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Notes from Jay Maisel: Don't Worry, Have Confidence, and Stick to Your Guns
By Jay Maisel
Apr 9, 2015
In this excerpt from It's Not About the F-Stop, photographer Jay Maisel shares some of his photography stories, from improvising deep inside a mine, to working with supermodel Elle Macpherson, to shooting his way across Africa.
Studio Anywhere: Isolation Drills for Photographers
By Nick Fancher
Apr 3, 2015
Nick Fancher, author of Studio Anywhere: A Photographer's Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations, walks you through some actual scenarios where isolating the subject led to better photographs.
Optimal Focusing in Macro Photography
By Rob Sheppard
Mar 30, 2015
In this chapter from Macro Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Rob Sheppard discusses the second challenge, focusing so that the shot makes sense to the viewer; and the third challenge—also related to focus—controlling depth of field when you’re going close.
Hacking the Digital Print: SuperSauce White Image Transfer to Graphite Gelatin-Coated Paper
By Bonny Pierce Lhotka
Mar 24, 2015
This step-by-step technique from Bonny Pierce Lhotka, author of Hacking the Digital Print: Alternative Image Capture and Printmaking Processes, provides a recipe for making photographic image transfers via a concoction of graphite, gelatin, SuperSauce, and other common ingredients. The result is deliciously photogenic.
Landscape Photography with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A Word About Composition
By Jeff Revell
Mar 23, 2015
In this excerpt from Canon EOS 7D Mark II: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Jeff Revell offers some tips on composition for your landscape photography.
The Sweet Spot of Photographing Abandoned Places
By Todd Sipes
Mar 12, 2015
Todd Sipes, author of Urban Exploration Photography, walks through the specific characteristics of abandoned buildings that he thinks create the "sweet spot" for photography. These qualities will help any budding Urbex photographer identify the places that will almost always look great on camera.
A Photographer at Work: The Mistakes Made, the Lessons Learned
By Martin Evening
Mar 9, 2015
As a professional photographer, you are going to be judged on so much more than just your capacity to create great images. It is often the lack of these "soft skills" that is leaving so many young photographers unprepared for the realities of the workplace. Martin Evening, author of Photographers at Work: Essential Business and Production Skills for Photographers in Editorial, Design, and Advertising, talks about some of the mistakes he made as a photographer, and what you can do to avoid them.
Preparing for the Shoot When Hacking a Digital Print
By Bonny Pierce Lhotka
Feb 19, 2015
In this chapter from Hacking the Digital Print: Alternative image capture and printmaking processes with a special section on 3D printing, Bonny Lhotka shows you how to make filters and screens by hand to alter a scene, including making a bracket to hold filters, using two tripods, combining images, and creating custom tools.
Urban Exploration Photography: When to Shoot
By Todd Sipes
Jan 27, 2015
Light is the key to every photograph. Photography itself is technically just the art of capturing light. Within the genre of UrbEx photography, when you choose to capture light will directly correlate with the quality of your final photo. Whether you’re shooting at blue hour, at golden hour, in broad daylight, or under a full moon, the quality of light can make or break a great composition, as Todd Sipes explains in this chapter from Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide to Creating and Editing Images of Abandoned Places.
Martin Evening on Essential Business Skills for Professional Photographers
By Martin Evening
Jan 21, 2015
In this chapter from Photographers at Work: Essential Business and Production Skills for Photographers in Editorial, Design, and Advertising, Martin Evening discusses some business basics for professional photographers, including developing good production skills, setting a day rate, estimating the true cost of running a business, estimating and quoting on a job, setting terms and conditions, paying attention to details, invoicing and expenses, dealing with clients, dealing with identity theft, working with lawyers, working with image library subscriptions, and understanding copyright.
Video Production 101: Design and Execution
By Antonio Manriquez, Thomas McCluskey
Jan 8, 2015
In this chapter from Video Production 101: Delivering the Message, learn the importance of several areas where exacting standards and attention to detail are needed to complete a polished, interesting piece of work. Casting your project, designing it, costuming it, and lighting it are all key steps to creating a work worth seeing, thinking about, and talking about.
Nikon D750: The Professional Modes
By Rob Sylvan
Dec 29, 2014
If you really want to take that next step in controlling your photography, it is essential that you understand not only how to control aperture and shutter speed, but why you are controlling them. Rob Sylvan explores the modes of the Nikon D750, including Program Mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, and Manual Mode, in this excerpt from Nikon D750: From Snapshots to Great Shots.
Five Common Copyright Mistakes That Photographers Make
By Christopher S. Reed
Dec 22, 2014
Take some free advice from a photographer who's also a lawyer. Chris Reed, author of Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images, shares knowledge gained from other professional photographers as well as time spent working with the U.S. Copyright Office. If you're not avoiding these five common copyright errors, your work and your business could be at risk.
Top Eight Considerations for Choosing Nikon Lenses
By Jerod Foster
Dec 15, 2014
In this chapter from Nikon Lenses: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Jerod Foster offers eight issues not only for researching and purchasing a new lens for your camera body, but also for learning about and using lenses in a way that resembles how a skilled artisan uses her tools.
Top Seven Considerations for Choosing Canon Lenses
By Jerod Foster
Nov 26, 2014
In this chapter from Canon Lenses: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Jerod Foster offers seven issues not only for researching and purchasing a new lens for your camera body, but also for learning about and using lenses in a way that resembles how a skilled artisan uses her tools.
Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Registration Using Paper Forms
By Christopher S. Reed
Nov 17, 2014
Although electronic registration is the preferred (and faster) method to register your images, the Copyright Office still accepts paper forms for people who prefer to file that way and for people who are registering a group of published images (a paper form is the only way to register a group of published images, at least for now). This chapter from Copyright Workflow for Photographers: Protecting, Managing, and Sharing Digital Images walks you through the application process using paper forms.
Master Composition in Your Travel and Street Photography
By John Batdorff
Nov 13, 2014
John Batdorff shows you how to make a stronger and more compelling composition, covering the rule of thirds, lines, curves, patterns, layers, color, and other compositional tools to create more captivating images, in this chapter from Travel and Street Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots.
Introduction to Jay Maisel's Light, Gesture, and Color
By Jay Maisel
Nov 5, 2014
"Finding light, gesture, and color is a little bit like trying to hold water in the palm of your hand. If you squeeze, it’s gone. If you’re patient, it will stay." In this excerpt from Light, Gesture, and Color, Jay Maisel shares his thoughts on these three aspects of photography.
Jay Maisel on Color
By Jay Maisel
Nov 5, 2014
Photographer Jay Maisel shares the stories behind some of his photographs, in this excerpt from Light, Gesture, and Color.
The Do’s and Don’ts When Photographing Pets
By Alan Hess
Oct 20, 2014
Whether you're photographing cats, lizards, horses, or birds, Alan Hess offers some great tips for getting the best photos from your shoot, in this excerpt from Pet Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots.

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