Looking back at a famous photo story by W. Eugene Smith from the 1940s can be a powerful way to learn how to sequence your own images
By Amy Touchette
The way photographs register in the minds of viewers is unique to each viewer, but by controlling the order of the images, a compelling series can still guide viewers down a specific path. A celebrated photo essay that is very effective at doing this is “The Country Doctor”, a sequence captured by acclaimed photographer W. Eugene Smith, who shot...
Our July/August 2019 issue of Digital Photo Pro is full of incredible images shot by photographer and film director Jimmy Chin
The July/August 2019 issue of Digital Photo Pro focused on two essential genres of professional photography: photojournalism and travel photography. And we certainly covered a lot of ground in this issue—trekking along with Lynsey Addario, Steve McCurry, Brian Matiash and Andrea Bruce to the Middle East, Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, and to other...
Arranging your images in the correct sequence can make a world of difference in how you experience your photography
By Amy Touchette
One of my (many) favorite things about photography is the depth and complexity it can achieve in a series format. Photographs portraying myriad people, places and things can be put next to one another, and suddenly a story emerges that wasn’t apparent until you arranged them in a specific order.
There is point and counterpoint, narration and narrative,...
What a veteran photojournalist did as he came within feet with an armed and active shooter
By Terry Sullivan
A screen grab from the Dallas Morning News website’s coverage of photos captured by the newspaper’s staff photographer, Tom Fox.
It’s impossible to really know how you will respond when faced with a dangerous situation, like an armed and active shooter, particularly if you’re a photographer. Do you run for cover or stay and shoot?
Learn to apply the geotagged data to each photo that you took with your phone's camera
Recently, I shared a walkthrough of how I use my iPhone to geotag the location of every photo I take in the field. There are many reasons why geotagging can be useful; however, I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring up the implications of sharing those locations on social media. In recent years, some of our most beautiful natural landscapes have been significantly...
“Immediately captivated by the warm, luminous light of southern France,” says Amy Touchette, “I made this picture within minutes of arriving.”
Without a doubt, the festival that’s always had the best reputation in the photo industry is Rencontres d’Arles. I attended in 2017 and it unequivocally lived up to its reputation....
Use these six tips to discover your most compelling photos
By Amy Touchette
One of the distinguishing aspects of photography is that we have to wade through a lot of bad photographs in order to unearth the few good ones. What other medium requires such nonsense? It’s a mind trip. It’s why so many photographers struggle with editing their own work. By the time you stumble upon a compelling photograph, it’s hard to recognize.
Remember exactly where you took a photo with your smartphone by applying geographic coordinates
Geotagging, or the act of applying detailed geographic coordinates to my photos, is exceptionally important to me. I do a lot of traveling and am often photographing in remote areas. So, being able to remember exactly where I took a particular photo using my smartphone has saved my bacon a number of times.
Additionally, it just makes things so much...
How to overcome insecurities when shooting out in the streets
By Amy Touchette
When you photograph on the street, nothing affects your output as much as your own mindset. Understanding this is essential to becoming a confident street photographer. If you feel insecure about what you’re doing, if you have doubts about the morality of photographing strangers or feel timid about approaching strangers, it’s going to be challenging—at...
Creative marketing and social media tips for getting your photography seen
Step 1: Profile Your Audience
The first step is to focus on your desired audience. Determine first whether you want to network with other pros, connect with like-minded amateurs, sell to consumers or promote your work for future assignments. This will help guide which sites and tools you want to add to your bag.
Step 2: Have a Clean, User-Friendly Website
Ever seen cool colored lens flares over video and wondered how it was done? I created my own for a recent video and wanted to share the process with you!
Adding color lens flares to your videos, especially b-roll, can be an interesting way to add some depth and texture to a shot. You can probably download some canned ones, but why not make your own? It’s remarkably easy with a colored light (RGB LED or even a gel on any light bulb), a black background and some basic editing skills.
In this video,...
Individual creativity is achieved through a variety of steps, including being prolific in creating new work
A long time ago, I read this fantastic article on The Next Web (TNW) that talked about focusing less on being original and more on being prolific. It clearly serves as the inspiration for this post. Look, I completely get it. One of the most innate desires of any creative is to leave their mark on the world. We create because we have the drive to share...
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