Use these techniques to make the most of shooting after dusk and before dawn
Text & Photography by Brian Matiash
While I’ve always found sunrises and sunsets picturesque, what truly fascinates me is when all of that radiant light is gone, and I’m left with a gigantic sky full of stars or the moon. It just fills me with awe, especially when I’m lucky enough to be in an area with little to no light pollution from cities or even a densely populated suburban...
Focus on these subjects, tips and techniques to create stunning travel images
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
I shot this incredible sunrise behind a church near Ljubliana, Slovenia.
Not long ago, I visited a friend who was ecstatic about his recent trip to Europe. Brimming with excitement, he grabbed his iPad and started quickly flipping through images. Now, I do want to point out that my friend isn’t a professional photographer. He’s just really enthusiastic...
A whimsical photographic technique creates surprising works of symbolic allusion
Text & Photography By Ron Palmere And George D. Lepp
“My first SLR camera was a Canon film body,” says Ron Palmere, who created this composite photo, “which had a feature that allowed me to capture up to nine exposures on one frame. One day, while photographing a Bird of Paradise specimen with its distinctive design, I took multiple exposures using a 200-400mm lens with a lens collar. Years later,...
How photographer and educator Bobbi Lane determines the best way to shoot a portrait
Text By Jill Waterman, Photography By Bobbi Lane
“This one is my favorite because of the subtlety of lighting,” says Lane, noting that it was actually a “grab shot,” since the model was sitting and stood up to take a break. “As he looked away, I saw the possibilities. I guided the position of his face to get the light in the eye. But I love the edge lighting and the softness of the glow...
You don’t have to rely on the latest tech to shoot inventive selfies
In the February 3, 2014, edition of New York magazine, Jerry Saltz, the publication’s insightful and prolific fine-art critic, ran a compelling article titled “Art at Arm’s Length: A History of the Selfie.” In it, the critic presents four points on what these days seem to be everyone’s favorite pastime.
I found many aspects of this article...
Photographers generally get three chances to ensure their portraits have beautiful color: Create accurate white balance, be deliberate about lighting and bring it all together in post
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
Accurate color management is crucial for ensuring portrait subjects look their best, highlighting beautiful hair and lovely skin tones.
Color is simple, right? For many shots, as long as the white balance is somewhat close to correct, your picture will be fine, right?
Well, not necessarily, especially when it comes to portraits. What might pass as good...
“Okay, this is perfect,” I explain to my workshop group under the blazing Namibian sun. “Let’s ask the woman to stand in the doorway of this hut. The roof will provide covered shade, and the interior will be completely black.”
We are visiting a Himba village in Namibia near the Angolan border. Our guide has arranged a visit to a tribe that...
Use this technique to gain better control of your photograph’s focus
Text & Photography Brian Matiash
Today’s cameras are impressive in how accurately they can autofocus: Look how deftly my camera locked focus on the subject’s face in a moving car as I panned and while the primary subject zoomed through the frame. But even today’s cameras can have trouble focusing in some situations, and that’s where focus stacking can help.
The companies that...
Transform your portraits by learning these four lighting patterns.
Rembrandt Lighting: Named for the famous 17th-century Dutch master painter, this technique emphasizes light and shadow, adding mystery and a bit of drama.
When learning to craft beautifully lit portraits, you will find no better place to start than with classical lighting patterns. These lighting setups have laid the foundation for portraiture since...
Whether shooting outdoors or indoors, macro photography is a powerful tool to help you create exceptionally expressive images of a world we don’t generally explore
By Terry Sullivan
On the day of our 25th anniversary, I bought my wife a large bouquet of red roses, which I also incorporated into my photo shoot. In this photo of a single rose, I included a small transparent ridge from the plastic wrapping that the bouquet came in, which let me add another layer of complexity to the composition by juxtaposing an artificial pattern...
Learn how to take your sports photography to the next level
Text & Photography By Patrick Murphy-Racey
For this basketball image, I used a Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera with a Sony 24-70mm f/2.8G Master lens. The exposure was 1/200 sec., f/4.5, ISO 200, and I used four Elinchrom 500ELC strobe units in catwalk with sport reflectors and a Pocket Wizard radio system to trigger them. I single frame all of my basketball images when shooting on strobes.
Head out on the highway for your next photo adventure
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
A classic piece of highway through an iconic landscape. U.S. Route 163 cuts right through Monument Valley; it’s hard to keep your eyes on the road cruising past the enormous sandstone formations. Head north and continue to Zion National Park, or go south and explore the Grand Canyon.
Right now my office looks like a tornado just blew through it. Camera...
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