Winter Photography Warm-Up

Equipment and tips to help you make the most of cold-weather photography

Along with the new year, winter has arrived. If you pocketed a little money over the holidays, here’s some suggested equipment you can invest in for your cold weather photography adventures, as well as a few tips to help ensure you make the most of your valuable time outdoors this winter. COLD IS GOOD… TO A POINT You want your camera cold, but... Read more

How To Align Layers In Photoshop

Two techniques for perfectly precise alignment of multiple frames in a single file

Aligning layers is one of the most common tasks I perform in Photoshop, particularly if I’m trying to composite two exposures or subtly different compositions of the same scene. One approach is simply to move the top layer around, nudging to and fro, until it looks about right, then turning off the layer visibility to check the alignment. This is,... Read more

Time To Get Connected?

Connected cameras may represent the future of photography. But are they ready for prime time?

DxO ONE Olympus AIR A01 The connected camera market launched rather suddenly in 2014 with the arrival of the Sony QX1. A sort of mashup between a lens and a camera, the QX1 attached to a mobile device and used the phone (or tablet) as the brains for image capture and sharing. It might have seemed like a novelty had new products not arrived... Read more

Frequency Separation Is Easy!

This powerful skin-retouching Photoshop technique doesn’t have to be daunting

Frequency separation is a powerful retouching technique for improving a portrait subject’s skin quality without the risk of looking overly retouched. You know what an overly retouched portrait looks like, right? The subject’s face seems nice and clear, but when you look a little closer, it appears their skin tone has been sprayed on with paint or... Read more

Lightroom 6 For Landscapes

An intro to Lightroom’s new HDR Merge and Panorama Merge tools

Creating landscapes has just become a lot easier. With version 6 of Lightroom (and updated Lightroom CC), our ability to stitch together panoramas, and blend images to create HDR files, now can all be done without leaving the Lightroom environment. The tool is called Photo Merge, and although it’s new to Lightroom 6 and CC, there’s something... Read more

How to Make A Victorian Silhouette

These simple profile portraits are beautiful and timeless

For centuries, the art of making simple silhouette profile portraits has remained popular. While traditional Victorian-era silhouettes were often made from intricately cut sheets of thin cardboard, many silhouettes were also painted or drawn. I recall as a child, in fact, using projected light to trace my schoolmates shadows on construction paper, then... Read more

Photographic Lessons In The Internet Era

Photographers once had to toil as apprentices in order to learn their skills. Today, the Internet provides more resources than any photographer could wish for.

Mastering photography is a lifelong endeavor, one that’s constantly evolving and changing as new technology emerges. However, the Internet has altered the landscape for learning about photography, as well as understanding the newest techniques and technological advances that are available for both beginners and seasoned veterans. Back in the day,... Read more

Go Wild!

Make your wildlife park pictures look like Out of Africa images

An African photo safari is a dream come true for wildlife photographers. Not all wildlife photographers, however, have the time or the funds to make that dream come true. Still following their love for wildlife photography, photographers who can’t make the trek to Africa enjoy photographing at wildlife parks. With some creative composition techniques... Read more

Product Photography How-To: Dual Exposure

Combine flash with a long exposure to see the screen on an electronic device

If you’re photographing an iPhone or a tablet, a laptop or a TV screen, one thing is key to making the shot work: the screen has to appear brightly illuminated. But you can’t just turn on your device and assume that any old strobe exposure will work. In fact, when working with strobes, the high light output usually means it’s harder to see the... Read more

Shooting Campaigns From The Saddle of A Bike

Jeremy Dunn captures adventure-sports images, often side by side with the athletes, and has turned to film point-and-shoot cameras and compact digitals to make it possible

Photographer Jeremy Dunn has shot numerous national campaigns and magazine pieces. Because he needs to travel with the athletes he covers, he uses lightweight point-and-shoot film cameras and compact digitals. The result is a look that’s grainy and reminiscent of vintage European sports magazines. Always having a camera in your jersey pocket... Read more

Life In Motion

Some of the best photo opportunities aren’t found at your destination, but on the way getting there

Welcome to my playground: the space between home and destination. We live in a busy world. Fast-paced and often hurried, we are always in the state of getting from point A to point B. Recreation, work, or everyday life—this is a life in motion. Often, while the big camera is packed away and airports or train stations are navigated, photographic moments... Read more

The Deliberate Divide

The rules of composition are fundamental to creating great photos—and any great art

When it comes to photography, I’m big on storytelling. I know that part of why I’m drawn to capturing photographs is because of the stories that can be told through the beauty and wonder of the ordinary. Ironically, of all the photography classes and lessons I’ve taught (both online and off), some of the most satisfying were the ones that didn’t... Read more
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