Exposure Solutions: Sharp Action

There is, perhaps, nothing more satisfying than an image of action frozen in crisp, sharp detail, allowing us the time to scrutinize and analyze every nuance—down to the smallest speck.

Arising early one morning in Maui, I came upon a spot where both big waves and surfers were now arriving. After traversing down a somewhat narrow path along a rather steep cliff, I found the perfect shooting spot. Within the hour more than 20 surfers had accepted the challenge offered up by these thunderous and sometimes unforgiving waves. It became... Read more

Memories In The Making

Using photography to tell the most important story

Remembering As I continue to document the life of my family, I often think about what it’s all for. Photography is a creative outlet and I use it to communicate with a single image what is meaningful to me, but I also know that there’s something probably even more important: I am leaving behind documentation that when pieced together is... Read more

Time Collapse

During my studies for my Graphic Design diploma, Photography 101 was a required course, and that was the start of my passion for photography.

Human Tornado. This "timestack" is made from 340 photos of myself drumming, merged into one image. The interval between shots was 1 second. It was a low-light situation, so I cranked up the ISO to get a quicker shutter speed (1/5 of a second). I had previously tried a longer shutter speed and the drumsticks almost disappeared, so I wanted... Read more

The Garage Studio

I remember walking into Bathhouse Studios in New York for the first time.

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 could drive a Ferrari onto. One of New York’s premiere rental facilities, this massive studio (originally a bathhouse) was what photographers fantasized about.... Read more

Get With The Program!

The fact is, most professional photographers use some form of automatic settings for the majority of their work.

More photographers these days are stepping up to high-end DSLRs from compact or entry-level models, which offer more sophisticated controls. As they gain more knowledge and experience, many photographers start to eschew any sort of automatic settings. I often see Internet discussions where a newcomer to the world of photography posts a question about... Read more

Passion For Color

Learn to use color deliberately to evoke emotion and deepen the narrative of your images

I love color. I seek it out, and fill my frame with as much as possible. It’s a continual and consistent theme in my work. I like to be bold and playful with all the colors of the spectrum. The color within a photograph can draw the eye into the frame, evoke emotion and—depending on the subject matter and intention of the photographer—can... Read more

All About Scene Modes

Harness the power of your camera’s scene modes to make better pictures in any circumstances

Your camera’s Scene modes are for amateurs, right? Not really. Scene modes can be great shortcuts that allow even professionals to make some powerful changes with the flip of a single switch. Here’s what happens behind the scenes of each mode, and how you can put them to use in your own pictures. PORTRAIT MODE PORTRAIT MODE When you... Read more

Dream Worlds

Creating other-worldly images that blend Photoshop with film-based darkroom techniques

Ann Elliott Cutting carves out time from her busy schedule as a commercial assignment photographer to make the images that she’s inspired to make. For a photographer used to fulfilling the vision of editorial and advertising clients, it’s especially nice to be your own art director and pursue your own projects. Cutting’s personal projects... Read more

Still In Motion

If you recently went to the movies, watched TV or surfed YouTube videos, chances are good you’ve seen some time-lapse photography.

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Panoramic Action

Try Photoshop’s Photomerge to create some panoramic magic

Even though I’ve been using Adobe Photoshop for 20 or so years, and have been teaching the program in my workshops for about 10, I’m still amazed by its capabilities. The opening image for this column is one example. I created it from six images taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon 24-105mm IS lens. I stitched the images together... Read more

The Beckoning Of Black & White

I was a film photographer long before—and even after—digital photography became mainstream.

I was a film photographer long before—and even after—digital photography became mainstream. Back then, I recall making careful decisions about the kind of film I would need to pack prior to each shoot. My photographic intention had to be deliberate, thought out and carefully planned. I had to make choices, both before the shoot and about what... Read more

One-Light Portraits

In portraiture, there’s a temptation for some photographers to use several lights, with the goal of creating a dramatic portrait.

In portraiture, there’s a temptation for some photographers to use several lights, with the goal of creating a dramatic portrait. That can work, for sure. On the other hand, using only one light also can produce some awesome portraits. What’s more, it’s much easier to work with one light than with two or three lights. In this article,... Read more
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