Express Yourself

We use self-portraits to explore a basic question that plagues all of us: Who am I?

We use self-portraits to explore a basic question that plagues all of us: Who am I? As early as the mid-1400s, artists began painting themselves onto canvas. With the invention of the camera, photographers began turning the image (and their artwork) inward, as well. Yes, a photograph can tell a person what he or she looks like, but we know that the... Read more

Portrait Background Basics

One of the most important things you can do to make better portraits is to find, or create, a background free of distraction.

One of the most important things you can do to make better portraits is to find, or create, a background free of distraction. This doesn’t mean your backgrounds have to be plain, especially if you’re shooting an environmental portrait where context is key. But, generally, you want to find a setting that focuses attention on your subject... Read more

Win A Photo Contest

Whether you’re motivated by the great prizes, exposing your images to a big audience of fellow photo enthusiasts or the possibility of being published, entering a competition can be a rewarding part of being a photographer.

Some of the best images we see here at DP come through our contests. Whether you’re motivated by the great prizes, exposing your images to a big audience of fellow photo enthusiasts or the possibility of being published, entering a competition can be a rewarding part of being a photographer. What do judges look for? We’re going to assume... Read more

5 Essential Photo Enhancements

No matter what you’re shooting or how you’re shooting it, there are a few areas in which almost every image can be improved.

No matter what you’re shooting or how you’re shooting it, there are a few areas in which almost every image can be improved. Here are the five essential photo enhancements you should make to every image you shoot. 1 FINE-TUNE THE EXPOSURE I frequently rely on the wide exposure latitude of my RAW image files to wrangle significantly over-... Read more

Stories Through Sequence

One photo can tell a story. The elements within the frame convey feelings through composition, light, texture and color.

One photo can tell a story. The elements within the frame convey feelings through composition, light, texture and color. But, for me, sometimes one image is just the beginning. I’ve always been interested in how you can tell a story through a sequence or series of images, a "sequence" being a group of images taken in succession and... Read more

Lens On Life

Documentary photography holds the power to capture moments of historical significance, to broaden our exposure to people, places and experiences beyond our reach, to shape (or shatter) our perceptions and to offer an authentic view of humanity.

Documentary photography holds the power to capture moments of historical significance, to broaden our exposure to people, places and experiences beyond our reach, to shape (or shatter) our perceptions and to offer an authentic view of humanity. While photography is much about exposing what we see, there’s so much more going on beneath the surface. There’s... Read more

Rock On!

Since the advent of affordable DSLRs, concert and live music photography has become a burgeoning industry for a lot of photographers.

Since the advent of affordable DSLRs, concert and live music photography has become a burgeoning industry for a lot of photographers. Right along with the digital camera revolution, the indie music scene also has flourished, and this has opened up the doors for many photographers, both new and old, to have a shot at photographing live bands. From... Read more

Make Stunning Floral Images

I like to photograph flowers. In fact, I love to photograph flowers! It turns out that I’m in good photographic company.

I like to photograph flowers. In fact, I love to photograph flowers! It turns out that I’m in good photographic company. Flowers are a subject that many people want to photograph. However, photographers often don’t know how to approach flowers and macros in a creative way that will show the true beauty of their floral models. Some folks... Read more

Removing Reality

In this column, I’ll share with you a simple technique for removing reality using Photoshop.

John Lennon gave us an all-so-true quote: "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." In photography, imagination is the key to a creative image. Removing a bit of the reality sometimes can result in a more artistic and creative image. In this column, I’ll share with you a simple technique for removing reality using Photoshop. ORIGINAL ... Read more

Natural-Light Portraits

The majority of David Stoecklein’s images are captured with raw natural light, which instills his photography with a cinematic look and a timeless feel, despite being captured with a modern digital camera.

The majority of David Stoecklein’s images are captured with raw natural light, which instills his photography with a cinematic look and a timeless feel, despite being captured with a modern digital camera. Stoecklein’s talent at harnessing the power of natural light brings drama and atmosphere to his images, and at the same time, working... Read more

Have Camera Will travel

Almost every photographer takes travel images.

“What I would do,” I explain to Richard, a workshop participant, “is capture a variety of angles. Try walking completely around the Moai statue and shooting every perspective.” I’m teaching a photo workshop with Photo Quest Adventures on Easter Island, and we’re spending our first day exploring. Fighting jet lag and... Read more

Embracing Sun Flare

When it comes to the light, I chase it, like a moth to a flame.

When it comes to the light, I chase it, like a moth to a flame. It only makes sense that my love of the sun would permeate my photography, as well. I’m not writing to debate the pros and cons of pointing your camera at the sun; we all know there are many who balk at the mere mention of it. There are products created and bought to prevent sun glare... Read more
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