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Crafting Vignettes: Part 1

Ask a room full of photographers what they think of vignettes and you’re likely to get a room full of different answers.

Ask a room full of photographers what they think of vignettes and you’re likely to get a room full of different answers. For many, the thought of vignettes conjures images of cheesy, tacky, outdated oval borders around portrait photos. But in truth, the vignette is a powerful tool for driving the viewer’s eye directly to the center of interest—as... Read more

Sponsored Tip: Developing A Personal Style: Delay

Delayed perception.

Continuing my series of tips to help you see the world through fresh eyes with the goal of developing a personal style, I’m going to talk about one of the most important elements to creating enduring images: delayed perception. The gist of this technique is to render elements of an image so that a viewer doesn’t notice everything immediately,... Read more

Get With The Program!

The fact is, most professional photographers use some form of automatic settings for the majority of their work.

More photographers these days are stepping up to high-end DSLRs from compact or entry-level models, which offer more sophisticated controls. As they gain more knowledge and experience, many photographers start to eschew any sort of automatic settings. I often see Internet discussions where a newcomer to the world of photography posts a question about... Read more

The Garage Studio

I remember walking into Bathhouse Studios in New York for the first time.

I remember walking into Bathhouse Studios in New York for the first time. Stretching out before me was 4,000 square feet of shooting space, including a 30-foot white cyclorama cove you could drive a Ferrari onto. One of New York’s premiere rental facilities, this massive studio (originally a bathhouse) was what photographers fantasized about.... Read more

Passion For Color

Learn to use color deliberately to evoke emotion and deepen the narrative of your images

I love color. I seek it out, and fill my frame with as much as possible. It’s a continual and consistent theme in my work. I like to be bold and playful with all the colors of the spectrum. The color within a photograph can draw the eye into the frame, evoke emotion and—depending on the subject matter and intention of the photographer—can... Read more

Getting Started With DSLR Video

So, you want to make movies?

So, you want to make movies? You’re in luck, because most new digital cameras have HD video recording capabilities as well. But, just because you have a video-capable camera doesn’t make you a capable video shooter. So, here’s what you need to know—from camera setup to shooting tips—to get started in video. SETTING UP THE CAMERA ... Read more

Simplify The Background With Lens Choice

When you first start taking pictures you concentrate on the subject, making sure it’s well-focused, positioned appropriately in the frame, well-lit and so on

When you first start taking pictures you concentrate on the subject, making sure it’s well-focused, positioned appropriately in the frame, well-lit and so on. But soon you realize, as we all do, that concentrating on the subject isn’t enough. Frequently we learn this when some element of a background—a palm tree, maybe, or a telephone... Read more

Surf's Up

With over 120 magazine covers to his credit, Sean Davey understands the power of print as the ultimate expression of a photograph.

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Eight Ways To Speed Up Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (as it’s properly named) has become a staple in the digital darkrooms of many photographers.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (as it’s properly named) has become a staple in the digital darkrooms of many photographers. The more images one creates, however, and the more time they spend making them, the more important it becomes that the program works quickly and efficiently. So, here are eight ways to speed up Lightroom to keep your editing process... Read more

Control Freak

Photographer Jeff Schewe admits, "I’m known as a kind of a technical guru, a printing guru; really those are all just means to an end, and the end is the optimal print that I can possibly make."

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Adjusting Your Camera’s Image Quality

Some of the most basic camera settings can have a huge impact on image quality.

No matter what kind of camera you’re using, from compact point-and-shoot to high-end DSLR, there are a whole lot of camera settings to choose from. Some of the most basic camera settings can have a huge impact on image quality, as well as the quantity of images you can make before you’ll run out of space. Whether you want maximum quality... Read more

Sponsored Tip: Developing A Personal Style: Motifs

I’m also a devotee of the medium; I am constantly looking at photos old and new…

This tip article by Brian Dilg comes to us courtesy of New York Film Academy Photography School, where he serves as the Chair of the New York Film Academy Photography Conservatory. Dilg is an internationally published and collected photographer and award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years of professional teaching experience around the world. As... Read more
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