Builder Levy’s “Humanity in the Streets” Exhibition at the Brooklyn Historical Society

The photographer in this museum show combines aspects of social documentary, fine art and street photography in a seamless way
“Kingfish, Dekalb Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn,” 1965, by Builder Levy. Builder Levy is one of those rare photographers whose work is at once social documentary, fine art and street photography, and his seamless approach across these genres is as evident as ever in “Humanity in the Streets” currently exhibiting at the Brooklyn Historical... Read more

On Sequence, Part 2: W. Eugene Smith’s “The Country Doctor”

Looking back at a famous photo story by W. Eugene Smith from the 1940s can be a powerful way to learn how to sequence your own images
The way photographs register in the minds of viewers is unique to each viewer, but by controlling the order of the images, a compelling series can still guide viewers down a specific path. A celebrated photo essay that is very effective at doing this is “The Country Doctor”, a sequence captured by acclaimed photographer W. Eugene Smith, who shot... Read more

On Sequence, Part 1: Developing the Fundamentals

Arranging your images in the correct sequence can make a world of difference in how you experience your photography
One of my (many) favorite things about photography is the depth and complexity it can achieve in a series format. Photographs portraying myriad people, places and things can be put next to one another, and suddenly a story emerges that wasn’t apparent until you arranged them in a specific order. There is point and counterpoint, narration and narrative,... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: The Fish-Eye Lens

It's one of my most indispensable pieces of glass
Anatomy Of A Photo: The Fish-Eye Lens
Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 fish-eye lens HDR at f/11; ISO 100 March 11, 2009 Staten Island, NY One of my favorite lenses to use whenever I see distinct lines in a composition is the fish-eye lens. They’re possibly the most underrated lenses on the market when it comes to creative opportunities for photos. While my fish-eye lens... Read more

Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival Celebrates 50 Years

A renowned annual festival turns 50 this summer
“Immediately captivated by the warm, luminous light of southern France,” says Amy Touchette, “I made this picture within minutes of arriving.” Without a doubt, the festival that’s always had the best reputation in the photo industry is Rencontres d’Arles. I attended in 2017 and it unequivocally lived up to its reputation.... Read more

How To Find Your Best Images

Use these six tips to discover your most compelling photos
One of the distinguishing aspects of photography is that we have to wade through a lot of bad photographs in order to unearth the few good ones. What other medium requires such nonsense? It’s a mind trip. It’s why so many photographers struggle with editing their own work. By the time you stumble upon a compelling photograph, it’s hard to recognize. But... Read more

Geotagging With Your Phone, Part II

Learn to apply the geotagged data to each photo that you took with your phone's camera
Recently, I shared a walkthrough of how I use my iPhone to geotag the location of every photo I take in the field. There are many reasons why geotagging can be useful; however, I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring up the implications of sharing those locations on social media. In recent years, some of our most beautiful natural landscapes have been significantly... Read more

Becoming a Confident Street Photographer

How to overcome insecurities when shooting out in the streets
When you photograph on the street, nothing affects your output as much as your own mindset. Understanding this is essential to becoming a confident street photographer. If you feel insecure about what you’re doing, if you have doubts about the morality of photographing strangers or feel timid about approaching strangers, it’s going to be challenging—at... Read more

Get That Dreamy Look Using Adobe Photoshop CC

Tips for applying the Orton effect to your images for that soft focus look
Get That Dreamy Look Using Adobe Photoshop CC
The funny thing about adding the popular Orton effect to your photos is that it’s so easy to overdo. Odds are, if you’ve ever seen a landscape photo with that ethereal, dreamy quality to it—almost as if it has the tiniest bit of soft focus—it has had some form of the Orton effect applied to it. Some photographers call it a Soft Focus Look or... Read more

5 Best Photography Apps for Your Apple Device

In the world of growing technology, there are hundreds of photography apps. How do you know which ones are worth it? Below, you’ll find 5 mobile apps we think you should download on to your iPhone to help capture the perfect shot.   Helios – Magic Hour Calculator Helios – Magic Hour Calculator helps you Read more…

5 Best Photography Apps for Your Apple Device
In the world of growing technology, there are hundreds of photography apps. How do you know which ones are worth it? Below, you’ll find 5 mobile apps we think you should download on to your iPhone to help capture the perfect shot.   Helios – Magic Hour Calculator Helios – Magic Hour Calculator helps you calculate the ideal timing... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Post-Processing Stylization Techniques

Matching stylization choices to the mood of the photo
Anatomy Of A Photo: Post-Processing Stylization Techniques
Sony a7R III | Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM ½ sec. at f/13; ISO 200 February 26, 2019 Lofoten Islands, Norway There are many times when, despite your best efforts, you just don’t get the best weather conditions or color. That was the case on this particularly cold and windy sunrise in northern Norway. When this happens, I tend to turn to a variety of... Read more

Adobe Update Highlight: What Does the New Lightroom Texture Slider Do?

The newest and more sophisticated Lightroom update will now allow photographers to edit the closer details of their work without having to dive into Photoshop
Adobe Update Highlight: What Does the New Lightroom Texture Slider Do?
Both outdoor and portrait photographers have an updated tool to implement in their digital workflow this month. The Texture Slider, the newest and more sophisticated Lightroom update, will now allow photographers to edit the closer details of their work without having to dive headfirst into Photoshop. The Texture slider is a tool that can isolate and... Read more
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