Photoville Photography Festival, Sept 12-22, 2019

What makes this photo event so unique is that it’s completely free to the public
Image of Photoville: © Jessica Bal for United Photo Industries Photoville, one of the most well-liked photography festivals in the U.S., opens Thursday, September 12, at 4pm. Located beneath the Brooklyn Bridge in the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, Brooklyn, Photoville is in its 8th year running. Last year alone, over 95,000 visitors attended,... Read more

An Epic Little $20 Lens

Not all great photography gear has to cost a fortune
An epic little $20 lens
One of my favorite Youtubers out there has to be Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter. Whereas most people on the platform chase all of the newest, shiniest and priciest gear on the market, Caleb takes a different approach by warming his audience up to alternative gear to consider. This video is no exception and I absolutely love it. In it, Caleb shares... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Change Things Up

After shooting a particular scene, remind yourself to move on and look at things differently
Sony a9 | Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM 1/50 sec. at f/14; ISO 100 October 4, 2017 Grand Teton National Park Whenever I’m leading a workshop, I keep an internal timer while monitoring what my students are up to. For the most part, they do a good job of regulating their time at any given location, but every now and then, they need a gentle reminder... Read more
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“Jay Myself” Is An Insightful Film About Photographer Jay Maisel By Stephen Wilkes

A new film explores a master photographer, who left his unique home in New York City after nearly a half-century.
I recently watched Jay Myself, a documentary film about the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 35,000 square-foot, 100-year- old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Sold for over 50 million dollars, it was the largest... Read more

Tips For Photographing Cuba, Part 2

More tips to help you get the most out of photographing in this amazing country
Tips For Photographing Cuba, Part 2
Recently, I shared the first half of my tips for photographing the beauty that Cuba offers. To recap, the first tip had you consider ditching the neck strap to make it easier to maneuver your camera while also helping you blend into your surroundings (and look like less of a tourist). Next, I suggested experimenting with different focal lengths, allowing... Read more

Photographing When It’s Forbidden

When is it okay to lie to get the pictures you want?
In a previous post, we discussed Lewis Hine’s mission and photography. Hine (1874-1940) was a photographer and a sociologist who employed photography as an agent of change. A photograph was a document, an object of proof, that showed people the reality of the social injustices plaguing the world, and he did whatever it took to get the pictures he... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Drone Photography

Adding depth to aerial photos
Anatomy Of A Photo: Drone Photography
DJI Mavic 2 Pro 1/10 sec. at ƒ/9; ISO 100 December 16, 2018 Oregon If there’s one principle that applies as much in the air as it does on the ground, it’s that layers and a strong foreground are critical, especially when photographing at wide focal lengths. One of the failings that I see most with drone photography is that depth is absent. These... Read more

Lewis Hine: Photographing For Social Reform

Learn how this visionary used photography as a documentary tool in order to effect change
“Glass works. Midnight. Indiana.” by Lewis W. Hine. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, National Child Labor Committee Collection. [LC-DIG-nclc-01151]  One of the many remarkable powers of photography is that it can be used to right social injustices. American photographer and social reformer Lewis Hine (September... Read more

Preparing For Portfolio Reviews: Words Of Wisdom From Michael Foley, Part 2

Learn what distinguished gallery owner Michael Foley considers important in a portfolio review
Michael Foley, School of Visual Arts, MPS Digital Photography Critique Class Everyone knows it’s all about who you know. But how do you facilitate meeting people, outside of personal contacts and chance encounters at industry events? The answer is: You attend portfolio reviews. I continued my conversation with Michael Foley, owner of Foley Gallery... Read more

Using A Telephoto Lens To Get A Wide-Angle Shot

Don't discount the ability to get a wide composition simply because you have a long lens mounted on your camera
Using Telephoto Lenses To Get Wide-Angle Shots
A few evenings ago, I was sitting at my computer when I looked outside and realized that the sunset was going to be especially beautiful. According to Siri, I had about an hour before the sun would set, which meant that I had to be in my Jeep within 5 minutes if I were to have any hope of finding a suitable location to shoot. It also meant that I had... Read more