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

Photographic Time Shifting

I recently was watching a nature show on television and marveled at some of the nighttime images of jaguars.

I recently was watching a nature show on television and marveled at some of the nighttime images of jaguars. I thought, “Man, I wish I had some nighttime shots of those big cats.” Then I thought, “What the heck.” With Photoshop, I easily can make a daytime shot look like a nighttime one. The opening image for this column is my transformed... Read more

Water

Whether it’s your focal subject or a supporting element, these quick tips will get your feet wet

Water can be a deep subject. But seriously, it’s photographically fascinating. It takes on so many different forms, you could build an entire portfolio around it. For that reason, water is an ideal subject for improving your technical skills. Master the art of photographing water, and you’ll be drawing on core concepts, including shutter speeds... Read more

Light Noir

How Britton Black creates intriguing, mysterious images through dramatic lighting and color

Want to learn more about cameras and photography? Sign up for our weekly newsletter, full of tips, advice, reviews and more!  I try to make it seem like my subjects are emitting the light. Though it may seem that Britton Black’s exciting portfolio of finely crafted, atmospheric images are the result of meticulous postprocessing, his unique “film-noir”... Read more

Overexposing Raw

Most photographers try to make the perfect exposure every time.

A “normal” exposure’s histogram will show an even distribution. Most photographers try to make the perfect exposure every time. But there’s a school of thought that says photographers who capture RAW files would do better to slightly overexpose. This theory, sometimes called “exposing to the right” because it places the peaks of a histogram... Read more
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