Where to place your camera for inviting photos of food
Text & Photography By Christina Peters
Do you have trouble figuring out what camera angle to use for your food shots? I find that, with the students I teach, this is a common problem. When I first started teaching, I would do a demo in class, where I set up my camera while my colleague, who I was teaching the class with, would set up our food and props for the shot. A student asked me, “How...
Sometimes photos aren’t enough to capture a moment. Photographer Jason Watts helps families document unique periods in their lives.
By Tracey Clark, With Jason Watts, Photography By Jason Watts
One morning in mid-August, as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, a stunningly simple vintage-style portrait of a young boy caught my attention. The words written across the image, posted by photographer Jason Watts, read, “Bearing Witness.” That image and those words stirred my very soul. I was only two weeks away from traveling across the...
Fully mobile photography has changed the game for travel photographers—find out how it can make your shoots better, too
Text & Photography By DL Byron
For the entire history of photography, photographers have strived to make the process of capturing an image more portable and more instantaneous in order to help them take masterful photos, wherever they may go. The camera obscura (literally, “dark room”), the precursor to what we know as a camera, was actually a room with a pinhole in it. That’s...
Explore the creative possibilities of underwater photography
Text & Photography By Elena Kalis
Ten years ago, seeking to extend my traditional art background, I picked up a camera and an underwater housing and started “playing in my backyard” with my young daughter as my model. I was also lucky to live nearby clear, warm water, and soon became fascinated by what I found. The spectacular effect of sunlight through water, the dreamlike...
What happens when a portrait photographer turns her eye to the discarded elements in her environment? Images of objects that feel like portraits.
Text & Photography By Jen Lemen
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....
Capture the silky water effect with these tips and tools
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
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...
Planning and focus can be the difference between amazing travel photos and a collection of dull snapshots
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
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...
Explore the fascinating world of close-up photography
Text & Photography By Damon Clarke
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...
"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
Improve your exposure accuracy with a handheld light meter
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
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...
Leave room in the itinerary to wander off on your own
Text & Photography By Alessandra Cave
"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,...
Gear and techniques for photographing glaciers and other “icescapes”
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
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....