What does it really take to create a great portrait? Do you need multiple lights, a dozen reflectors, several backgrounds, six soft boxes, three umbrellas, a makeup artist, a costume designer, and a wind machine? No. Well… maybe if you’re shooting Angelina Jolie for Elle Magazine. But the truth is- YOU- can create compelling portraiture […]
Light is malleable. Have you ever thought about that- that you could work light like a ball of clay? It’s true. Light has 5 distinct characteristics that should be of interest to any photographer, and one undeniable truth that every photographer should know and understand. However, many don’t. Hopefully, by the time you’re done reading […]
Here’s a test for you- What do you believe would be the most difficult photographic situation, (in general), to get a proper meter reading from your camera’s light meter? A glass of water, a puppy portrait, flowers in a garden, a bridal portrait, a plate of spaghetti, a lion sleeping in the Serengeti, a teenager […]
I want some attention! I want people to notice my photography. I want my skills to be recognized. It’s true isn’t it? We all crave attention. You want your photographs to get noticed. I get it. So do I. Photography is a challenging medium. No one will ever really master it completely. Like all art; […]
As the Holiday Season approaches gift giving is on our minds. The good news is that if you have a photographer on your list the options are almost endless. We thought it would be fun to put together a sample of our favorite gift ideas that any photographer would love to discover under the tree. […]
When I was asked if I would like to review the Portrait Pro 12 software package for Lightstalking.com, I got pretty excited. I became excited because – just like you; I like playing with new stuff! On top of that, I take my job seriously. When I’m asked to write a review, I attempt to […]
The holiday season is rapidly approaching. Maybe you didn’t realize this- but if there is a photographer on your shopping list- you have no shortage of gift options! This list of gifts for photographers contains something for everyone.This year, we approached our gift giving guide by breaking it down into four categories: 1. Inexpensive stocking stuffers, 2. Mid-range Photo Geek Excitement, 3. Photographer hugs that might break your spine, and 4. For the photographer who has just about everything. Also, we wanted to keep things simple. We wanted everyone to be able to find the products listed. So, all our product suggestions came right from Amazon- including the pricing.
Who among us hasn’t stood somewhere, and watched a boat go by, while thinking to ourselves, Wow! That would make a great picture. Think of the many opportunities available to you as a photographer, no matter what your location is. It could be a tugboat pushing barges down a mighty river, a cruise ship leaving port, a single fisherman in a rowboat on a lake, or perhaps a kayak shooting the rapids in a canyon stream. The possibilities are almost endless.
All of us get a little more excited about taking photographs when the Holidays approach. Who doesn’t want to create beautiful images of their celebration: a golden turkey, a stack of colorful presents, family members we haven’t seen in years, or a dramatic kiss on New Year’s Eve. These moments provide a plethora of subject matter.
Color is an important element of composition. It has long been known that all colors have distinctive influence on us. The color red has a wide gamut of emotional contexts and can subsequently have a strong impact on your photographs. From enhancing color contrast to creating a focal point, it can transform your images from ordinary into extraordinary.