Classic Portrait Light

Transform your portraits by learning these four lighting patterns.
Rembrandt Lighting: Named for the famous 17th-century Dutch master painter, this technique emphasizes light and shadow, adding mystery and a bit of drama. When learning to craft beautifully lit portraits, you will find no better place to start than with classical lighting patterns. These lighting setups have laid the foundation for portraiture since... Read more

Updating Camera Firmware

Manufacturers often offer free updates to camera software in order to improve their functionality and features
Updating Camera Firmware
Firmware is the software that makes your camera work. Think of it like the operating system that runs the internal computer. The camera manufacturer will occasionally offer updates to the firmware in order to introduce new features and make improvements to the camera—things like video frame rates, autofocus capabilities, image processing, operating... Read more

The Top Five Non-Camera Accessories That Should Be In Your Kit

Of course you need a camera, lenses, batteries and media. But what other gear should you consider essential?
Your go-to kit likely contains your cameras, lenses, batteries and media. But you never know what situations may arise in the studio or on the road. Adding these five accessories to your kit will make sure you’re prepared for almost anything.  Neutral Gray Card No matter how you set the white balance on your camera—be it auto, by Kelvin... Read more
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Make Better Pictures In Snow

Camera techniques to create strong photos when winter blankets the world with snow
Last week, we talked about keeping yourself and your gear warm and dry when shooting outdoors in winter. But, once you’re well prepared to be comfortable and productive when shooting in snow, how do you go about, you know, actually making great photos? Here are some tips for making the most of the peculiar photographic opportunities that occur when... Read more

Capturing Meaningful Macro Compositions

Whether shooting outdoors or indoors, macro photography is a powerful tool to help you create exceptionally expressive images of a world we don’t generally explore
On the day of our 25th anniversary, I bought my wife a large bouquet of red roses, which I also incorporated into my photo shoot. In this photo of a single rose, I included a small transparent ridge from the plastic wrapping that the bouquet came in, which let me add another layer of complexity to the composition by juxtaposing an artificial pattern... Read more

Winter Photography Do’s And Don’ts

Winter brings unique outdoor photography opportunities. It also requires a bit more forethought to keep photographer and equipment warm and dry.
I know it can be difficult to get out and take pictures this time of year when cold weather makes it much more comfortable to stay warm and dry indoors. But the payoffs for making the effort to get out and photograph outdoors in winter can be well worth it. Here are a few ways to keep yourself and your equipment safe and warm when photographing outdoors... Read more

Ten Essential Tips For Shooting Sports Photos

Learn how to take your sports photography to the next level
For this basketball image, I used a Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera with a Sony 24-70mm f/2.8G Master lens. The exposure was 1/200 sec., f/4.5, ISO 200, and I used four Elinchrom 500ELC strobe units in catwalk with sport reflectors and a Pocket Wizard radio system to trigger them. I single frame all of my basketball images when shooting on strobes. If... Read more

Better Compositions With Natural Framing

Shooting past foreground elements not only adds interest to a scene, it can add to the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional image as well
Better Compositions With Natural Framing
There are lots of compositional rules designed to help photographers create stronger, more interesting compositions that drive the viewer’s eyes directly to the center of interest. One of the simplest, most powerful and easiest of these to apply is natural framing. By identifying real-world objects that you can “shoot through” and incorporate... Read more

Fit One Filter To Several Lenses

Step-up rings affordably and easily adapt a single filter to fit lenses of different sizes
Fit One Filter To Several Lenses
Everybody loves buying new lenses, right? Well, maybe not laying out the cash investment in new glass, but certainly the enjoyment of using a new great lens. The only problem with adding a new lens to your arsenal, whether you’re switching camera systems or just adding a single prime to your existing kit, is that you need some other new accessories... Read more

Road Trip!

Head out on the highway for your next photo adventure
Road Trip!
A classic piece of highway through an iconic landscape. U.S. Route 163 cuts right through Monument Valley; it’s hard to keep your eyes on the road cruising past the enormous sandstone formations. Head north and continue to Zion National Park, or go south and explore the Grand Canyon. Road trips have a lot of advantages for photographers versus other... Read more