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Five On-Camera Flash Tips

You should not use your on-camera flash. There, now that we got that fundamental rule established, let’s talk about breaking it.

You should not use your on-camera flash. There, now that we got that fundamental rule established, let’s talk about breaking it. Sometimes you actually want to shoot with the on-camera flash. Sometimes you might just need to shoot with on-camera flash. Here are five tips you can use to make on-camera flash work great for your photos. 1. Embrace... Read more

Silhouettes: Shapes In The Light

As photographers, we generally fixate on things such as focus and light, making sure our subjects are correctly lit, allowing for details to be crisp and clear.

As photographers, we generally fixate on things such as focus and light, making sure our subjects are correctly lit, allowing for details to be crisp and clear. Silhouette photography flips all that on its ear; instead of wanting the subject illuminated and in clear detail, we’re masking the subject in darkness. The details now become the shape... Read more

Dream Worlds

Creating other-worldly images that blend Photoshop with film-based darkroom techniques

Ann Elliott Cutting carves out time from her busy schedule as a commercial assignment photographer to make the images that she’s inspired to make. For a photographer used to fulfilling the vision of editorial and advertising clients, it’s especially nice to be your own art director and pursue your own projects. Cutting’s personal projects... Read more

Still In Motion

If you recently went to the movies, watched TV or surfed YouTube videos, chances are good you’ve seen some time-lapse photography.

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The Prints Are The Legacy

Greg Gorman gives insight on how he uses the interplay between highlights and shadows in his evocative images.

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Local Control in Black & White

Okay, let me warn you right off the bat: this is going to be another tip about converting color photos to black-and-white.

Okay, let me warn you right off the bat: this is going to be another tip about converting color photos to black-and-white. I can’t imagine that any topic is more endlessly covered online, but I can promise two things: I’m going to keep it really simple, and it’s going to be different than most. Still with me? Good. Let’s get... Read more

Evolution Of A Medium

John Paul Caponigro talks about the formative influence of his parents on his creative attitudes and expectations.

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Retouching With Light

When we talk about making portraits it’s inevitable that the topic of retouching comes up

When we talk about making portraits it’s inevitable that the topic of retouching comes up. Portrait subjects want to look their best—obviously—so photographers tend to rely on a bag of digital tricks to help accomplish that. A subtle blur to minimize detail, maybe Photoshop’s clone stamp or healing brush to eliminate wrinkles and blemishes…... Read more

How To Shoot On Gray Winter Days

This time of year much of the country starts to experience more frequent cloudy gray days than any other time of year.

This time of year, much of the country starts to experience more frequent cloudy gray days than at any other time of year. Maybe they’re no more frequent, but the colder temperatures sure make winter gray days less fun than a cloudy summer afternoon. Even though steel-gray skies don’t appear especially inviting for your photography, what... Read more

Fine Art Of Printmaking

In this video, Art Wolfe talks about presenting his work and the importance of fine art printmaking.

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On-Location Portrait Fixes

We all enjoy creating on-location portraits.

We all enjoy creating on-location portraits. Often, we want to go beyond the straight portrait and add a little digital darkroom magic to enhance the photograph, to create a more dramatic image. In this column, I’ll share techniques that you can use to add some color and drama to your portraits—techniques that can also make your pictures... Read more

Convert To Black & White

My photography career began 30 years ago as a photojournalism student in college.

My photography career began 30 years ago as a photojournalism student in college. Each week, I would be assigned a story to cover and off I’d go with my Nikon FM2 and 50mm lens in search of images. But capturing the images was only half the story. The best part, I thought, was getting to develop my shots in the darkroom. I can almost smell the... Read more
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