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...
From individuals to property owners, find out under what circumstances you need model and property releases
When do you need to get a model release?
Is the person in the photograph identifiable? If no, you don’t need a model release.
If the person is identifiable, ask yourself:
Is the image being used to advertise a product or service? If yes, get a model release.
Is the image being used to further the interests of a business? If yes, get a model release.
Because if you can’t find your images, then they are as good as not taken
Any professional photographer will tell you that the time they spend on administrative tasks is probably double the time they spend actually photographing. Ranked most important among those administrative duties is the ongoing management of their digital archive. Because if you can’t find your images, then they are as good as not taken.
Apple Keynote is a great alternative to Adobe After Effects or Apple Motion for motion graphics for Final Cut Pro X, Premiere, Resolve or any NLE
If you’ve been wanting to make awesome animated lower thirds, animated callouts, title sequences and more, but don’t have the chops or want to learn Adobe After Effects or Apple Motion, then Apple Keynote may be the solution for you. Check out this tutorial on how to go from Keynote to Final Cut Pro X (or Premiere or Resolve), and see what...
Letting your mind explore without any expectations can help you get out of a creative funk
I suspect that more than a few of you will be able to relate to this story, and that’s exactly why I want to share it. I was recently in a pretty big creative funk that I couldn’t shake. That tends to happen whenever I find myself having to be creative on a deadline and the ol’ muse just isn’t cooperating. I just couldn’t get into a groove...
The final interview with the photographer about her journey across Nigeria
By Amy Touchette
The train reaches Zaria around midnight and the station is mainly deserted. Photo by Glenna Gordon.
In August 2015, photojournalist Glenna Gordon was commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to photograph her 720-mile train journey across Nigeria, from Lagos to Kano, for its first-ever Voyages issue. (You can read part one and part two of this series.)
Creating an eight-image pano with a ZEISS prime lens
Sony a7R III | ZEISS Batis 2.8/135
1/320 sec. at f/2.8; ISO 100 | 8 images pano-stitched
August 10, 2019
It’s rare that I’d ever head off anywhere, even locally, without bringing at least one camera and lens with me. I may not bring filters or a tripod, but I’ll always carry a camera with me, just in case. Usually, I’ll change which lens...
Photojournalist Glenna Gordon talks more about her journey across Nigeria in this second of a three articles
By Amy Touchette
Aisha Lawan, the little girl in the red dress, takes the train from Lagos to Ibadan with her family. Photo by Glenna Gordon.
In August 2015, photojournalist Glenna Gordon was commissioned by The New York Times Magazine to photograph her 720-mile train journey across Nigeria, from Lagos to Kano, for its first-ever Voyages issue. (You can read part one...
Aputure LED lights are very well known and popular, and for good reason. They're fantastic. But that doesn't mean the competition isn't biting at their heels. Could this LED light from Pixel take the crown?
The Pixel Fodavil C220 is one of the newest LED lights to come after the current YouTube crown holder, the Aputure 120. The Pixel is brighter than the newest Aputure 120 series while still being cheaper than the original. It’s got the Bowens mount, looks (perhaps a little too much) like the Aputure and appears to be well made. But it can’t...
Gordon Parks’s autobiography reveals how this iconic photographer was also a gifted writer
By Amy Touchette
“Mrs. Ella Watson, a government charwoman, with three grandchildren and her adopted daughter,” by Gordon Parks, District of Columbia, United States, Washington D.C., 1942.
This past summer, I read A Choice of Weapons, the memoir of legendary photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006). Autobiographies are my favorite genre to read because—if it’s...