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By Justin Reznick | Sunday, March 1, 2015

Shooting in Winter Skies: Cloud and Rain Photography Tips

Overcast skies and rain photography tips

Photographers tend to get caught up in the idea of what great light is. It’s very common in landscape photography to talk about the “golden hour,” referring to sunrise, including the hour after, and sunset, including the hour before.

You rarely see landscape photographers embracing dreary skies or rain. But I’m here to tell you that there’s no such thing as bad light.

It comes down to finding the right subject. And for overcast and wet conditions, there are plenty of exciting options for the landscape photographer.

Come with me; I’ll give you some overcast-sky and rain photography tips, and show you some images I’ve captured under canopies of clouds.

By Derrick Story | Tuesday, December 2, 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 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 Joseph Linaschke | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shoot Macro Photos — with a Pringles Can


Macro photography requires a big investment in lots of expensive gear, right? Well, maybe not. With a little creative thinking, you can save money by doing some amazing things at home.

A ring light is an expensive but incredibly useful accessory for shooting flash photography of close-up objects. If you aren’t ready to invest in one, but want to play around with one, try this:

Using nothing more than a Pringles can and a few common household items, I’ll show you how to create softly lit macro photos with a pop-up flash.

By Erin Manning | Thursday, November 6, 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.

By Konrad Eek | Sunday, October 26, 2014

Photographers: Make Your Own DIY Light Box

Make a DIY light box on the cheap

For just a few dollars—and in just a few minutes—you can make a simple DIY light box to evenly illuminate small objects for close-up photos.

Whether you’re doing product photography, insurance documentation, or simply shooting as a hobby, this system will give you consistent and effective lighting from a variety of sources.

And it’s made from materials found at your local art supply store.

By Erin Manning | Saturday, September 27, 2014

DIY Headshot Lighting Tips — from a Pro

a DIY headshot with home lighting

Let’s face it, everyone needs an attractive headshot. It’s essential for marketing yourself online. But lighting that DIY headshot can be a challenge if you’re working indoors.

A poorly lit shot can make even the most beautiful model look terrible. But what if you don’t have the budget for lighting gear? What’s a photographer to do?

Get creative!

By Derrick Story | Saturday, August 30, 2014

Photography Hacks: Make an LCD Shade, Battery Protector, and Lighting Field Kit


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.

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