Ultralight

Use multiple exposures and light-painting techniques to create powerfully luminous images

If you devour Flickr and YouTube videos on photography, you probably know about the “paint with light” photography technique—it’s really more of a lighting technique. For anybody who hasn’t stumbled upon this unusual and inspiring form of photography previously, you’re in for a wild ride of discovery. During my own journey... Read more

The Making Of “Multiplicity”

I believe that nothing is ordinary, that everything and everyday life can be seen as art.

EDITOR?S NOTE: The image Multiplicity by Meredith Winn was featured on the cover of our October 2012 How-To Special Issue. We asked Winn to take us through her creative process in making the image. Also be sure to check out the related story by Winn from that issue, "Express Yourself." I believe that nothing is ordinary, that everything and... Read more

Tips For Ultimate Sharpness

When I teach a workshop, I encourage my students to take the sharpest picture possible.

When I teach a workshop, I encourage my students to take the sharpest picture possible. Afterward, if they want to soften an image with software for a creative or an artistic effect, that’s cool, easy and fun. There are several requirements for getting the sharpest in-camera shot. There are also several techniques for enhancing sharp shots in... Read more

Be A Storm Chaser

Inclement weather creates dramatic photography opportunities

If I had a nickel for every time I decided not to go out in bad weather with my camera, I’d be a rich man. After all, I can hardly resist a good cup of French roast and a fresh blueberry muffin at my local coffee shop. I sit down in those big fluffy red chairs, start reading my favorite book—what photographer in his or her right mind would go... Read more

Express Yourself

We use self-portraits to explore a basic question that plagues all of us: Who am I?

We use self-portraits to explore a basic question that plagues all of us: Who am I? As early as the mid-1400s, artists began painting themselves onto canvas. With the invention of the camera, photographers began turning the image (and their artwork) inward, as well. Yes, a photograph can tell a person what he or she looks like, but we know that the... Read more

Portrait Background Basics

One of the most important things you can do to make better portraits is to find, or create, a background free of distraction.

One of the most important things you can do to make better portraits is to find, or create, a background free of distraction. This doesn’t mean your backgrounds have to be plain, especially if you’re shooting an environmental portrait where context is key. But, generally, you want to find a setting that focuses attention on your subject... Read more

Win A Photo Contest

Whether you’re motivated by the great prizes, exposing your images to a big audience of fellow photo enthusiasts or the possibility of being published, entering a competition can be a rewarding part of being a photographer.

Some of the best images we see here at DP come through our contests. Whether you’re motivated by the great prizes, exposing your images to a big audience of fellow photo enthusiasts or the possibility of being published, entering a competition can be a rewarding part of being a photographer. What do judges look for? We’re going to assume... Read more

Lens On Life

Documentary photography holds the power to capture moments of historical significance, to broaden our exposure to people, places and experiences beyond our reach, to shape (or shatter) our perceptions and to offer an authentic view of humanity.

Documentary photography holds the power to capture moments of historical significance, to broaden our exposure to people, places and experiences beyond our reach, to shape (or shatter) our perceptions and to offer an authentic view of humanity. While photography is much about exposing what we see, there’s so much more going on beneath the surface.... Read more

Rock On!

Since the advent of affordable DSLRs, concert and live music photography has become a burgeoning industry for a lot of photographers.

Since the advent of affordable DSLRs, concert and live music photography has become a burgeoning industry for a lot of photographers. Right along with the digital camera revolution, the indie music scene also has flourished, and this has opened up the doors for many photographers, both new and old, to have a shot at photographing live bands. From... Read more

Make Stunning Floral Images

I like to photograph flowers. In fact, I love to photograph flowers! It turns out that I’m in good photographic company.

I like to photograph flowers. In fact, I love to photograph flowers! It turns out that I’m in good photographic company. Flowers are a subject that many people want to photograph. However, photographers often don’t know how to approach flowers and macros in a creative way that will show the true beauty of their floral models. Some folks... Read more

Natural-Light Portraits

The majority of David Stoecklein’s images are captured with raw natural light, which instills his photography with a cinematic look and a timeless feel, despite being captured with a modern digital camera.

The majority of David Stoecklein’s images are captured with raw natural light, which instills his photography with a cinematic look and a timeless feel, despite being captured with a modern digital camera. Stoecklein’s talent at harnessing the power of natural light brings drama and atmosphere to his images, and at the same time, working... Read more

Have Camera Will travel

Almost every photographer takes travel images.

"What I would do," I explain to Richard, a workshop participant, "is capture a variety of angles. Try walking completely around the Moai statue and shooting every perspective." I’m teaching a photo workshop with Photo Quest Adventures on Easter Island, and we’re spending our first day exploring. Fighting jet lag and... Read more
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