Stuck in an airport, but a window gives us a great opportunity to discuss how light. How do you fix back lighting? Here are some ideas.Read More
This episode is inspired by my blog post, Create great fall pictures using the 4Ws.
If you’re looking to capture the colors of the season, here is a cheat sheet of advice.Read More
My 7th grade science teacher told me that thanks to the magic of photosynthesis, leaves don’t actually change colors in the fall. I took him at his word, but when I see the colors on display during the Autumn months, it’s hard to believe.
If you’re looking to capture this scientific wonder with your camera, here is a cheat sheet of advice in the 4W format.Read More
Today's topic came to me as I was photographing the funeral of a family member. Those kinds days are sad enough, but they still provide an opportunity for service if you are a photographer.
Your gift is only helpful if you remember that it's not about you, however.Read More
Today we talk about a red umbrella and a rainy day.
We wrap up our week of composition challenges you can use to make ordinary subjects look interesting. For instance, today your challenge is 'break the pattern.'Read More
This week I share composition challenges you can use to make ordinary subjects look interesting. For instance, today your challenge is 'the art of subtraction.'Read More
When my kids were young, I used to love watching SpongeBob with them
One of my favorite episodes was Opposite Day. One of the characters, Squidward, is so annoyed with SpongeBob that he makes up Opposite Day. He figures if he makes SpongeBob do the opposite of what comes natural, he would have a better neighbor.
Naturally, it backfires for Squidward but opposite day may work for us photographers.Read More
This week I share composition challenges you can use to make ordinary subjects look interesting. For instance, today your challenge is 'breaking the frame.'Read More
We begin our weeklong composition challenge this week. Our goal is to learn techniques that help us make ordinary subjects look interesting.
Your challenge today is to use extreme angles with an ordinary subject.Read More
What will you really see, photograph and learn at the Fall Photography Weekend in the Big Apple? How is it different from the photo tours and Meetups we have been doing in New York City?
Steve Rosenbach and I recently chatted by Skype call to talk about the workshops in detail. If you have been wondering about the details of this weekend workshop, just listen in.Read More
Let’s imagine you arrive at one of your bucket list locations. This is a place you’ve dreamed of photographing your entire life, and now here you are...camera in hand.
How do you decide how to photograph it? Start with two simple questions.Read More
Today I answer Linda's question:
"Everyone is trying to get me to update to a real camera like Canon with interchangeable lenses. I like the fact that this camera has everything in one place, including video. But I want to take pictures of the national parks. They tell me I will need a better wide angle lens for this. What do you think? "Read More
Monika Robinson, Today, we answer your question
Can you do a quick tidbit on shooting in RAW vs. JPG? I've begun shooting in both modes, to see if I can see a difference. What I notice when I shoot in RAW is the camera takes a bit longer to process? and continuous shooting seems delayed.Read More
There's nothing that will take a potentially great shot and ruin it like your background. A busy, cluttered or distracting background is the enemy of your best shot, so today I share four ways to fix it. This is live, so you see all my mistakes -- warts and all.Read More
My first Facebook Live photography show, F2. Join daily at 2 pm est. In this episode, I answer R Bradshaw's question, "In this age of Instagram, do you teach people how to take better pictures with their cell phones."
As a matter of fact, I do, and I will. Here's a mini class. There are two things that will help you take better pictures with your cell phone and even your DSLR. Find out what they are in this F2 episode.Read More
What does it take to create a winning environmental portrait? That's what I had to consider when Joe Newman of DC Focused asked me to judge their Environmental Portrait Contest.Read More
My first street portrait was born out of curiosity more than any photography.
Almost every day on my way to work, I'd pass this distinguished looking man standing on the side of the road, waving a tree branch. For what seemed like years, I wondered who he was and what was his story.
One afternoon, curiosity got the best of me. I pulled over, got out the car and went to start a conversation.Read More
I can't even begin to count how many photo tours I have taught over the years, but I can definitely number my favorites.
In this video, I'll share my three favorites and what I like about each of them. I'm doing this because I'll be teaching each of them in the near future.
In case you haven't noticed, I'm doing fewer photo tours these days. That gives me the opportunity to focus on the ones I enjoy — the ones where I can help you the most.Read More
Sometimes ideas only make sense in my head, but confuse everyone else around me.
I was reminded of that when Jen asked me, out of what looked like pure frustration,
"What is Shutterbug Excursions, What is Shutterbug Life and What are the Photo Tours? What's the difference between all of them?"Read More
If you photograph landscapes, incredible photos are just one click away. In this set of Lightroom presets, you can choose the look, feel, and impact of your photos based on proven recipes.Read More