Tips for making the most of new blooms and warm weather
By William Sawalich
This time of year presents a wonderful photographic opportunity: longer days and warmer weather, as well as the emergence of spring flowers that bloom full of color and interest. One of my favorite ways to photograph spring flowers is with a macro lens. So here are a handful of tips for photographers who want to try their hand at macro photography of...
Add style and dimension to your travel images with this versatile, often-misunderstood technique
Text & Photography By Jim Cornfield
Travel seems to be a compulsion with serious photographers. We’re a horde of camera-toting gypsies, wandering our shrinking, relentlessly more familiar planet, the so-called “global village,” searching for some fabulous piece of geography that hasn’t already been photographed to death.
There are, of course, scores of useful approaches to making...
Simple steps to help you focus and refine your landscapes
Text & Photography By Alessandra Cave
“When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my mind’s eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.” —Ansel Adams
Spending time in nature is the perfect setup for quiet observation...
The big-time pros use hand painted backgrounds, now the rest of us can too
By William Sawalich
There are several prominent commercial portrait photographers who I’ve noticed rely on an advantage over the rest of us: they have beautiful, custom-painted portrait backgrounds. Sure, there are plenty of background options from a number of resellers, and at a variety of affordable price points. But as is so often the case, you get what you pay for....
Improve your chances of winning a photo contest with these rules of what NOT to do, gathered by the Digital Photo judges
By David Schloss
Photo contests are a wonderful way to challenge yourself. Nothing motivates a photographer to create beautiful images more than the thought of submitting them to a panel of judges, and the chance of winning a prize doesn’t hurt, either. Even if you don’t win, the experience will make you a better photographer. Unfortunately, most photo contests...
Using the great outdoors and the natural world to humanize athlete portraits
Text & Photography By DL Byron
It was like glitter had been thrown on the climb—shiny, bright bikes and multicolored jerseys sparkling between mileposts on Las Flores Canyon Road outside Malibu, California, while the Rally Cycling professional Continental cycling team warmed up at spring training camp. On assignment to document the start of the team’s season, I spent some time...
Use both expected and unexpected changes in the weather to create striking, more intimate images of your subjects
By Tracey Clark Of Shutter Sisters
Shooting in the great outdoors can be a challenging, yet rewarding creative endeavor. No matter the genre of photography—portraits, lifestyle, landscapes, etc.—working amidst the elements can be as labor-intensive as setting up an entire studio shoot, but in a totally different way. Photographers working outdoors are up against a great many things...
Your ownership information can be embedded directly in EXIF metadata from the moment of capture. Here’s how.
By William Sawalich
I’m a big believer in using every technological advantage possible. So that means that if I can use EXIF metadata to embed all sorts of information in my image files, well then I’m definitely going to take advantage of that.
One of the most practical uses of image metadata is to append files with data about their creator—the copyright holder of...
Your picture isn’t finished until you prepare its pixels for printing
By William Sawalich
For the last few weeks I’ve been discussing image sharpening in Photoshop and Lightroom. This is done, typically, for three reasons: to compensate for the in-camera sharpening that is not performed on RAW image files; to creatively sharpen select areas of a scene in order to match the aesthetic you have in mind; and to sharpen the finished image in...
Become a better landscape photographer by practicing these techniques without traveling far afield
Text & Photography By Tracey Clark
I live in Suburbia, plain and simple. The streets in my Southern California town have been plotted out in a grid formation, with strip malls on most corners and tract homes that resemble one another. Besides the beach being only a few miles away (my favorite part of living here), many of the natural elements around me have been placed there by human...
Last week I discussed the importance of capture sharpening, because RAW files don’t come out of the camera sharp enough. This week I want to talk about the next in the triumvirate of image sharpening: creative sharpening.
The term creative sharpening comes from the concept that this sharpening is done for more aesthetic reasons rather than to remedy...
How to create stunning time-lapse video with a process that has become easier than ever
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
“NEVER SAY NEVER.”
I absolutely love still photography. In fact, my family probably would tell you I’m obsessed with taking photographs. There’s something almost indescribable about the magic, power and expression a still photograph can convey. Every day I grab my camera and seek out an image that moves me and, hopefully, others. A few years...
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