It’s The Little Things That Matter Most

Macro photography can open up a whole world that’s hiding right in front of you
My introduction to “real” macro photography came more than a decade ago when I was reviewing the Canon MP-E 65mm F/2.8 1-5x Macro lens and Canon’s macro strobe setup. I had shot macro before, but this was my first time shooting with a lens that captured images greater than life-size, and it was a mesmerizing experience. I remember buying flowers... Read more

Travel Photography

Capturing the journey and the destination with these pro tips and techniques
When traveling, I’m always looking to capture moments that normally get overlooked, like an elderly man taking in the setting sun in Essaouria, Morocco. I’ve long battled with myself over how to accurately define the genre of travel photography. Is it about taking photos of the vehicle you’re using to get from where you currently are to where... Read more

7 Techniques For Modifying Light

Learning how to work with and shape light is critical in image making
Behind the scenes on a photo shoot using a Lastolite Skylite. Nikon D3, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm F2.8G ED, 1/600 sec. at ƒ.8, ISO 400 Every photographer knows light is what makes or breaks an image. One of my favorite quotes about photography is, “You’re not photographing the subject; you’re photographing the light on the subject.” Photograph a... Read more

Building A Portrait Business

Countless photographers have started their careers by shooting portraits. Find out what it takes to have a successful portrait business.
Building A Portrait Business
Ask a photographer how they got their start, and you’ll often hear a similar story. “I loved taking photos, and my friends started to ask me to shoot portraits. Soon enough, I started taking portraits for clients, and that launched my career.” There’s a constant demand for portraits, and an even greater demand for photographers who can take... Read more

Handheld Light Meters

Master lighting with the ideal tool for precision exposure control
There’s an often-overlooked device that some photographers say is outdated, but which in fact is just as useful today as ever. This necessity of the film era should still find a place in photographers’ bags, especially those who want total control over their lighting and exposure. It’s the handheld light meter, and it’s treasured by many photographers... Read more

7 Lighting Solutions For Photo And Video

Beautiful light is critical in creating an impressive image. Digital Photo shares these pro tips and techniques for illuminating your compositions, plus reviews of lighting tools to help you get the shot.
Cross-lighting by Tom Bol
Beautiful light is critical in creating an impressive image. Digital Photo shares these pro tips and techniques for illuminating your compositions, plus reviews of lighting tools to help you get the shot. 1. Cross-Lighting The silver bullet of lighting can solve some difficult photographic problems, as it allows photographers to change light angles... Read more

7 Top Guides To Winter Photography

From technical information on exposure and other settings to creative compositional suggestions, these winter photography tips and techniques will help you capture fresh images of the season
winter photography
From technical information on exposure and other settings to creative compositional suggestions, these winter photography tips and techniques will help you capture fresh images of the season. 1. Make A Beautiful Family Portrait This Holiday Take advantage of the winter gathering to make a family photo to remember with these tips and techniques. Read... Read more

Make A Beautiful Family Portrait This Holiday

Take advantage of the winter gathering to make a family photo to remember using these tips and techniques
holiday photography, portrait photography
Whatever your family’s traditions, consider taking advantage of a holiday gathering as the perfect opportunity to make a family portrait. In warmer parts of the country you may be able to comfortably make portraits outdoors in late fall and early winter, but for the rest of us, a holiday photo shoot means working indoors. Use these tips to make the... Read more

Top 7 Guides To Becoming A Better B&W Photographer

From learning how to see in monochrome to software conversion options to the craft of printing, these guides provide a thorough understanding of black-and-white photography
black-and-white photography
From learning how to see in monochrome to software conversion options to the craft of printing, these guides provide a thorough understanding of black-and-white photography. 1. Seeing The World In Black & White Is black-and-white the purest form of photography? Some photographers believe so. The art of black-and-white photography removes all distractions,... Read more

Top 5 Guides To Becoming A Better Portrait Photographer

No matter what type of photography you prefer, at one point or another, you’ll find yourself shooting a portrait. These tips and techniques will help you unlock your creative potential and capture fresh images in a new light.
portrait photography
No matter what type of photography you prefer, at one point or another, you’ll find yourself shooting a portrait. These five guides feature tips and techniques to help you unlock your creative potential and capture fresh images in a new light. 1. Portraits: Keep It Real When we see a good portrait, we know it. It gives us the sense of knowing the... Read more

5 Top Guides To Becoming A Better Macro Photographer

It doesn’t take too much expertise to make creative images of the world that exists just outside our perception, just patience and the right tools and techniques
macro photography
Are you interested in exploring macro photography? It doesn’t take too much expertise to make creative images of the world that exists just outside our perception. These guides will help you get started. 1. Introduction To Macro Imagine a land ruled by giant eight-eyed creatures the size of a car with long translucent fur, colorful stripes and purple... Read more

5 Top Fall Photography Guides

From tips and techniques for capturing fall color to shooting autumn sports like football to gear for outdoor adventures, this guide will help you navigate the season (and beyond)
fall photography
Telluride, Colorado. Photo by Rick Sammon From tips and techniques for capturing fall color to shooting autumn sports like football to gear for outdoor adventures, this guide will help you navigate the season (and beyond). 1. Exploring Fall Colors We come inside with dewy shoes and arms full of firewood. The air shifts, the leaves fall, and the farm... Read more
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