Awaken The Artist Within

The Beatles were wonderfully talented musicians and songwriters, creating original music that seems to never go out of style.

The Beatles were wonderfully talented musicians and songwriters, creating original music that seems to never go out of style. On occasion, however, the Fab Four got a little help from their friends—friends who included music icons such as Eric Clapton and Billy Preston. Who knows, those friends may have inspired the song “With a Little Help from... Read more

Practical HDR

Sooner or later, a photographer will run into the brick wall of the limitations of the digital camera sensor.

Sooner or later, a photographer will run into the brick wall of the limitations of the digital camera sensor. Sensors today are very good, but they’re incapable of capturing the full range of tonality—from extreme shadow to bright highlights—that our eyes can see. While RAW capture provides greater flexibility in adjusting what’s captured, it’s... Read more

The Fine Art of Travel Photography

Beautiful landscapes and townscapes, as well as powerful environmental portraits and photo essays, can be obtained by anyone with a camera, a concept and the desire to do so.

Beautiful landscapes and townscapes, as well as powerful environmental portraits and photo essays, can be obtained by anyone with a camera, a concept and the desire to do so. But how does one transcend the “I was here” imagery that’s often associated with travel photography and create fine-art images of places near and far? From the dozens of... Read more

Gel The Light

Early in my career, I assisted numerous studio photographers to learn more about lighting.

Early in my career, I assisted numerous studio photographers to learn more about lighting. I wanted to master the secrets of capturing those stunning portraits and technical location shots. I soon realized two important things were happening in creating these images. First, the flash was being modified by umbrellas, softboxes, grids, beauty dishes and... Read more

From Flat To Fab

This is a bad news/good news story—one with a happy ending. This past November, I had the opportunity to travel to the bottom of the world to photograph emperor penguins. It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. I planned this trip to Antarctica for a year, and couldn’t wait for the day that I’d be on the ice photographing these magnificent animals.

FINAL This is a bad news/good news story—one with a happy ending. This past November, I had the opportunity to travel to the bottom of the world to photograph emperor penguins. It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. I planned this trip to Antarctica for a year, and couldn’t wait for the day that I’d be on the ice photographing these... Read more

Pro Tips: Demystifying Image Resizing

Depending on how we want to use an image, we often need to create new copies at different resolutions.

Depending on how we want to use an image, we often need to create new copies at different resolutions. You might be making your image smaller for use on the web or increasing the resolution to make a larger print. The technical term for this is “resampling.” Resampling is an advanced mathematical equation (algorithm), applied when you’re upsampling... Read more

Quality Of Light

You may not believe it at first, but all the photographs in this issue of PCPhoto have something in common. That something in common is, of course, light.

ORIGINAL You may not believe it at first, but all the photographs in this issue of PCPhoto have something in common. That something in common is, of course, light. Before we take a picture, seeing the light—the contrast range in a scene, the color of light and the direction of light—and then making camera adjustments and/or using accessories... Read more

March/April 2009: Helpline

In my last column, I tackled a question about shutter lag. The reader was frustrated with his camera and how the shutter-release button caused problems. “When I take pictures, it seems I have to press pretty far on the shutter button to get the camera to take a picture. Because of this, I have noticed that my having to press the shutter down so far seems to add movement to the picture and this shows up as blur.”

This Article Features Photo Zoom Stabilization On Stabilization Off Image-stabilization technology is a wonderful advantage for photographers, but it’s not always appropriate. For example, you should disable stabilization when your camera is mounted on a tripod. The image at top was taken with the camera on a tripod and stabilization... Read more

Your Best Prints Ever

Nothing gives a photograph more impact than a high-quality print. Printing today is easier than ever, with a number of options available for lab-quality prints on a wide variety of media types, but selecting the right printer, paper and ink type for your needs is more complicated. The good news is that it’s hard to go wrong with any of the major printers as long as you choose the one that’s most suited for your type of work.

This Article Features Photo Zoom Nothing gives a photograph more impact than a high-quality print. Printing today is easier than ever, with a number of options available for lab-quality prints on a wide variety of media types, but selecting the right printer, paper and ink type for your needs is more complicated. The good news is that it’s... Read more

Thinking Ahead For Better Photos

Ansel Adams, one of the greatest photographers of all time, was big on thinking ahead, or as he put it, envisioning the end result. I’m also big on envisioning the end result, as illustrated by the picture of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco that I used to open this column. It’s one of my favorite images from a recent trip.

Ansel Adams, one of the greatest photographers of all time, was big on thinking ahead, or as he put it, envisioning the end result. I’m also big on envisioning the end result, as illustrated by the picture of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco that I used to open this column. It’s one of my favorite images from a recent trip. Original ... Read more

January/February 2009: Helpline

While you can use lenses designed for “full-frame” 35mm-sized sensors on smaller-format (APS-C) sensors (subject to the telephoto, or magnification effect), the converse isn’t true. For example, the Canon EFS 18-55mm IS, included in the EOS Rebel XS kit, is designed specifically for use with APS-C-sized image sensors, like those used in the Rebel series.

This Article Features Photo Zoom While you can use lenses designed for “full-frame” 35mm-sized sensors on smaller-format (APS-C) sensors (subject to the telephoto, or magnification effect), the converse isn’t true. For example, the Canon EFS 18-55mm IS, included in the EOS Rebel XS kit, is designed specifically for use with... Read more

December 2008: HelpLine

Photography is a hobby of mine and I recently began researching submitting photos to stock companies. However, I have some questions about releases. Model releases are self-evident, but property releases seem a bit more complicated.

This Article Features Photo Zoom Most photographers aren’t legal professionals. When it comes to topics like model releases, copyright protection and other legal matters that photographers often face, get information and advice from organizations like the Professional Photographers of America (www.ppa.com). Even if you don’t... Read more
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