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Sunset Photography Tips

Making the most of autumn’s awesome sunset opportunities
Back when I got my first job as a photographer, I was told by my boss—himself an accomplished pro with four decades of experience—that autumn produces the best sunsets. It has to do with the angle of the sun and cold, dry air that arrives throughout much of the United States. It’s also helpful that sunsets come earlier at this time of year than... Read more

Shooting Sports Video

How to translate still shooting skills to video
Shooting Sports Video
Although I was assigned to cover one particular athlete in this cross country race, I used footage from the start of the race that depicted the whole pack, which provided great context of what the event felt like. Sports photographers have a unique set of skills. However, not all of those skills will necessarily carry over when you are shooting video. But... Read more

Black And White Photo Conversions In Lightroom

Three great ways to convert color photos into black and white, simply and effectively, using only Lightroom
Black And White Photo Conversions In Lightroom
One of the original dilemmas in digital photography concerns the creation of black-and-white imagery. In the analog era, many films and papers catered to making black-and-white photographs with nuanced tonal and contrast characteristics. But in the switch to digital, something changed and photographers—now faced with the prospect of converting color... Read more
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Shutter Speed And Sharp Photos

How shutter speed is used to prevent blur from camera shake and subjects in motion
Shutter Speed And Sharp Photos
One of the fundamental exposure controls is shutter speed. This setting determines the duration of the exposure, while the aperture (or ƒ-stop) determines the amount of light that’s let into the camera. Together, they pair with the ISO to comprise the exposure. Shutter speed is especially important when it comes to the sharpness of a photograph in... Read more

Photo Tips For Adventure Seekers

How to photograph your next backcountry adventure
Photo Tips For Adventure Seekers
Photographing rock climbing at Red Rock near Las Vegas, Nevada. Nikon D800, 24-70mm F2.8, 1/500 at F8, ISO 200. “We need you to canoe into a remote cabin for a classic north woods canoe shot,” Casey explains as he shows us the shot list. “The best light will be around midnight, so we rented the cabin so you can stay overnight. We would love images... Read more

Camera Control Basics: Exposure Compensation

The situations that call for exposure compensation to improve auto exposures
Camera Control Basics: Exposure Compensation
Automatic exposure modes are one of the greatest innovations in camera technology, full stop. Before autoexposure, a photographer had to understand how to read a light meter—even one built into the camera—and manually set the aperture and shutter speed to fit the ISO of the film in order to produce a usable exposure. With automatic exposure modes,... Read more

One Seamless Background, Many Lighting Options

It’s the ratio between key light and background illumination that determines the look of a background—from light to dark and anything in between
One Seamless Background, Many Lighting Options
Quite often, when a portrait subject enters my studio and sees the background I have set up, they have something to say about it. Whether they love it or hate it, I often find myself saying the same thing: “It won’t look like that.” The reason, of course, is that the light I apply to the background will dramatically alter it. But still, they seem... Read more

The Timelessness Of Black-And-White Street Photography

How to turn your street shots into monochrome masterpieces
The Timelessness Of Black-And-White Street Photography
Converting your images to black and white can add depth and soul to your street photos. In this shot, I’m especially fond of the way the treatment brings out the swirls of the steam from the vat of hot soup. Whenever I hear the term “Street Photography,” I have an almost Pavlovian response: In my mind, I conjure up a series of photos that have... Read more

Camera Controls: White Balance

Are your indoor pictures too yellow? If so, change the white balance.
Camera Controls: White Balance
A popular issue for new photographers is when the color of their pictures comes out wrong—particularly when photographing indoors. Depending on the situation, indoor photos often shift too warm, shifting yellow and orange. If your indoor pictures don’t have the correct color, you might need to adjust your white balance. It’s the way cameras adapt... Read more

How Lynn Saville Works The Night Shift

This New York City-based photographer uses patience and knowledge of art history to shed new light on the challenging genre of night photography
How Lynn Saville Works The Night Shift
“This image is from my ‘Acquainted with the Night’ series and is shot in the Roof Garden at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City,” says Saville. “A sculpture by Gaston Lachaise looms against the sky over Central Park.” Growing up in North Carolina during the 1960s, Lynn Saville was more attuned to fashion than photography. “I honestly... Read more

How To Create A Risograph Effect In Photoshop

Emulate this vintage printing technique for fun, funky photos
How to Create a Risograph Effect in Photoshop
The Risograph is a type of print made with a method similar to offset printing in which a halftone screen is used to lay down individual ink colors in separate layers. Risograph printing has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for photographers, it’s particularly suited to making monotone or duotone style prints. This method can be approximated... Read more

How To Photograph Musicians

Whether you travel great distances or just to the next town to see and shoot your favorite bands, use these tips to improve your photos of musicians
How To Photograph Musicians
I captured this photo of Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth singing at Nassau Coliseum in 1980 on film using a long telephoto lens that lacked image stabilization on a Minolta SLR. Today’s technology would have allowed me to get a lot more detail and better color accuracy. Yet I accurately captured the right moment, when the singer connected with his... Read more
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