Focusing On Nature

What happens when a portrait photographer turns her eye to the discarded elements in her environment? Images of objects that feel like portraits.

As a photographer, I’ve always been determined to find the kind of hope that illuminates a frame. My eye is trained to see tiny things—the impossible ray of light, the most subtle gesture, the glance that says it all. I love trying to capture the human spirit in my lens; I love even more the invitation to travel and see the world with new eyes.... Read more

Go With The Flow

Capture the silky water effect with these tips and tools

John Lennon said, “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” When it comes to your photography, it’s your imagination—your creativity—that makes you who you are. That’s very cool. One of the controls we can use to create our own photographic reality is the shutter speed setting on our cameras. With that simple control, we can alter time—by... Read more

Travel with A Purpose

Planning and focus can be the difference between amazing travel photos and a collection of dull snapshots

Have you ever sat through a friend’s vacation slideshow and dreaded every minute of it? Countless images of cluttered markets, busy landscapes and cliché snapshots blur into oblivion. You nod your head in a daze of encouragement, wanting to be polite, but after the last shot of the cute kid eating ice cream, you can’t take it anymore. If only your... Read more

Intro To Macro

Explore the fascinating world of close-up photography

Imagine a land ruled by giant eight-eyed creatures the size of a car with long translucent fur, colorful stripes and purple iridescent fangs. Imagine a land where huge balls of glistening water fall from the sky and cling to every surface, magnifying and refracting sunlight, a land where you can explore flowers the size of a house with beds of pollen... Read more

Photo Exercise: Something You Collect

Every collection tells a story

"Her umbrella was filled with rain she had collected in her travels & on hot summer days she would open it up for the neighborhood kids & we would splash in the puddles & then it would smell like Nairobi or Tasmania & later on we would sit on the porch & eat ice cream & watch for tigers in the bushes." —StoryPeople ... Read more

Master The Meter

Improve your exposure accuracy with a handheld light meter

When the photography world made the switch from film to digital, one casualty of the conversion was the handheld light meter. Those LCDs on the backs of cameras made handheld meters (in the eyes of many, at least) obsolete. But in fact, there’s almost as much reason to use a handheld meter today as there ever was. For exposure accuracy and for... Read more

Photo Exercise: Afar

Leave room in the itinerary to wander off on your own

"I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world." —Mary Anne Radmacher While our daily photo practice is mainly focused on capturing the beauty that is nearby and in our everyday lives, there are times when we will take our cameras further out into the world. Photography can help us connect with other cultures,... Read more

Land Of Ice And Snow

Gear and techniques for photographing glaciers and other “icescapes”

Glaciers and ice formations, with their unique and ever-changing shapes, patterns and textures, offer photographers wonderful photographic opportunities. Due to weather, terrain and reflections, they also offer photographers unique challenges. In this article, I’ll cover how to take advantage of those opportunities and how to deal with those challenges.... Read more

Cityscapes

Capturing the pulse of urban life

Cities are full of photographic potential. Urban photography is a blend of city landscape, portraiture and street photography; it’s a genre all to itself that’s often gritty and beautifully abstract. Because of these combinations, your tourist or vacation images from the big city have the promise of carrying a style all their own. With urban... Read more

A Change Of Scenery

Inspiration comes in a departure from the ordinary

The benefits of travel are no great mystery. Much of the time, travel means vacation, and vacation means rest, relaxation, fun and festivities. Although some travel might be more obligatory, like a work trip, for instance, when we’re plucked out of our normal daily routine and plunked down into a new environment, inspiration can be found practically... Read more

Local Color

Tips for finding unique shots to add style to your travel portfolio

Tuning your eyes to an alternative view of your city or destination can be really fun. I like to look for colorful details in a new location, for unique portraits and capturing places from a different perspective when I’m traveling. Here are some of my favorite ways to add cheer and color to your travel photography. JUMP SHOTS! Finding a colorful... Read more

Pro Landscape Secrets

Step up your scenic photography with these key techniques

Ever since Ansel Adams, photographs of the natural landscape have inspired people and fired the imagination. Great landscape photos, however, don’t just happen by pointing your camera at pretty scenery. Instead, landscape pros use a number of techniques to make captivating images, bringing their subjects to life with composition, color and light. ... Read more
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