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
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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

Stop The Shakes

Switzerland is the perfect country for travel photography.

A surfer in Lake Thun moves at a high rate of speed through a static castle and bridge in the background. To freeze the surfer in action, I used a 1/1000 sec. shutter speed at ƒ/4.5 with my Nikon D3 set with an 800 ISO because of the fading late-afternoon light. Switzerland is the perfect country for travel photography. It has the most beautiful... Read more

Create A Time-Lapse Video

It’s easier than ever to do with the latest digital cameras and basic software

Using time-lapse photography, you can produce videos that are able to show the world in a way in which the human eye doesn’t ordinarily see. Plants can grow in mere seconds, a sun can rise above a city in moments, and you can see a complete day unfold in less than a minute. Because of one of the more extraordinary advancements in camera... Read more

Sequence It!

The lip is a little sticky this morning. I’m only going to do this jump once," crackles over the radio. "Are you ready?"

The lip is a little sticky this morning. I’m only going to do this jump once,” crackles over the radio. “Are you ready?” Dave asks. I answer, “Ready down here. But please be careful. Do whatever jump you want.” “I’m going for it!” Dave replies. “This is what I do every day!” Dave’s... Read more

Behind The Scene Modes

Understand what happens “under the hood” when using subject-specific automatic modes

Your camera’s Scene Modes automatically adjust important camera settings for typical subjects and situations. Most entry-level DSLRs and many midrange models have Scene Modes, as do the new mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras and most compact digital cameras. For those learning the art of photography, these modes can help you better understand... Read more

Tips For Better Video Sound

The very first thing to learn about working with audio is that it can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be.

The very first thing to learn about working with audio is that it can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be. The microphones built into HD DSLRs are a convenient audio source for photographers just getting started with video on their still cameras. These internal microphones are similar in many ways to a basic kit lens. They’re... Read more

How to Use A Lensbaby

Defined by a combination of focal range, aperture and composition, the "sweet spot" of an image is the area in a photo that’s the most sharp and clear.

Defined by a combination of focal range, aperture and composition, the "sweet spot" of an image is the area in a photo that’s the most sharp and clear. This sweet spot is used to bring your viewer’s attention to the area of the image on which you’d most like them to focus. For general-purpose photography, sweet spots should... Read more
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