Build Your Own Garage Studio

With a few speedlights and light stands to start, anyone can turn a small room or garage into a portrait studio
garage studio
Behind the scenes in the garage studio. Using one SB-5000 in a 30” Lastolite Ezybox and a Lastolite TriLite reflector below the model to create clamshell lighting. I remember walking into Bathhouse Studios in New York for the first time. Stretching out before me was 4,000 square feet of shooting space, including a 30-foot white cyclorama cove you... Read more

Shoot Sports Like A Pro

10 tips to help you capture compelling sports-action photos
Mike Powell, sports photography
Willingness to go the extra mile is essential for capturing special images whether at the Olympics or Little League. In photographing swimmer Michael Phelps at the Beijing Olympics, Powell scouted ahead of time to find the best location, far from the official position allocated to photographers. Sports photography is one of those disciplines that can... Read more

The Fine Art Of Travel Photography

Beautiful landscapes and cityscapes, as well as powerful photo essays, can be created by anyone with a camera, a concept and the desire to take memorable images
travel photography
NIGHT EXPOSURES: The Matterhorn from Zermatt, Switzerland. Many cities thrive at night and bring a different dimension to the travel experience. For cityscapes and architecture, use a low ISO, lock down the camera on a sturdy tripod, lock up the mirror of an SLR and use a cable release. How does a photographer transcend the “I was here” imagery... Read more

The Art Of Time-Lapse Photography

Photographer Matt Molloy shares his techniques for creating “timestacks,” his spectacular images of the world
Matt Molloy
Smeared Sky. Made from 500 photos, this is the first sunset time-lapse I tried the stacking method with. I was surprised with the outcome, but even more so with the feedback. It wasn’t long before it went viral. I was getting lots of emails, some asking questions about the technique and others hoping to share it on their website or blog. Milky Way... Read more

Shoot Stunning Flower Images

An assortment of creative techniques to turn average flower photos into pieces of floral fine art
Harold Davis
Alstroemeria Medley: I photographed this arrangement of Alstroemerias (Peruvian lilies) straight down on a light box, then used a series of LAB color adjustments in Photoshop to create the painterly effect you see here. 85mm macro, seven exposures combined in Photoshop, exposures at shutter speeds ranging from 1/4 sec. to 5 sec., each exposure at ƒ/64... Read more

Ultralight Painting

Use multiple exposures and Eric Curry’s light-painting techniques to create powerfully luminous images
Eric Curry
If you devour Flickr and YouTube videos on photography, you probably know about the “paint with light” photography technique—it’s really more of a lighting technique. For anybody who hasn’t stumbled upon this unusual and inspiring form of photography previously, you’re in for a wild ride of discovery. During my own journey and experiences... Read more

Diving Into Underwater Photography

Finding the right lens, best light, sturdiest gear and smartest ways to keep equipment dry
Jason Bradley
Not every photographer will get to dive with sharks, but with the right techniques and gear, it’s possible to capture breathtaking sub-aquatic photos on any aquatic adventure. Gear Photography By Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo Photography today has no shortage of technical hurdles. It can be daunting to learn about camera sensors, flashes,... Read more

Urban Photography: The City Comes Alive At Night

Finding the soul of the city through night photography
Brian Matiash
A City Has A Different Look At Night. While I have more than my share of photos of the Tokyo Tower during the day, the elegance and beauty is instantly apparent when viewed from a distance at night. For many reasons, I consider myself very fortunate to have been born and raised in New York. For the first 18 years of my life, my entire world was made... Read more

Sports: The Competitive Edge

A professional approach to modern sports photography
Brett Wilhelm
In the sponsor-rich world of televised competition, clean backgrounds can be hard to come by. Separating the athlete against the sky while still showcasing the fans and overall ambience makes for a compelling competition shot. Advancing technologies and evolving educational resources in the last decade have led to a new golden age in digital sports... Read more

Setting The Scene For Landscape Photography

How to quickly and easily capture the grandeur and beauty of the world around you
landscape photography tips
Plan Ahead. I had planned this photograph of the Milky Way over Turret Arch and South Window in Arches National Park, Utah, months in advance using The Photographer’s Ephemeris and Skygazer. Landscape photography looks so easy. We’ve all pulled up to a scenic overlook or arrived at our destination on a hike, and said, “Wow!” But as most of us... Read more

Travel Photography Pro Tips

Get the most out of your travel images with these tips from a pro
Rick Sammon
To really connect with a subject, it’s good to get up close and interact with them, instead of capturing them from afar. Being a travel photographer is a dream come true for many amateur and professional photographers alike. Sure, there’s a downside—most notably the travel to and from a destination—but those long airport TSA wait lines and... Read more

Portraits: Keep It Real

Finding Creative Ways To Capture True Portraits
Portrait/Thomas Boyd-Trail Blazer
On the Portland Trail Blazers’ media day, the players go to a dozen stations of video and still photographers. They expect a photo to be shot in seconds, not minutes. There’s very little time to build rapport. They just want to get it done as soon as possible. They’ve had so much practice at PR, they know what it takes. My strategy is to give... Read more
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