Make Every Portrait Subject Happy

If you make portraits—whether strangers or friends, for fun or profit—it won’t be long before you realize there are a few key fixes that almost everyone appreciates. So if you want to give the gift of a beautiful portrait, here are six techniques you can use to ensure that your portrait subject will be happy with your work.

If you make portraits—whether strangers or friends, for fun or profit—it won’t be long before you realize there are a few key fixes that almost everyone appreciates. So if you want to give the gift of a beautiful portrait, here are six techniques you can use to ensure that your portrait subject will be happy with your work. 1. Retouch away... Read more

Sponsored Tip: Digital Night Photography

In order to feel like night, your image must be dominated by dark tones. But how dark?

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. When... Read more

Print From The Cloud

Mobile devices have been a boon for photographers because they’ve brought portable portfolios to the road and instant connectivity for building fan bases, keeping up with social media and maintaining business workflows no matter where you’re located throughout the world.

Mobile devices have been a boon for photographers because they’ve brought portable portfolios to the road and instant connectivity for building fan bases, keeping up with social media and maintaining business workflows no matter where you’re located throughout the world. As more peripheral devices like printers attain wireless abilities,... Read more

A Better Background

In photography, the background can make or break a shot.

In photography, the background can make or break a shot. Therefore, composing a scene in which the subject stands out against the background is important, as is the aperture we choose to control the sharpness or softness of the background. Of course, choosing a background that complements the subject is also important. Many times, however, we’re... Read more

Finding Your Focus

Of all the questions I get about the basic how-tos of photography, the one that’s asked the most is how to get that creamy, dreamy background.

Of all the questions I get about the basic how-tos of photography, the one that’s asked the most is how to get that creamy, dreamy background. It’s by far the most sought-after effect in my circles. The answer, of course, always begins with the often boring, sometimes confusing explanation of aperture and shooting "wide open."... Read more

One-Light Portraits

In portraiture, there’s a temptation for some photographers to use several lights, with the goal of creating a dramatic portrait.

In portraiture, there’s a temptation for some photographers to use several lights, with the goal of creating a dramatic portrait. That can work, for sure. On the other hand, using only one light also can produce some awesome portraits. What’s more, it’s much easier to work with one light than with two or three lights. In this article,... Read more

The Big-Glass Effect

I remember my first big telephoto lens.

I remember my first big telephoto lens. I was living in a small cabin in Alaska, working as a mountaineering guide and living on a shoestring budget. I awoke many mornings to see moose wandering through my yard or sandhill cranes feeding nearby. My Nikon 80-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens was always attached to my camera, ready to go. I captured some nice moose images,... Read more

Ultralight

Use multiple exposures and light-painting techniques to create powerfully luminous images

If you devour Flickr and YouTube videos on photography, you probably know about the “paint with light” photography technique—it’s really more of a lighting technique. For anybody who hasn’t stumbled upon this unusual and inspiring form of photography previously, you’re in for a wild ride of discovery. During my own journey... Read more

The Making Of “Multiplicity”

I believe that nothing is ordinary, that everything and everyday life can be seen as art.

EDITOR?S NOTE: The image Multiplicity by Meredith Winn was featured on the cover of our October 2012 How-To Special Issue. We asked Winn to take us through her creative process in making the image. Also be sure to check out the related story by Winn from that issue, "Express Yourself." I believe that nothing is ordinary, that everything and... Read more

The Dramatic Portrait

We can take many different types of portraits: soft, dramatic, pleasing, fun, low-key, high-key and so on.

We can take many different types of portraits: soft, dramatic, pleasing, fun, low-key, high-key and so on. From our original captures, we also can create even more dramatic portraits in the digital darkroom. In this column, I’ll show you a quick fix for creating a dramatic image from a fairly flat image using Photoshop. It’s the technique... Read more

Tips For Ultimate Sharpness

When I teach a workshop, I encourage my students to take the sharpest picture possible.

When I teach a workshop, I encourage my students to take the sharpest picture possible. Afterward, if they want to soften an image with software for a creative or an artistic effect, that’s cool, easy and fun. There are several requirements for getting the sharpest in-camera shot. There are also several techniques for enhancing sharp shots in... Read more

Be A Storm Chaser

Inclement weather creates dramatic photography opportunities

If I had a nickel for every time I decided not to go out in bad weather with my camera, I’d be a rich man. After all, I can hardly resist a good cup of French roast and a fresh blueberry muffin at my local coffee shop. I sit down in those big fluffy red chairs, start reading my favorite book—what photographer in his or her right mind would go... Read more
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