Shooting For Action

There’s nothing more thrilling in sports photography than nailing the climactic moment in a still image.

For sports with movement that’s less predictable, by using zone focusing, you can set up your aperture and focus to cover an area where your subject will most likely end up. There’s nothing more thrilling in sports photography than nailing the climactic moment in a still image. For an athlete, those moments might only last a second, but when... Read more

Creative Wedding Photos

Photographing a wedding is one of the most challenging assignments a photographer can take.

Photographing a wedding is one of the most challenging assignments a photographer can take. For photographers who excel at it, like Laura Pineda, owner of Alternate Angles Photography, it’s a passion. You can hear the excitement in Pineda’s voice when she talks about weddings, and with 15 years of experience, she’s a master of capturing special... Read more

Key Steps to A Better Print

Printing photographs well is both an art and a science. The science of printing involves all of the technology made for inks, papers and printers. It also includes monitor calibration, color profiles and other printing technology built into your software and computer.

Printing photographs well is both an art and a science. The science of printing involves all of the technology made for inks, papers and printers. It also includes monitor calibration, color profiles and other printing technology built into your software and computer. The art of printing is based on how you look at a print and how you tweak that... Read more

Content-Aware Fill

We’ve all taken images that are perfect except for some unwanted element in the frame.

We’ve all taken images that are perfect except for some unwanted element in the frame. Whether we had no choice but to compose it into the frame—or it just “snuck” in—removing objects from an image typically involves detailed masking and careful cloning. The newest version of Photoshop CS5 addresses this time-consuming work with a powerful... Read more

Photo Storytelling

How do you capture and convey the essence of a place with still photographs?

How do you capture and convey the essence of a place with still photographs? A well-crafted photo essay is the answer. Travel magazine photo editors will tell you “a location isn’t a story.” In other words, you can’t suggest an idea to a publication by saying, “I want to do a story on Italy.” You need to choose a topic and focus on it. Applying... Read more

Dramatic Weather Photography

Should we turn back?” a workshop participant asks between breaths.

Should we turn back?” a workshop participant asks between breaths. “Those thunderheads look really nasty.” “No way!” I reply. “Those clouds are going to make this day exciting. Just be ready to head down if you see lightning.” We’re in the middle of an uphill slickrock slog to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. I’m teaching a... Read more

The Fine Art Of Self-Publishing

Uploading images to Facebook, Flickr and other popular online sharing sites is fun, mainly because of the instant gratification it provides.

Uploading images to Facebook, Flickr and other popular online sharing sites is fun, mainly because of the instant gratification it provides. Family, friends and coworkers can see the cool restaurant you discovered while exploring a new city even as you’re there devouring dinner. But sometimes, the length of time it takes to post those images is about... Read more

From Drab To Fab In Five Minutes

Check out the color, contrast and sharpness in this picture of a short-eared owl that I photographed with its prey, a small dove, in the Galápagos.

Original Check out the color, contrast and sharpness in this picture of a short-eared owl that I photographed with its prey, a small dove, in the Galápagos. Notice the exposure and the nice composition. Pretty good, don’t you think? Well, the image didn’t start out that way. Here’s the original shot, which looks kind of drab and flat, mostly... Read more

Beyond HDR

One thing I love about digital photography is the capability to create images that are closer to what we see in the world, rather than being restricted by the technological limitations of the camera sensor.

Double-Processing RAW: Shadows One thing I love about digital photography is the capability to create images that are closer to what we see in the world, rather than being restricted by the technological limitations of the camera sensor. High dynamic range photography, or HDR, has become popular because of its ability to get more detail out of the... Read more

Travel With Still+Video

Tips for better technical and creative results shooting video with your DSLR

The year 2009 will go down in history books as a revolutionary one for photography. It ended the era when stills were stills and video was video, and never the twain would meet. Shooting professional-looking video with hybrid DSLRs has come of age. In 2010, we’ve seen the release of even more impressive hybrid cameras. Having great tools doesn’t... Read more

Basic Tech: Get To Know Your Metadata

Every photo captured with a digital camera has metadata attached to it. Metadata literally is “data about data.”

Every photo captured with a digital camera has metadata attached to it. Metadata literally is “data about data.” Digital photo metadata includes information about the image file and camera settings used at the time of capture. THE BENEFIT Reviewing your metadata is a great way to learn from your images. What worked, and what didn’t? What aperture... Read more
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