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

A Parent’s Perspective

Capture the authenticity of family by focusing on a child’s unique spirit
photographing children
In Between. Tweens get their title for a reason. They’re between two stages in their growing up, and it’s not an easy place to be. So much of tweenhood can be awkward, gawky, uncertain. If you can use your lens to allow for that to unfold, you’ll be able to do justice to these fleeting years in a child’s life. This shot was snapped, quite literally,... Read more

The Tilt-Shift Effect

Captured in-camera or generated with software, this technique can make your images jump off the page—if you use it right
tilt-shift photography
Lofoten Islands, Norway. This image of a fishing village shows the miniaturization effect using a Nikon PC-E Micro-NIKKOR 45mm ƒ/2.8D tilt-shift lens. Nikon D810 at ƒ/4, 1/30 sec., ISO 200 My first commercial assignments landed me in a kaleidoscope of interiors. From kitchen remodels to spacious hotel suites, I was hired to photograph interiors. At... Read more

12 Best Travel Photography Guides

This collection of ideas, techniques and concepts will help you bring back photos from your travels that are more than snapshots
travel photography
This collection of ideas, techniques and concepts will help you bring back photos from your travels that are more than snapshots. You’ll learn how to shoot at a grand scale of a mountain range, but also focus on the magical details right in front of you, whether you’re traveling across the globe or photographing close to home. 1. The Fine Art Of... Read more

50mm Vs 35mm Lenses: A Visual Guide For Portrait Photography

A visual guide to 35mm and 50mm lens use for portraits, from our friends at ThePhoblographer
With wider angle lenses becoming better and better, photographers are bound to ask the question of 50mm vs 35mm lenses and how they relate to portraiture. Our friends at ThePhoblographer produced this visual guide to the differences in these two common lens focal lengths. This content is provided by our friends at ThePhoblographer.com. Visit their... Read more

Expand Your Vision: Getting Started Shooting Video

Evolving from photography to video production
shooting video
Photographers will recognize many parts of this high-end Canon motion camera, as it’s an evolution of the company’s video-capable still cameras. Editor’s Note: This piece first appeared in our Spring issue and reflects the products available at the time of publication. To see our equipment coverage of new gear, visit our Camera and News sections.... Read more

Portrait Photography Tip: Light Adds Up

Learn how the additive quality of light impacts metering and lighting ratios, so you can light your subjects for your desired look
photography lighting tips
In an effort to explain how some light plus a little more light becomes even more light, let me explain how this might matter in the first place. Let’s say you’re photographing a portrait in a studio setting, so you set up a light to illuminate the subject. (It could be a strobe, a hot light, an LED, in a softbox, with a snoot—as long as it’s... Read more

7 Steps To Getting The Best In-Camera Exposure

Use the benefits of digital imaging technology, but it’s essential to get the composition right in-camera. Follow these tips from Rick Sammon, with images from his workshop in China.
China, Rick Sammon
If you ever shot 35mm slide film, you know that it was essential to get a good exposure in-camera. Slide film was not forgiving, as opposed to negative film, which was forgiving, that is, your exposure could be “off” by a stop or two over or under the correct exposure and you could still make a good print. Slide film shooters had to spend time thinking... Read more

Get Perfect Shots Every Time

By following these guidelines, it’s easy to get precisely exposed images of the outdoors with practice and patience
perfect exposures
With a wide range of highlights and shadows in this panorama of Glacier National Park’s Swiftcurrent Lake, understanding a camera’s exposure settings is key to a properly exposed image. When I talk with other photographers, many confess that they always shoot in one of the camera Program Modes. The consensus seems to be something along the lines... Read more

Seeing The World In Black & White

Create striking images with these essential qualities of monochrome photography
black-and-white photography
Contrast. The human eye sees in color. When colors are converted to black-and-white, we see shades of gray. Light colors become highlights. Dark colors become heavy tones. The difference between these two ends of the spectrum is called tonal contrast. Contrast is an important consideration in any photograph, but even more so for monochrome images. This... Read more

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
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