Shooting toward a light source reduces the overall contrast and color saturation of your image.
By J. Dennis Thomas
Shooting toward a light source reduces the overall contrast and color saturation of your image. It underexposes your subject if you set the exposure for the background and overexposes the background if you set the exposure for the subject and the effect introduces odd color and shape artifacts in your image known as lens flare. As photographers, we’re...
"Now boarding, US Airways flight 708 to Munich, Germany. All passengers please proceed to gate A20."
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
“Now boarding, US Airways flight 708 to Munich, Germany. All passengers please proceed to gate A20.”
I’m kicking back in my seat in the International A Terminal at the Philadelphia airport, casually reviewing some notes on Florence, Italy. I’m leading a workshop there for Strabo Photo Tours, and I’m connecting in Munich...
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.
Text & Photography By Bryan Peterson
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...
Using photography to tell the most important story
Text & Photography By Tracey Clark
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...
During my studies for my Graphic Design diploma, Photography 101 was a required course, and that was the start of my passion for photography.
Text & Photography By Matt Molloy
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...
The fact is, most professional photographers use some form of automatic settings for the majority of their work.
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
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...
I remember walking into Bathhouse Studios in New York for the first time.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
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....
Learn to use color deliberately to evoke emotion and deepen the narrative of your images
By Xanthe Berkeley With Tracey Clark, Photography By Xanthe Berkeley
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...
Harness the power of your camera’s scene modes to make better pictures in any circumstances
By William Sawalich
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.
Creating other-worldly images that blend Photoshop with film-based darkroom techniques
By William Sawalich, Photography By Ann Elliott Cutting
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...
Try Photoshop’s Photomerge to create some panoramic magic
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
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...