2019 Tell Us Your Story Photo Contest Finalists

In addition to the three winning photos from the 2019 Tell Us Your Story photo contest, we’re thrilled to present this gallery of 21 finalists:

In addition to the three winning photos from the 2019 Tell Us Your Story photo contest, we’re thrilled to present this gallery of 21 finalists: Forever And Ever Photographer:... Read more

Getting Press For Your Photography—Part 1

In this first of a three-parts series, Amy Touchette describes how photographers can do a better job of publicizing themselves and their photography
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... Read more

You Still Have Time To See The Garry Winogrand: Color Exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum

Be sure to catch this fine-art show before it closes this Sunday, December 8, 2019
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,... Read more
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How An Essay By Ernst Haas Reminds Us Why We Photograph

Learn what a master from the film era has to say about why we love to shoot photos
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. © Amy Touchette In 1983, Eastman Kodak published The Joy of Photography, a book billed as “a guide to the tools and techniques of better photography.” In it was a special portfolio by photographer Ernst Haas, along with words he had written in 1979. I remember coming across the book a few years ago while waiting for prints to... Read more

A Street Photographer’s Guide To Choosing A Camera

Use these seven tips when considering the right tool to capture your street photography
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... Read more

Five Reasons Why A 24-105mm Zoom Lens Is A Must Have

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... Read more

How To Fine-Tune Your Artist Statement

Follow these steps to fine-tune your artist statement and make it the best it can possibly be
How To Fine-Tune Your Artist Statement
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... Read more

How To Write Your Artist Statement

Communicate your project and personal vision in your artist statement with these writing tips
How To Write Your Artist Statement
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... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Golden Hour Light

The importance of the quality and direction of light when it comes to composing your photo
Anatomy Of A Photo: Golden Hour Light
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... Read more

Why You Actually Do Want To Write Your Artist Statement

Because when we write about our photographs, we’re forced to express what they portray and what compelled us to make them
Why You Actually Do Want To Write Your Artist Statement
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... Read more
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