Control The Light

Every photographer knows light is what makes or breaks an image.

Every photographer knows light is what makes or breaks an image. One of my favorite quotes about photography is, "You are not photographing the subject, you are photographing the light on the subject." Photograph a supermodel in flat light and you get a nice shot. After all, that’s why she’s a supermodel. But add some articulated,... Read more

Punch Up The Color

How to use color creatively for images that pop

This is a really nice image,” I tell Jay, a photo workshop participant. I’m teaching a landscape photo workshop, and this afternoon we’re doing image critiques. “I like the horizontal line, the foggy atmosphere and the silhouetted person on the sidewalk. But there’s one thing I would do different.” “Maybe crop... Read more

The Unscripted Portrait

Create candid portraits that convey authentic emotions and relationships

People as photographic subjects are often far too aware of the lens. Point a camera at them, and they will automatically switch to smiling mode, a problem with which event and portrait photographers are all too familiar. Based out of New York, photographer David Kerry Hannan is exceptionally skilled at the “unscripted portrait,” in which... Read more

Think Like A Painter

When I give a workshop, I stress to my students the idea of thinking like a painter because painters see and paint light on canvas in a unique and artistic way.

When I give a workshop, I stress to my students the idea of thinking like a painter because painters see and paint light on canvas in a unique and artistic way. I thought—and worked—like a painter to create the opening image for this column, enhancing my original RAW file in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop (picture below). As you can see,... Read more

Monochromatic Love

I’m a big fan of black-and-white photography.

I’m a big fan of black-and-white photography. Perhaps it’s the poignancy that captivates me, or maybe the nostalgia factor. Whatever the reason, there’s something about the absence of color that draws me in. Black-and-white or grayscale images are often called monochromatic. The word monochromatic is defined as "of or... Read more

Monumental Photos

Wherever they’re located, the one thing that almost all monuments have in common is their size.

Wherever they’re located, the one thing that almost all monuments have in common is their size. They’re big—very big. No person or civilization wants the symbols of their existence built for posterity to be diminutive. In photographic terms, it means that unless you’re planning to carry thousands of pounds of floodlights, you need... Read more

Four Seasons

Long before it’s time to actually fire the camera, landscape photography requires you to make all kinds of considerations.

Long before it’s time to actually fire the camera, landscape photography requires you to make all kinds of considerations. The more thoughtful you are about a shoot beforehand, the more likely it is you’re going to walk away with images that you really like. Not least among those considerations is the time of year. Colorful fall foliage,... Read more

Better Holiday Portraits

10 tips to take your best family photos this season

Holidays are a time when families gather, making it an ideal opportunity for family portraits. One of the nicest places for a family portrait is outside, but since winter weather doesn’t always cooperate, it’s often best to keep the shoot indoors. Sure, there are challenges, but shooting indoors also eliminates some of the problems of shooting... Read more

Drab To Fab

In this installment of Quick Fix, I’ll cover some of my favorite Photoshop features.

In this installment of Quick Fix, I’ll cover some of my favorite Photoshop features. Don’t worry if you don’t have Photoshop since many of these features or similar effects are found in other imaging programs. Okay, here are the features I’ll cover: Adobe Camera Raw, Shadows/Highlights, Lens Correction, Levels, Sharpening, Sponge... Read more

Stop The Shakes

Switzerland is the perfect country for travel photography.

A surfer in Lake Thun moves at a high rate of speed through a static castle and bridge in the background. To freeze the surfer in action, I used a 1/1000 sec. shutter speed at ƒ/4.5 with my Nikon D3 set with an 800 ISO because of the fading late-afternoon light. Switzerland is the perfect country for travel photography. It has the most beautiful... Read more

Looking Beyond The Bloom

In many parts of the world, photography becomes much more of a struggle during certain seasons.

In many parts of the world, photography becomes much more of a struggle during certain seasons. Weather can be a photographer’s best friend or worst enemy, depending on where you live and what you’re after, photographically speaking. Despite the challenges, when you’ve got to shoot (for work or play), you’ll find a way. Some... Read more

Make A Holiday Photo Gift

For photographers, the holidays present the perfect time for putting your work to good use by creating personalized gifts with your images as the focal point.

For photographers, the holidays present the perfect time for putting your work to good use by creating personalized gifts with your images as the focal point. Whether it’s to make a greeting card, specialty print, photo book, calendar or other keepsakes, online services and software programs are making it easier than ever to get creative with... Read more
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