Five tried-and-true lighting styles for effective portraits
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
As much as I like to experiment when it comes to lighting, there are times I need a sure thing, and that’s when I reach into my bag of tricks and pull out one of the five lighting techniques that always work and that create a variety of looks? These techniques are ones that a beginner can master in a short time with minimal gear, and should be part...
Pro techniques to help you take unique and personal images for your photographic journal
Text & Photography By Nevada Wier
If you want to return home with a great travel portfolio, you need to break out of the tourist mentality and move beyond typical snapshots of postcard locations, you want to master the fine art of travel photography. Award-winning travel photographer Nevada Wier shares her top techniques to create photographs that are not only visually engaging, but...
Capturing everyday life with beautiful light in the home
Text & Photography By Me Ra Koh
VERONICA BERNAL, a CONFIDENCE workshop graduate, captured a gorgeous moment between her grandpa and daughter. Window light creates a soft diffused look that adds to the story of gentleness and love.
Do you ever have a sinking feeling that all of your photos are starting to look the same? You’ve taken your clients to the same park two dozen times....
Follow these tips and techniques for more creative compositions of the natural world
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer—and often the supreme disappointment.”
Landscape photography can be great fun, but when we get back home and look at our images on our computers, we sometimes ask ourselves, “What was I thinking?” or, “How did I make that mistake?” It’s difficult to capture...
Sky Exposure: Star-stacked blend of 10 exposures, each at 14mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/2.8, 10 seconds
Foreground Exposure: Foreground Exposure: Blend of two exposures, each at ƒ/2.8, ISO 1600, 8 minutes.
Nikon D810A, Nikkor 14-24mm ƒ/2.8
Get ready to stay up all night taking in the wonder of the stars. Astrophotography, which is technique of...
Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
Comedian Steven Wright once said, “Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.”
Substitute the word “driving” for “walking” and you’ll see why road trips are a great way to see, experience, enjoy—and of course—photograph roadside America (or whatever country in which you are driving). Road trips offer photographers...
Mastering wedding photography usually starts by apprenticing as a second shooter, a position that can sometimes make or break a wedding shoot
By David Schloss, Photos by Sarah Phillips
Capturing a wedding is one of the most important photographic assignments, because it is impossible to re-create a wedding and the images are cherished not only by the bride and groom, but by their families and offspring, often for generations to come.
While most people book a photographer for their portfolio, skills and personality, they don’t realize...
An editorial approach to portrait work can yield amazing results
Text & Photography By Thomas Boyd
The most meaningful portraits tell a story; they not only memorialize a person at a specific time and place, they give us insight into that person as well. Really great portraits tell us as much about the photographer as the person they photographed. The significance of the portrait you take today may not reveal itself for years and the portraits we...
Not interested in taking traditional wedding photos? Consider one of these beautiful alternatives.
Text & Photography By Danielle Cohen
The array of incredible wedding photographic styles and wedding photographers to choose from today is staggering. Whether it’s highly conceptual composite images you love or simple, natural film pictures that’s your thing, the time is just right for wedding photography as a true expressive art. Most of today’s couples have sophisticated tastes,...