Speed Flash

I still remember the day I first used high-speed sync flash.

I still remember the day I first used high-speed sync flash. I was shooting mountain bikers on desert slickrock in Moab, Utah, and I was having a bad day. I was frustrated about getting motion blur every time I took a shot and used flash. Motion blur looked nice on some images, but I wanted a razor-sharp image. I also needed to add some fill-flash to... Read more

Night Photography Tips

Night photography can be quite a challenge. After all, you’re chasing light that’s barely there, and you have to work your camera in the dark.

Night photography can be quite a challenge. After all, you’re chasing light that’s barely there, and you have to work your camera in the dark. You can solve the latter problem with a flashlight, but you need skills to handle the photographic hurdles. Keep reading for a breakdown of equipment and techniques that will help you conquer three... Read more

Photos That Sell

A logical progression for aspiring photographers or part-time pros is creating images that sell in today’s marketplace.

“Bill, make sure ?you jump far enough; I don’t want you to land on me,” I half-jokingly tell my climbing partner as he carefully stacks the rope at the edge of the crevasse. As if jumping across a huge crevasse isn’t enough, I continue to direct Bill. “Stretch out so you make a clean shape as you jump. Try holding the... Read more

Digital Photo Safari

I’ve been a digital travel photographer for a long time, which is why some of my friends jokingly call me the "Godfather of Photography."

I’ve been a digital travel photographer for a long time, which is why some of my friends jokingly call me the "Godfather of Photography." One thing I’ve learned over the years: It’s not easy having fun. Yes, digital travel photography is fun, but it’s also a lot of hard work—especially when you go to remote locations. ... Read more

Stunning B&W

Like most photographers who got into the medium before digital, my first photos were black-and-white.

Like most photographers who got into the medium before digital, my first photos were black-and-white. It was popular with students because it’s much easier to work with than color film and chemistry when you’re developing and printing your own work. Shooting in black-and-white is also a good practice for developing your visual "vocabulary"... Read more

The Hybrid Photographer

Japan is one of the most picturesque countries on earth.

Cotton Carrier Camera Vest Japan is one of the most picturesque countries on earth. When I first traveled there 20 years ago, it was with a still camera shooting film. Now I have the ability to record what I see and experience in both high-quality digital stills and HD video with one camera. The hybrid revolution has made this possible. In the... Read more

Control The Light

Every photographer knows light is what makes or breaks an image.

Every photographer knows light is what makes or breaks an image. One of my favorite quotes about photography is, "You are not photographing the subject, you are photographing the light on the subject." Photograph a supermodel in flat light and you get a nice shot. After all, that’s why she’s a supermodel. But add some articulated,... Read more

Punch Up The Color

How to use color creatively for images that pop

This is a really nice image,” I tell Jay, a photo workshop participant. I’m teaching a landscape photo workshop, and this afternoon we’re doing image critiques. “I like the horizontal line, the foggy atmosphere and the silhouetted person on the sidewalk. But there’s one thing I would do different.” “Maybe crop... Read more

The Unscripted Portrait

Create candid portraits that convey authentic emotions and relationships

People as photographic subjects are often far too aware of the lens. Point a camera at them, and they will automatically switch to smiling mode, a problem with which event and portrait photographers are all too familiar. Based out of New York, photographer David Kerry Hannan is exceptionally skilled at the “unscripted portrait,” in which... Read more

Monumental Photos

Wherever they’re located, the one thing that almost all monuments have in common is their size.

Wherever they’re located, the one thing that almost all monuments have in common is their size. They’re big—very big. No person or civilization wants the symbols of their existence built for posterity to be diminutive. In photographic terms, it means that unless you’re planning to carry thousands of pounds of floodlights, you need... Read more

Four Seasons

Long before it’s time to actually fire the camera, landscape photography requires you to make all kinds of considerations.

Long before it’s time to actually fire the camera, landscape photography requires you to make all kinds of considerations. The more thoughtful you are about a shoot beforehand, the more likely it is you’re going to walk away with images that you really like. Not least among those considerations is the time of year. Colorful fall foliage,... Read more

Better Holiday Portraits

10 tips to take your best family photos this season

Holidays are a time when families gather, making it an ideal opportunity for family portraits. One of the nicest places for a family portrait is outside, but since winter weather doesn’t always cooperate, it’s often best to keep the shoot indoors. Sure, there are challenges, but shooting indoors also eliminates some of the problems of shooting... Read more
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