Stephen Wilkes talks about his approach to storytelling through photography and how the print is the culmination of his creative process
Stephen Wilkes’s Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom—documenting an abandoned hospital on the island—offers a compelling look into America’s past, drawing viewers in with powerful, stirring images.
“When people look at my Ellis work, they always say there’s an intimacy in the work, and that is because of the depth of the work, and you don’t...
LED lighting matures, giving a whole new set of possibilities
It’s odd to think that today’s LED lights—bright, low-power and lightweight—are related to the LED lights of the late 1960s and 1970s. Anyone of a certain age who suffered from insomnia or rolled into bed after a night of partying is familiar with the persistent, obnoxious glow of a bedside alarm clock. Who knew that the technology used to...
The photographer’s secret weapon in the era of film is seeing a resurgence today.
[Updated August 25th, 2016]
Medium format cameras once were the chosen tool of every studio photographer. At a certain point in a photographer’s studio career, they would graduate to medium format work, and their 35mm gear would be relegated to on-location shoots, scouting and travel work.
The digital photography era took some of the shine off of...
Battery powered lights have really come into their own. Here’s a rundown of great location lights that work even when you’re far afield.
By William Sawalich
Want to bring studio lighting control into the great outdoors? You can, with a wide array of battery-powered location lighting tools. From small flashes to high-power strobes and LEDs, there’s a wealth of great options for bringing studio-style lighting to the most remote locations.
When you think about going on location with strobes, the...
Get away from paper. Try printing images on wood, acrylic and metal for new ways to present your photography.
In the digital age sometimes we forget how wonderful it is to actually see a great photograph printed out. That feeling of seeing an image you took grace a wall is exciting and validating.
Ordering or making prints of your images is a relatively simple process. It’s an age-old process.
What’s new, though, is the types of materials that are now...
Amy Toensing on connecting with people and cultures through her photography, and the personal value of printmaking
By The Editors
Inspired by traditional darkroom processes to pursue photography as a profession, Amy Toensing talks about her approach to connecting with subjects. “I’m constantly trying to understand our world,” Toensing explains, “and I do that through culture and people. The thing I love most about my work is that it gives me an excuse to be nosy and...
USB-C is about to change the way you connect all of your devices, but are you ready?
By Melissa Perensen
Last month we looked at how changes to storage cards are going to speed up digital camera performance dramatically—if anyone will actually buy the cards. This month, we look at USB-C, the new standard debuted by Apple on its MacBook portable computer.
USB-C is sort of a panacea for connectivity, combining standards such as USB 3, Thunderbolt and monitor...
It’s only natural that a camera platform as new as the Sony’s a7 series would be perceived as being a little bit short on lenses. When the first a7 shipped—only a few years ago—you could count the number of lenses that designed for its full frame sensor on one hand. The rest of Sony’s lenses were designed for their smaller APS-C sensor equipped...
What the new XQD and CFast storage cards offer the photographer, and why they’re so slow to be adopted
By Melissa Perenson
Photographers are in a never-ending search for improvements in performance—a bigger sensor, faster shutter speed, lighter gear, better optics. Thanks to the breakneck pace of computing (and digital cameras are really sophisticated little computers with lenses attached), we’re used to looking for regular performance boosts in our technology arsenal....
Affordable, powerful continuous light for location or studio
By David Schloss
The idea of continuous lighting is incredibly appealing—create your lighting solution without having to predict the effects of various strobes and light modifiers, and adjust your settings and solution on the fly. Thanks to the rapid increases in LED technology, the pricing has plummeted while performance and power have increased.
The result has been...
How a little light can go a long way to make a dramatic, dark and moody portrait
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
In a lot of commercial portraiture these days, there’s an emphasis on high-production values. Whether from exotic locations or from using a lot of lights, it seems the conventional wisdom is generally “more is better.” But, in fact, when trying to create a moody, dramatic or intimate black-and-white portrait, sometimes less actually is more. With...
The tools and tricks you need to capture perfect black-and-white photos
By David Schloss
Monochrome images have a power that color images lack. It’s the abstraction in black-and-white that I think makes it so special—removing color from a scene allows the brain to perceive it differently. While color images stand out thanks to what they have, monochrome images stand out because of what they’re missing.
It’s possible to take any...