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...
I was a film photographer long before—and even after—digital photography became mainstream.
Text & Photography By Tracey Clark
I was a film photographer long before—and even after—digital photography became mainstream. Back then, I recall making careful decisions about the kind of film I would need to pack prior to each shoot. My photographic intention had to be deliberate, thought out and carefully planned.
I had to make choices, both before the shoot and about what...
Learn how to use one light to capture incredible portraits
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
In portraiture, there’s a temptation for some photographers to use several lights, with the goal of creating a dramatic portrait. That can work, for sure. On the other hand, using only one light also can produce some awesome portraits. What’s more, it’s much easier to work with one light than with two or three lights.
In this article,...
I remember my first big telephoto lens. I was living in a small cabin in Alaska, working as a mountaineering guide and living on a shoestring budget. I awoke many mornings to see moose wandering through my yard or sandhill cranes feeding nearby. My Nikon 80-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens was always attached to my camera, ready to go. I captured some nice moose images,...
Use multiple exposures and light-painting techniques to create powerfully luminous images
Text & Photography By Eric Curry
If you devour Flickr and YouTube videos on photography, you probably know about the “paint with light” photography technique—it’s really more of a lighting technique. For anybody who hasn’t stumbled upon this unusual and inspiring form of photography previously, you’re in for a wild ride of discovery. During my own journey...
I believe that nothing is ordinary, that everything and everyday life can be seen as art.
Text And Photography By Meredith Winn
EDITOR?S NOTE: The image Multiplicity by Meredith Winn was featured on the cover of our October 2012 How-To Special Issue. We asked Winn to take us through her creative process in making the image. Also be sure to check out the related story by Winn from that issue, "Express Yourself."
I believe that nothing is ordinary, that everything and...