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By Justin Reznick | Friday, January 16, 2015

Freeze Frame: Cold-Weather Photography Tips

cold-weather photography is rewarding

Winter landscapes are stunning to behold—and to shoot. But cold-weather photography comes with a unique set of challenges.

It’s important for photographers to have the proper equipment and using smart techniques when shooting in the bitter cold.

Follow these strategies and gear tips to ensure that winter conditions don’t slow you down on your next photographic outing.

By Jeff Carlson | Monday, January 5, 2015

Want to Be a Better Photographer? Get Out There and Shoot

To be a better photographer, go out and shoot in your neighborhood

“What’s the most important thing to know about photography?”

The woman asking was in the back of a touring van with me, two of a dozen photographers bouncing along the highway between destinations on a photo workshop. She was relatively new to photography, enthusiastic about making images with a new DSLR that she was only just beginning to understand how to use.

I think she expected me to answer with something about lens choices or camera features. I had become an unofficial geek consultant during the workshop, happily fielding questions about camera gear, iPads, Macs, and software. Those things naturally shuffled through my brain, but after a moment I changed tack and said, “To go out and do it.”

Even as I spoke, I knew that sounded like the most obvious, clichéd, bumper-sticker answer one could come up with. Just do it! Carpé diem! Seize the sunrise! All that.

But to be a better photographer, you’ve got to develop and nurture a photographer’s eye. And to do that, you need practice, which means going out and making photos.

By Jeff Carlson | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: My Passport Wireless for the Traveling Photographer

WD My Passport Wireless

Traveling for the holidays? Do you feel obliged to bring your laptop to manage the photos you plan to capture? Sure, that’s the easiest way to store and manage your images, but lugging a laptop too often feels like bringing work along, too.

In a recent series of articles, I advocated how an iPad is a fantastic photographer’s companion when shooting in the field (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). It’s lightweight, powerful, and has a great screen for reviewing photos.

What it doesn’t have is a lot of storage. Even a 128 GB model can be limiting if you’re shooting many gigabytes of image files—especially if you capture larger raw images, or Raw+JPEG pairs. Using an iPad also doesn’t provide a good backup of your photos.

But that doesn’t mean you need to lug the laptop. I’ve been using the WD My Passport Wireless portable hard disk as an extension of my iPad’s storage and for photo backup. Unlike earlier drives that connect to mobile devices via Wi-Fi, the My Passport Wireless includes a component that makes a huge difference for photographers: a built-in SD card reader.

By Brian Matiash | Sunday, December 7, 2014

9 Smart Gifts for Photographers Who Shoot Outdoors


We recently shared a list of 11 great budget-friendly gifts for photographers, from tripods and cases to reflectors and diffusers.

But as photographers ourselves, we know there’s no limit to the tools that photographers lust after! So here’s another list of “non-gear” gear that every outdoor photographer will find useful in making those shoots out in the elements more comfortable, safe, and productive.

Best of all: These gifts are all under $100, too.

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 Seán Duggan | Friday, October 3, 2014

Get Ready to Photograph the Eclipse — with These Expert Tips

Lunar Eclipse Over Donner Peak


This Sunday, the final lunar eclipse of the current eclipse tetrad takes place—that’s the last of four total lunar eclipses occurring at six-month intervals in a two-year period.

As seen in the image above, which I made during the first eclipse of this tetrad back in April 2014, this eclipse will result in a “blood moon,” where the moon takes on a dark orange color.  The eclipse will be will be visible in parts of North and South America, Europe, western Asia and Africa. Click here to see if it will be visible where you live.

If you’re thinking about heading out into the night and photographing an eclipse, here are some tips and suggestions to make sure you have the right gear and are ready once the sky’s shadow dance begins.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stop! Don’t Shoot: Property Releases for Photographers

Property Releases and Photographers

If you’re a photographer who shoots outdoors with any regularity, you’ve probably been asked to put your camera away: “No photos allowed here.”

But what are your rights, actually? When and where are you allowed to take pictures on public and private property?

By Derrick Story | Friday, September 5, 2014

Photography Hacks: Power Charging, Repurposed Loupe, MacGyver Box



That’s the one thing all digital photographers need. So I’m going to show you a couple “off the beaten track” power sources for your digital devices.

I also have a quick tip for creating an on-the-go LCD magnifier and a handy MacGyver kit that fits in a repurposed filter box.

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