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and he started out by saying that with the improvements in the 2012 Process Version, the Tone Curve was basically outdated.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

Manage The Blur

How to use shutter angles for creative control in your motion-capture work

The advent of digital cinematography has opened up new creative possibilities for how motion is captured. This article explores the influence of shutter angle, along with how it can be used as a creative tool for accomplishing one’s artistic goals. What Is Shutter Angle? The "shutter angle" is a useful way of describing the shutter... Read more

Proper Exposure Matters!

Translating the film-based Zone System to a digital way of shooting and seeing

Back in the fall of 1972, my very first photo school assignment for Commercial Photography 101 was entitled "An Industrial Interior." I had read Ansel Adams’ Basic Photo series the year before, and I was enthralled with his Zone System for exposure and development. So by the time I got to school, I had enough of the basics to know how... Read more

Viva Lucha Libre!

How Douglas Sonders used an iPad to build trust and photograph the colorful cast of characters of the Mexican wrestling community

As more and more images proliferate our culture, so do more and more image-making devices. Where photography has long been hailed as the everyman art form, the sheer multitude of cameras present in an area at any given moment is unprecedented. With the advent of cameras integrated into mobile devices, suddenly we’ve reached an era of relentless... Read more

Lighting For B&W

High-key black-and-white portraiture has been popular since Hollywood’s golden era

High-key black-and-white portraiture has been popular since Hollywood’s golden era. While those early greats created high-key glamour with hot lights and film, we can achieve the same effect today with almost any lighting approach—from daylight to strobe light, outdoors and in. A high-key image contains tones that are primarily light gray... Read more

Going Viral

August Bradley’s personal project “99 Faces of Occupy Wall St.” was simple to execute and brought immediate media attention as it caught fire online

This Article Features Photo Zoom August Bradley is known for photography that’s incredibly detailed and highly stylized, with deep literary references and complex, psychological motifs. He refers to his intensely cerebral approach to portrait and commercial photography as "conceptual," but for a more recent project, Bradley... Read more
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