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By Jeff Carlson | Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Photographer Etiquette: Shooting on Location

Sparks Sunrise and Photographer

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 Megan O. Read | Monday, October 26, 2009

New photo assignment: Using backlighting to your photographic advantage


Derrick Story and his model, Denise Crosby, show us how to best use backlight, reflection, spot metering, and fill flash for stunning professional-quality photographs.

Derrick Story is at it again! He is bound and determined to make us better photographers, and his new series of Photo Assignment courses really do give us all an opportunity to strut our stuff.

The latest in his series is the new course, Photo Assignment: Backlit Portraits, Derrick show us how to achieve really interesting effects in a typically unintuitive shooting style—backlit. Check out his new courses, and then join me in posting pictures to his latest Flickr group, where we can all learn from each other.

Have fun shooting and see you all on Flickr.

By Megan O. Read | Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Your next photo assignment: Fill Flash Portraits with Derrick Story


Derrick Story has just released another photo-assignment course on lynda.com with a show-and-tell Flickr component. This course, Photo Assignment: Fill Flash Portraits, explains the benefits of using flash photography outdoors in bright light in order to achieve great looking portraits in otherwise tricky bright light.

This technique will help you build off of what you learned in Derrick’s first Photo Assignment course, but is also a terrific stand-alone course to help you brush up on your photography when you are at daytime, outdoor events.

There is also a new Flickr group set up and ready for you. So get outside, grab your camera, and take some fill flash photography with us. Looking forward to seeing your work on the Fill Flash Portrait Photo Assignment Flickr group.

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