Express Yourself

We use self-portraits to explore a basic question that plagues all of us: Who am I?

We use self-portraits to explore a basic question that plagues all of us: Who am I? As early as the mid-1400s, artists began painting themselves onto canvas. With the invention of the camera, photographers began turning the image (and their artwork) inward, as well. Yes, a photograph can tell a person what he or she looks like, but we know that the... Read more

Lens On Life

Documentary photography holds the power to capture moments of historical significance, to broaden our exposure to people, places and experiences beyond our reach, to shape (or shatter) our perceptions and to offer an authentic view of humanity.

Documentary photography holds the power to capture moments of historical significance, to broaden our exposure to people, places and experiences beyond our reach, to shape (or shatter) our perceptions and to offer an authentic view of humanity. While photography is much about exposing what we see, there’s so much more going on beneath the surface. There’s... Read more

Rock On!

Since the advent of affordable DSLRs, concert and live music photography has become a burgeoning industry for a lot of photographers.

Since the advent of affordable DSLRs, concert and live music photography has become a burgeoning industry for a lot of photographers. Right along with the digital camera revolution, the indie music scene also has flourished, and this has opened up the doors for many photographers, both new and old, to have a shot at photographing live bands. From... Read more
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Make Stunning Floral Images

I like to photograph flowers. In fact, I love to photograph flowers! It turns out that I’m in good photographic company.

I like to photograph flowers. In fact, I love to photograph flowers! It turns out that I’m in good photographic company. Flowers are a subject that many people want to photograph. However, photographers often don’t know how to approach flowers and macros in a creative way that will show the true beauty of their floral models. Some folks... Read more

Natural-Light Portraits

The majority of David Stoecklein’s images are captured with raw natural light, which instills his photography with a cinematic look and a timeless feel, despite being captured with a modern digital camera.

The majority of David Stoecklein’s images are captured with raw natural light, which instills his photography with a cinematic look and a timeless feel, despite being captured with a modern digital camera. Stoecklein’s talent at harnessing the power of natural light brings drama and atmosphere to his images, and at the same time, working... Read more

Have Camera Will travel

Almost every photographer takes travel images.

“What I would do,” I explain to Richard, a workshop participant, “is capture a variety of angles. Try walking completely around the Moai statue and shooting every perspective.” I’m teaching a photo workshop with Photo Quest Adventures on Easter Island, and we’re spending our first day exploring. Fighting jet lag and... Read more

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
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