Ultralight Painting

Use multiple exposures and Eric Curry’s light-painting techniques to create powerfully luminous images
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 and experiences... Read more

Diving Into Underwater Photography

Finding the right lens, best light, sturdiest gear and smartest ways to keep equipment dry
Jason Bradley
Not every photographer will get to dive with sharks, but with the right techniques and gear, it’s possible to capture breathtaking sub-aquatic photos on any aquatic adventure. Gear Photography By Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo Photography today has no shortage of technical hurdles. It can be daunting to learn about camera sensors, flashes,... Read more

Urban Photography: The City Comes Alive At Night

Finding the soul of the city through night photography
Brian Matiash
A City Has A Different Look At Night. While I have more than my share of photos of the Tokyo Tower during the day, the elegance and beauty is instantly apparent when viewed from a distance at night. For many reasons, I consider myself very fortunate to have been born and raised in New York. For the first 18 years of my life, my entire world was made... Read more

Sports: The Competitive Edge

A professional approach to modern sports photography
Brett Wilhelm
In the sponsor-rich world of televised competition, clean backgrounds can be hard to come by. Separating the athlete against the sky while still showcasing the fans and overall ambience makes for a compelling competition shot. Advancing technologies and evolving educational resources in the last decade have led to a new golden age in digital sports... Read more

Setting The Scene For Landscape Photography

How to quickly and easily capture the grandeur and beauty of the world around you
landscape photography tips
Plan Ahead. I had planned this photograph of the Milky Way over Turret Arch and South Window in Arches National Park, Utah, months in advance using The Photographer’s Ephemeris and Skygazer. Landscape photography looks so easy. We’ve all pulled up to a scenic overlook or arrived at our destination on a hike, and said, “Wow!” But as most of us... Read more

Travel Photography Pro Tips

Get the most out of your travel images with these tips from a pro
Rick Sammon
To really connect with a subject, it’s good to get up close and interact with them, instead of capturing them from afar. Being a travel photographer is a dream come true for many amateur and professional photographers alike. Sure, there’s a downside—most notably the travel to and from a destination—but those long airport TSA wait lines and... Read more

Portraits: Keep It Real

Finding Creative Ways To Capture True Portraits
Portrait/Thomas Boyd-Trail Blazer
On the Portland Trail Blazers’ media day, the players go to a dozen stations of video and still photographers. They expect a photo to be shot in seconds, not minutes. There’s very little time to build rapport. They just want to get it done as soon as possible. They’ve had so much practice at PR, they know what it takes. My strategy is to give... Read more

Cross-Lighting

The silver bullet of lighting solves some difficult photographic problems.
Cross-lighting22 by Tom Bol
Cross-lighting in an alley. Background light is an Elinchrom Quadra with 30-degree grid and an orange gel. Main light from the front is an Elinchrom Quadra shot through a 27”x27” square softbox with grid. Every photographer knows that beautiful light is critical in creating an impressive image. Striking subjects can look boring in flat light, while... Read more

Lit Up

Making the most of available light
Available Light: Twilight
Light makes photography. Embrace light. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography. – George Eastman Every photographer loves the Golden Hour, that part of the day where the light slants from the sun at just the right angle. The world changes colors. Faces soften as people exhale under... Read more

Photo Workout: Flex Your Photographic Skills

How do you become a better photographer? You can read articles in magazines like PCPhoto, study books and attend workshops. All of these pursuits will help you learn new and improved techniques for photography.

It’s easy to get distracted by an interesting subject and miss what’s going on with the light. Workout #1 will help you focus your attention on the qualities of the light in your scene. How do you become a better photographer? You can read articles in magazines like PCPhoto, study books and attend workshops. All of these pursuits... Read more

Five Classic Lighting Recipes

Five tried-and-true lighting styles for effective portraits
Classic Lighting 9
As much as I like to experiment when it comes to lighting, there are times I need a sure thing, and that’s when I reach into my bag of tricks and pull out one of the five lighting techniques that always work and that create a variety of looks? These techniques are ones that a beginner can master in a short time with minimal gear, and should be part... Read more

10 Tips For Better Travel Photos

Pro techniques to help you take unique and personal images for your photographic journal
If you want to return home with a great travel portfolio, you need to break out of the tourist mentality and move beyond typical snapshots of postcard locations, you want to master the fine art of travel photography. Award-winning travel photographer Nevada Wier shares her top techniques to create photographs that are not only visually engaging, but... Read more
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