By Derrick Story | Saturday, August 30, 2014
Problem solving is an important part of photography. Most of us have had to overcome contrasty light to capture a pleasing portrait, or work around intrusive power lines that mar an otherwise beautiful landscape.
But devising creative solutions isn’t limited to working behind the lens.
How, for example, can we compose a shot on an LCD with intense sunlight overhead causing glare on our screen? Or what’s a safe and convenient way to transport our spare batteries?
Instead of spending time and money shopping for accessories that may or may not work, why not create the solutions ourselves? After all, we’re photographers. We solve problems.
By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, August 28, 2014
We humans always need some issue to take sides on. For photographers, the Great Debate is whether to shoot in Raw or JPEG mode.
The answer to the question is yes: You can make great photos using either format.
By Scott Erickson | Saturday, August 16, 2014
Marilyn. Audrey. Elizabeth. Cher. Ringo. Leo. Last names aren’t required when you rattle off the people who’ve sat before Douglas Kirkland’s lens.
With a career spanning almost 60 years, he has photographed some of the most iconic figures of popular culture.
On today, his 80th birthday, I can’t help but think of the day Douglas sat in front of my camera, and of the simple panic-inducing question I asked myself:
How do you photograph one of your photographic heroes?
The answer is simple: Do as he does.
By Justin Reznick | Friday, August 15, 2014
There’s sort of a “rule” in outdoor photography that you should never shoot long exposures of flowing water.
But I’m going to show you how rules can, and sometimes should, be broken.
By Jeff Carlson | Tuesday, August 05, 2014
At Sparks Lake in Oregon, my fellow workshop participants and I parked in a designated lot in pre-dawn darkness. We unloaded our gear and snaked along a short, well-maintained trail to the lake’s edge and set up cameras and tripods on a rocky, raised overlook.
The sky, unfortunately cloudless, treated us to blue and purple hues as the sun rose to the right of two mountains, Broken Top and South Sister. I composed and captured a variety of images, and then noticed the sun was starting to break across the peak of Broken Top.
Just as I was setting up a new composition, I spied movement in my viewfinder. Another photographer came scrabbling along a tiny spit of rocks I was using to frame the mountaintop’s reflection and set up his tripod.
In my shot.
What’s the proper etiquette when you’re shooting on location?
By Derrick Story | Friday, August 01, 2014
Lightroom Mobile is an app that lets me bring bits of my Lightroom library with me on the road. But after using it in Hawaii for a week, the tool felt more like a one-way ticket than a roundtrip.
It does a decent job of providing mobile access to an established library on a Windows or Mac computer back home. Using Creative Cloud as the conduit, I can sync Collections within my Lightroom catalog, and view them practically anywhere on an iPad or iPhone. That’s handy.
But I also wanted to upload and manage pictures that I captured in Maui using Lightroom Mobile on my iPad. Going this direction—let’s call it the return trip—was bumpier. The biggest roadblock was that I couldn’t add IPTC metadata, such as copyright, caption, and author name.
Here’s a closer look at how this journey unfolded:
By Kevin Steele | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Sports photography is not limited to shooting from the sideline or documenting a race or event. Most of my commercial advertising and editorial work is staged and set up with careful planning and teamwork.
Here’s how I capture the quintessential moment of action—from advance planning to on-the-fly experimenting.
By Jan Kabili | Monday, July 28, 2014
Putting your finger on a particular photo in a large Lightroom library can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Keywords get my vote for the most powerful way to keep track of photos in Lightroom.
Here are my favorite tips for making keywording in Lightroom work for you:
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