create evocative images from watery surfaces
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
Reflections are the beauty of a childhood imagined. The daydream of life captured in a flash of sunlight and sea sparkle. I dig turning the world on its end, diving inside and outside to peek beneath and beyond the ordinary world I face every day. The dreaminess of a reflection…

Playing With Color

In Photoshop and in Lightroom, as well as in most image-editing apps, we can control the color in our photographs.
By Rick Sammon
In Photoshop and in Lightroom, as well as in most image-editing apps, we can control the color in our photographs. We can increase color by increasing saturation, and we can reduce color by reducing saturation. Increasing contrast can make colors more vibrant, and vice versa, too. Adjusting Levels and Curves…

How To Find A Lens’ Sharpest Aperture

There’s an old photographer’s rule of thumb that states the sharpest aperture on a given lens can be found about three stops from wide open
By William Sawalich
There's an old photographer's rule of thumb that states the sharpest aperture on a given lens can be found about three stops from wide open. That means on a lens with a maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8, the sharpest aperture is likely to be around ƒ/8. In practice, it's different with…

The Great American Camping Trip

So begins certainly one of my favorite parts of the experience: capturing it all through my lens.
Text & Photography By Tracey Clark
Whenever I think about "travel photography," I think of images of sunsets on a tropical island, unusual yet enticing foods placed on platters over vibrant textiles, cobblestone streets flanked by ancient architecture and, of course, the compelling candid shots of the local people. The whole "idea" of travel and the…

Underwater World

As an everyday photographer, I'm drawn to capture the watery reflective mood and shared experience of swimming.
By Meredith Winn
As an everyday photographer, I'm drawn to capture the watery reflective mood and shared experience of swimming. I'm able to do this by taking my camera underwater with me to shoot my family's water play in creative ways. It's not just the vibrant colors I'm able to find in clear…

Photographing Architecture

Tips for making pro-quality images of iconic buildings when traveling
By William Sawalich, Photography By John Linden
Whether your destination is close to home or across the globe, vacation travel presents a chance to photograph interesting architecture. Longtime pro John Linden shares his suggestions for making the most of this unique opportunity. GEAR "On holiday," Linden says, "you don't want the camera to get in your way.…
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