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By Derrick Story | Tuesday, December 02, 2014

11 Great Gifts for Photographers — All Under $100


Photographers aren’t the easiest people to buy for. Ask them what they want, and you’ll most likely be greeted with a grin and a request for a $2,000 camera.

Fear not! The following gifts for photographers are sure to please the most finicky enthusiast. And with every item here priced below $100, you’ll both be smiling as the wrapping paper falls to the floor.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Friday, November 28, 2014

Please Release Me: When Do You Need a Property Release Form?

Do you always need a property release form on private property?

In my last article, I told you about the photographers’ rights when it comes to taking pictures on public and private property.

Now I’m going to show you when and how to use a property release form — to get permission to take and use photos when the owner can legally stop you.

By Derrick Story | Monday, November 24, 2014

The Gift-Giver’s Guide to Premium Compact and Mirrorless Cameras


Traveling photographers and those who just want to lighten the load are taking interest in the current class of premium compact and mirrorless cameras. Because of their popularity over the last few years, there are plenty of options with a variety of features and prices.

If you or someone you know is hoping to get one of these powerful, compact image-making machines as a gift this season, here’s a guide to help you find the right one.

By Erin Manning | Sunday, November 16, 2014

Shooting Holiday Portraits Outside? Have Some FUN!


Tired of the same old ho-ho-hum holiday pictures? Want to add some pizzazz and personality to your shots? It’s easier to capture the joy of the season when you and your subjects are having fun. Use these photo tips as a guide for inspiration.

By Scott Erickson | Friday, November 14, 2014

It's Almost Here: The DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter

The DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter comes with its own camera

There’s been no denying the explosion in popularity of drone camera platforms in the past few years and this week DJI, the company at the forefront of the industry, took a giant leap forward when it revealed the new DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter.

At a special event on San Francisco’s Treasure Island, DJI announced the new flying camera system as the evolution of everything they’ve learned over their eight-year history of building Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs. Their popular Phantom quadcopter system required you to attach your own camera or to attach a video transmitter to see a live stream from the camera. This time out, DJI is providing a completely integrated system right out of the box.

By Konrad Eek | Thursday, November 13, 2014

5 Great Reasons for Shooting Film (Yes, Film). Give It a Try!


When I began my formal study of photography, Minolta had just introduced an auto focus 35mm SLR, and you had to master exposure and chemical film and print processing to get a great photo.

The digital revolution has made it difficult to get a bad result with any type of camera these days—and if you do, Photoshop cures most ills. I confess to doing virtually all my professional work with a digital camera.

However, there are still great reasons for taking the time to learn the traditional process of shooting film. Here are five of them:

By John Derry | Saturday, November 08, 2014

Transform a Photo into a Digital Painting —as a Holiday Gift

Make a digital painting from a portrait

When it comes to giving gifts, everyone knows that a nice photographic portrait can make a great personalized present.

But I’m going to show you how to take that portrait a step further—and turn it into a painted interpretation.

By Erin Manning | Thursday, November 06, 2014

Shooting Portraits at High Noon? Don't Sweat It


Early morning and late afternoon are great times to shoot portraits outdoors. The sun is low in the sky, which results in soft, beautiful lighting.

But what if you don’t have the time or the luxury of shooting at the most beautiful time of day? Are your chances of capturing a flattering portrait—well, shot?

Not at all! It’s easy to capture great portraits at high noon. You just have to know what to look for.

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