Essential Lighting

We talk to a range of top professionals about how they create some of their signature looks

Whether you’re creating a beauty shot, crafting an environmental portrait or setting up a still life, one single photography truth will always remain: Light matters. What separates professional photographers from the crowd is the ability to shape light into a previsualized design appropriate for the subject and client. But when faced with every... Read more

Over The Edge

As he plunges headfirst into the unknown, Lucas Gilman describes how to be a multimedia pro

Lucas Gilman is a photographer and filmmaker who creates breathtaking adventure-sports imagery for clients like Sports Illustrated, Red Bull, Patagonia, Gore-Tex® and Nikon. He shoots everything from surfing to snow skiing, ice climbing to extreme kayaking, and he does it simply: by choosing high-quality tools, planning carefully, and putting the safety... Read more

Autofocus Evolution

Radical advancements in AF technology are blowing away old assumptions about phase- and contrast-detection systems

Since the advent of digital photography, there have been aspects of a camera’s operation that are shrouded in mystery and confusion. That’s because many of the technologies involved in digital photography are rooted more deeply in optical physics and computational algorithms than in shutter speeds and lens openings. Most recently, a seismic... Read more

The Hero Image

The evolution of a shoot with Corey Rich

Illustrating the dramatic impact that even a subtle change can bring to a photograph, commercial lifestyle photographer Corey Rich spent a day working out with cross-trainer Del Lafountain to capture a series of high-impact shots of the towering athlete as he muscled through several hundred kettlebell repetitions. Ultimately, despite an extended sequence... Read more

Mothership & Scout

How to work with photos on location and seamlessly integrate them back into your studio’s system working with Apple Aperture

As the plane clears 10,000 feet, I open up my MacBook Air and launch Aperture 3. We bank to the north and I look out the window at the lights over Las Vegas. Just a few hours earlier, I was finishing off the last day of a multiday bicycling event where I captured more than 5,000 images at a series of bicycle races and a bike ride called the Mobile Social. ... Read more

Tone Curves

This often misunderstood control is as much about brightness as contrast

I recently read one popular author’s introduction to his chapter on the Lightroom Tone Curve, and he started out by saying that with the improvements in the 2012 Process Version, the Tone Curve was basically outdated. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s true the Lightroom 4/ACR 7 update represented a complete overhaul of the Basic... Read more

It's Hip To Be Square

Changing the shape of your frame can give you a completely different perspective on the world

Back in the day, serious film shooters had to decide between the 3:2 rectangular 35mm format and the much larger 2¼-inch square. Legions of photography and art students learned the basics of composition on a square-shootin’, 2¼-inch Yashica D twin-lens reflex camera. Yes, long before Beta vs. VHS, there was a very different, but very real format... Read more

Time-Lapse Primer

Preston Kanak takes us through the skills, steps and gear to making your first time-lapse

There has been an explosion in interest in time-lapse, and for professionals, being able to add time-lapse skills to your repertoire gives you one more thing a client may want. It also gives you some cool motion to have in your portfolio. Creating time-lapse can be incredibly rewarding, too. Half the pleasure of going out to shoot is the journey that’s... Read more

Old School For The New School

An analog wet-plate processing primer for digital photographers

In the age of Instagram, it’s not too surprising to find a growing movement of photographers looking for a more meditative approach to image-making. Photography is now nearing 200 years of technological advancement, and as digital continues to proliferate and film becomes more scarce, there has been a resurgence of interest in the classic analog... Read more

DPP Solutions: Blog It!

Try this simple method for exporting photos directly from Lightroom to a WordPress blog

I’m a photographer, and I blog. This means that I often use a lot of my own images on my blog posts. I use Lightroom 4 as my primary image-management application. Although I really like WordPress as a blogging engine, I find the process of uploading and adding images to a post to be a bit archaic. You can style your blog just about any way you... Read more

Cover Shot: Learning To Relax

Markus Klinko and Indrani continue to broaden their horizons while returning to what matters the most: the image

Markus Klinko and Indrani have created absolutely iconic portraiture of everyone from Beyoncé to Lindsay Lohan to Lady Gaga. This last November saw the release of their very first published book of photography, Icons: The Celebrity Exposures of Markus and Indrani, and since then the two have been engrossed with several commercial campaigns while also... Read more

iPhone Photojournalism

Michael Christopher Brown uses an unlikely device to create iconic news photos that wouldn’t be possible with a DSLR

When journalists use mobile phone cameras, it’s usually for one of two reasons: They’re either writers with no other options or photographers exploring a gimmick. That’s what makes Michael Christopher Brown’s use of iPhones for serious photojournalism so interesting. He’s a classically trained photographer with plenty of... Read more
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