Taking It To The Streets

An introduction to the equipment and craft of candid street photography
An introduction to candid street photography
After a long day of photographing life and death along the Ganges in Varanasi, India, I came across a most unusual scene in a fabric shop. When it comes to street photography, Joel Meyerowitz is among the giants. In one of my interviews with him, we talked about his early work in New York. He started his street photography with a 50mm lens on a 35mm... Read more

Setting Image Size And Quality In-Camera

What you need to know to set your camera to the right file type, size and compression level
Setting Image Size And Quality In-Camera
Most photographers know that for the maximum in versatility and exposure control, RAW image files are preferable to JPEGs. That said, some photographers like the speed of downloading JPEG files for quick delivery, so for these shooters, we suggest capturing RAW files alongside JPEGs. Still, other photographers insist they ONLY need JPEG files, and while... Read more

Using Flash Outdoors

Three simple steps for mixing flash with available light to make more interesting photographs
Using Flash Outdoors
Working with flashes tends to be one of the trickiest topics for young photographers to master. They either over- or under-power the flash so much that everything is blown out or underexposed or they have to rely on automatic TTL flash settings to have any hope of producing an acceptable exposure. But once you get the hang of controlling the flash’s... Read more
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Telephoto Strategies For Sports Photography

Tools and techniques to maximize your ability to reach out and fill the frame with sports action
Pay close attention to the sidelines of your favorite sporting event, and you’ll see the photographers share one thing in common: long lenses. Whether it’s world-class tennis or World Cup soccer, high school football or little league baseball, the professional photographers who cover these events know that when it comes to sports, telephoto reach... Read more

Flash Output Explained

Understanding the output of handheld flashes. (What the heck is a guide number?)
Flash Output Explained
You’re shopping for a flash and you want something powerful. How can you tell if a flash has a high output? Speedlight-style flashes—the kind that mount to a camera’s hot-shoe—use a somewhat cryptic indicator of output. It’s called the guide number, and while it isn’t as straightforward as a measurement of watts would be, it’s the best... Read more

Making Custom Photoshop Brushes

Easily turn an image of any object into a brush you can paint with
Making Custom Photoshop Brushes
Photoshop comes with a remarkable variety of custom brush shapes. Whether you’re painting, erasing or using just about any tool that incorporates a brush, you can change the characteristics of that brush to make it more effective. Better still, plenty of designers and photographers have created unique custom brushes that can be purchased or even downloaded... Read more

Sunset Photography Tips

Making the most of autumn’s awesome sunset opportunities
Back when I got my first job as a photographer, I was told by my boss—himself an accomplished pro with four decades of experience—that autumn produces the best sunsets. It has to do with the angle of the sun and cold, dry air that arrives throughout much of the United States. It’s also helpful that sunsets come earlier at this time of year than... Read more

Shooting Sports Video

How to translate still shooting skills to video
Shooting Sports Video
Although I was assigned to cover one particular athlete in this cross country race, I used footage from the start of the race that depicted the whole pack, which provided great context of what the event felt like. Sports photographers have a unique set of skills. However, not all of those skills will necessarily carry over when you are shooting video. But... Read more

Black And White Photo Conversions In Lightroom

Three great ways to convert color photos into black and white, simply and effectively, using only Lightroom
Black And White Photo Conversions In Lightroom
One of the original dilemmas in digital photography concerns the creation of black-and-white imagery. In the analog era, many films and papers catered to making black-and-white photographs with nuanced tonal and contrast characteristics. But in the switch to digital, something changed and photographers—now faced with the prospect of converting color... Read more

Shutter Speed And Sharp Photos

How shutter speed is used to prevent blur from camera shake and subjects in motion
Shutter Speed And Sharp Photos
One of the fundamental exposure controls is shutter speed. This setting determines the duration of the exposure, while the aperture (or ƒ-stop) determines the amount of light that’s let into the camera. Together, they pair with the ISO to comprise the exposure. Shutter speed is especially important when it comes to the sharpness of a photograph in... Read more
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