A look back at the topics, trends and techniques that photographers found useful this year
As 2019 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the most popular articles from the year, including a guide to focus stacking, some must-have non-camera accessories, tips for getting the best in camera exposure, restoring and digitizing old photos and more.
Wishing you happy holidays and a creative new year in 2020!
1. Camera Mode: Aperture...
From August 13 through October 1, we received 1,772 submissions from 364 individuals who entered our 2019 Tell Us Your Story photo contest, and now, we’re thrilled to announce the winners! Although it was difficult, our panel of judges managed to narrow down the finalists to three prize-winning images. Below is the gallery of winners: Read more…
From August 13 through October 1, we received 1,772 submissions from 364 individuals who entered our 2019 Tell Us Your Story photo contest, and now, we’re thrilled to announce the winners! Although it was difficult, our panel of judges managed to narrow down the finalists to three prize-winning images. Below is the gallery of winners:
In this first of a three-parts series, Amy Touchette describes how photographers can do a better job of publicizing themselves and their photography
By Amy Touchette
Being photographers and not entrepreneurs, a challenging area for many of us is how to create work that doesn’t just live on our hard drive, but actually gets out there and interacts with the world. To do this, use the following lists of questions, which are the first set of steps to consider as you embark on gaining publicity.
Decide Who Your Audience...
Be sure to catch this fine-art show before it closes this Sunday, December 8, 2019
By Terry Sullivan
Garry Winogrand, Untitled (Houston, Texas), 1964
By now, you’ve most likely heard about Garry Winogrand’s exhibition of his color work at the Brooklyn Museumin New York City. But the exhibition is only up until this Sunday, December 8. So if you haven’t gone to see it yet, I highly recommend that you do.
It’s an exceptionally designed exhibition,...
Use these seven tips when considering the right tool to capture your street photography
By Amy Touchette
When Oskar Barnack and Ernst Leitz invented the Leica 35mm camera in 1924, many street photographers happily put aside their large format cameras for its compact, unobtrusive body and fast captures.
But now, almost 100 years later, the array of equipment that’s viable on the street has grown exponentially, both technically and creatively. If you’re...
In this YouTube video, Mads Peter Iversen breaks down why he relies so heavily on his 24-105mm zoom lens
I recently found this video by Mads Peter Iversen while researching popular focal ranges for zoom lenses and thoroughly enjoyed what he put together. In this video, Iversen breaks down why he relies so heavily on his 24-105mm zoom lens. His explanations and illustrative photos are quite wonderful and, if I’m being honest, it has me considering whether...
Follow these steps to fine-tune your artist statement and make it the best it can possibly be
Once you’ve written your artist statement, you’ll want to fine-tune it to make it the best it can possibly be. Follow these steps:
Compare your draft to your project and to your practice as a photographer.
Do the ideas and details portray you and your photography authentically? Delete those that don’t.
Do any of the images in your series...
Communicate your project and personal vision in your artist statement with these writing tips
An artist statement conveys not just what our images say, but all the things they can’t, by their very nature, say. It’s also a way to communicate our project and personal vision to others who aren’t privy to our thoughts and creative process. It tells people in our industry that we are serious, dedicated; that we’ve put time into thinking...
The importance of the quality and direction of light when it comes to composing your photo
Sony a7R III | Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
160 sec. at f/8.0; ISO 400
August 24, 2019
Cedar Breaks National Monument, UT
It’s hard not to overstate just how important the quality and direction of light is when it comes to composing your photo. While there are lots of ways to create beautiful photos during the middle of the day, when the sun is at its...
Because when we write about our photographs, we’re forced to express what they portray and what compelled us to make them
We see the world in visual terms and we express ourselves through visual art. Had we wanted to express ourselves with words, we would have become writers, right? And yet, crafting an artist statement or writing about our work in some form, for one reason or the other, is inevitably asked of us.
The good news is that any discomfort or frustration you...