Creative Wedding Photos

Photographing a wedding is one of the most challenging assignments a photographer can take.

Photographing a wedding is one of the most challenging assignments a photographer can take. For photographers who excel at it, like Laura Pineda, owner of Alternate Angles Photography, it’s a passion. You can hear the excitement in Pineda’s voice when she talks about weddings, and with 15 years of experience, she’s a master of capturing special... Read more

Photo Storytelling

How do you capture and convey the essence of a place with still photographs?

How do you capture and convey the essence of a place with still photographs? A well-crafted photo essay is the answer. Travel magazine photo editors will tell you “a location isn’t a story.” In other words, you can’t suggest an idea to a publication by saying, “I want to do a story on Italy.” You need to choose a topic and focus on it. Applying... Read more

Dramatic Weather Photography

Should we turn back?” a workshop participant asks between breaths.

Should we turn back?” a workshop participant asks between breaths. “Those thunderheads look really nasty.” “No way!” I reply. “Those clouds are going to make this day exciting. Just be ready to head down if you see lightning.” We’re in the middle of an uphill slickrock slog to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. I’m teaching a... Read more

Beyond HDR

One thing I love about digital photography is the capability to create images that are closer to what we see in the world, rather than being restricted by the technological limitations of the camera sensor.

Double-Processing RAW: Shadows One thing I love about digital photography is the capability to create images that are closer to what we see in the world, rather than being restricted by the technological limitations of the camera sensor. High dynamic range photography, or HDR, has become popular because of its ability to get more detail out of the... Read more

Travel With Still+Video

Tips for better technical and creative results shooting video with your DSLR

The year 2009 will go down in history books as a revolutionary one for photography. It ended the era when stills were stills and video was video, and never the twain would meet. Shooting professional-looking video with hybrid DSLRs has come of age. In 2010, we’ve seen the release of even more impressive hybrid cameras. Having great tools doesn’t... Read more

Water

Whether it’s your focal subject or a supporting element, these quick tips will get your feet wet

Water can be a deep subject. But seriously, it’s photographically fascinating. It takes on so many different forms, you could build an entire portfolio around it. For that reason, water is an ideal subject for improving your technical skills. Master the art of photographing water, and you’ll be drawing on core concepts, including shutter speeds... Read more

Light Noir

How Britton Black creates intriguing, mysterious images through dramatic lighting and color

I try to make it seem like my subjects are emitting the light. Though it may seem that Britton Black’s exciting portfolio of finely crafted, atmospheric images are the result of meticulous postprocessing, his unique “film-noir” style is performed almost entirely in the real world. Black employs a variety of lights and long exposures in a... Read more

Overexposing Raw

Most photographers try to make the perfect exposure every time.

A “normal” exposure’s histogram will show an even distribution. Most photographers try to make the perfect exposure every time. But there’s a school of thought that says photographers who capture RAW files would do better to slightly overexpose. This theory, sometimes called “exposing to the right” because it places the peaks of a histogram... Read more

The Art Of Selective Focus

Save the planet. Stop world hunger. Eliminate poverty. These mottos bounced around in my naive brain as I entered journalism school years ago.

Save the planet. Stop world hunger. Eliminate poverty. These mottos bounced around in my naive brain as I entered journalism school years ago. College was my formal photography education; freelancing and world travel was my reality check. Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 1/2500 at ƒ/2.8, ISO 100, blur applied in Photoshop One of my assignments in journalism... Read more

Go Ultra Wide!

Ultrawide lenses are usually defined as lenses 20mm or shorter in full-frame 35mm-film-equivalent terms.

Ultrawide lenses are usually defined as lenses 20mm or shorter in full-frame 35mm-film-equivalent terms. That usually means 18mm, 15mm or even 12mm, but it’s not just about the focal length—you also have to account for the sensor size. On smaller sensors, ultrawide status requires even shorter lenses, down to as small as 7mm, which translates into... Read more

Creative Flash

The word is finally out: TTL flash is a powerful tool to improve your photography, and easier to use than ever before.

The word is finally out: TTL flash is a powerful tool to improve your photography, and easier to use than ever before. Modern TTL flashes are loaded with useful features and can even work wirelessly from your camera. One obstacle that has kept many photographers from embracing TTL flash is the lack of accessories available to modify TTL flash. One... Read more
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