Learn to overcome the challenges of winter subjects
Text & Photography by Brian Matiash
Snow is a challenging element to include in a composition. It can wreak havoc with exposure and make it difficult to direct your viewers. However, when you get a lock on proper exposure settings and add more prominent colors, it can be magical.
Shooting photos in snowy conditions brings with it a number of technical and compositional challenges that...
How sports photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. captures that unexpected moment
By Mark Edward Harris / Photography By Paul Kitagaki Jr.
Shawn Johnson (U.S.A.) captures the silver medal in the women’s individual all-around competition at the 2008 Olympics on Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, in Beijing, China.
Like the athletes they capture, photographers have been gearing up for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Both have to be at the peak of their games to produce the desired outcomes.
An introduction to the equipment and craft of candid street photography
Text & Photography By Mark Edward Harris
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...
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...
Photographing rock climbing at Red Rock near Las Vegas, Nevada. Nikon D800, 24-70mm F2.8, 1/500 at F8, ISO 200.
“We need you to canoe into a remote cabin for a classic north woods canoe shot,” Casey explains as he shows us the shot list. “The best light will be around midnight, so we rented the cabin so you can stay overnight. We would love images...
How to turn your street shots into monochrome masterpieces
Text & Photography Brian Matiash
Converting your images to black and white can add depth and soul to your street photos. In this shot, I’m especially fond of the way the treatment brings out the swirls of the steam from the vat of hot soup.
Whenever I hear the term “Street Photography,” I have an almost Pavlovian response: In my mind, I conjure up a series of photos that have...
This New York City-based photographer uses patience and knowledge of art history to shed new light on the challenging genre of night photography
By Jill Waterman / Photography Lynn Saville
“This image is from my ‘Acquainted with the Night’ series and is shot in the Roof Garden at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City,” says Saville. “A sculpture by Gaston Lachaise looms against the sky over Central Park.”
Growing up in North Carolina during the 1960s, Lynn Saville was more attuned to fashion than photography. “I honestly...
Whether you travel great distances or just to the next town to see and shoot your favorite bands, use these tips to improve your photos of musicians
Text & Photography by Terry Sullivan
I captured this photo of Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth singing at Nassau Coliseum in 1980 on film using a long telephoto lens that lacked image stabilization on a Minolta SLR. Today’s technology would have allowed me to get a lot more detail and better color accuracy. Yet I accurately captured the right moment, when the singer connected with his...
Learn how to capture exceptional shots in the Middle Eastern land of Jordan
Text & Photography by Mark Edward Harris
Bedouins with their camels make their way across Wadi Rum.
E. Lawrence, known for his heroic actions during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire in the First World War, was immortalized as “Lawrence of Arabia,” the title of an epic 1962 film based on his wartime activities described in his book, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. I channeled both...
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,...
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