Learn how to use the four classical lighting patterns: Butterfly, Loop, Rembrandt and Split
By William Sawalich
When learning to craft beautifully lit portraits, there’s no better place to start than with classical lighting patterns. These lighting setups have laid the foundation for portraiture since long before photography existed, when master painters relied on them for ideal illumination of the face. There are four traditional lighting patterns: Butterfly,...
It’s very easy to develop habits and get stuck in a photographic rut. This process can be so gradual that you may not even realize or notice that you’re stagnating creatively. Your pictures can look perfectly fine, but you may have stopped growing and advancing as a photographer without even knowing it.
The key to keep growing as a photographer...
Controlling your camera remotely is useful in a variety of situations, from macro photography to group portraits to positioning your camera in places where you can’t comfortably be.
By Wes Pitts
CamRanger Wireless Camera Control
Controlling your camera remotely is useful in a variety of situations, from macro photography to group portraits to positioning your camera in places where you can’t comfortably be. While remote controls for cameras aren’t new, the smartphone has made it possible to do a lot more than merely trigger...
Exploring aerial photography with DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision+
Text & Photography By Ryan Noll
Drones are a hot-button topic. It seems every few days there’s a new story considering the implications, good or bad, of aerial photography and videography, not to mention the contentious debate pertaining to the legality of using them commercially. But, really, with so much chatter about drone use, what’s it actually like to fly one of...
Classes, tours and workshops offer valuable instruction and insights to sharpen your skills
By Ashley Myers-Turner
Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced pro, there’s always something new to learn in photography. Practice is essential, learning through trial and error, but you can fast-track your improvement by interacting with other photographers, sharing difficulties and successes, and getting feedback from expert instructors. Whether you...
A primer on contrast, direction, quality, color, intensity and movement
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
We all want to get the very best in-camera exposure, and a good exposure is all about correctly capturing light, the main element in every photograph. That said, your idea of the best exposure might be different from mine because, for one reason, you may prefer photographs that are a little darker or lighter than I prefer.
The first step in capturing...
Mixing the spontaneity of candid street photography with the goals of portraiture
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
There’s some debate about exactly what street photography is, and this debate also spills over into the realm of street portraiture. Many people insist that all street photography must be undirected, and the photographer should simply capture the event as it unfolds. While it’s great to be an outside observer capturing interesting, absurd,...
Capturing the essence of autumn and the change of seasons
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
We come inside with dewy shoes and arms full of firewood. The air shifts, the leaves fall, and the farm stands are full of crimson, browns and orange. The cooler wet weather creeps in; we light the first fire in the wood stove and walk slowly into autumn. Welcome to fall in New England.
Through the early-morning fog, we drive past ponds where mist rises;...
When we travel, either to the other side of the world or to the other side of the country, making good people pictures can be a rewarding experience.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
When we travel, either to the other side of the world or to the other side of the country, making good people pictures can be a rewarding experience. Yes, that experience comes with some challenges, but it’s pictures of people that make slideshows and web galleries come alive. Strong portraits, pictures with impact, can also be showstoppers on...
Reflections are the beauty of a childhood imagined. The daydream of life captured in a flash of sunlight and sea sparkle. I dig turning the world on its end, diving inside and outside to peek beneath and beyond the ordinary world I face every day.
The dreaminess of a reflection aptly resembles the many layers that life hands us. Nothing is as it seems,...
Tips for making pro-quality images of iconic buildings when traveling
By William Sawalich, Photography By John Linden
Whether your destination is close to home or across the globe, vacation travel presents a chance to photograph interesting architecture. Longtime pro John Linden shares his suggestions for making the most of this unique opportunity.
"On holiday," Linden says, "you don’t want the camera to get in your way. Carry a camera you’re...
So begins certainly one of my favorite parts of the experience: capturing it all through my lens.
Text & Photography By Tracey Clark
Whenever I think about "travel photography," I think of images of sunsets on a tropical island, unusual yet enticing foods placed on platters over vibrant textiles, cobblestone streets flanked by ancient architecture and, of course, the compelling candid shots of the local people. The whole "idea" of travel and the photography that...