Light Lessons

To craft a photograph is to craft the light. While it’s often relegated to a subordinate role to composition, lighting is at least as critical to the photograph and should be thought of as an integral part of the process.

Image 1: Camera Format: Medium-format with digital back Resolution/ISO: 22 MP/ISO 50 Focal Length: 120mm Shutter Speed: 1 125 sec. ƒ-stop: ƒ/8 To craft a photograph is to craft the light. While it’s often relegated to a subordinate role to composition, lighting is at least as critical to the photograph and should be thought of as an integral part... Read more

Pro Tips: Chromozones

There seem to be two paths to becoming a rich and famous photographer: 1) Go to photo school; and 2) Assist for a great photographer. I chose the former route, and apparently I should have chosen the latter because I’m neither rich nor famous. But I’m a working photographer, and I did learn a lot of great things in school—not the least of which was how to create any color with strobes and gels.

Armed with this information, you can create almost any color under the sun, right inside your studio.
There seem to be two paths to becoming a rich and famous photographer: 1) Go to photo school; and 2) Assist for a great photographer. I chose the former route, and apparently I should have chosen the latter because I’m neither rich nor famous. But I’m a working photographer, and I did learn a lot of great things in school—not the least of which... Read more

DPP Solutions: Image Optimization For The Web, Part I

How to evaluate and quickly set up your images for web usage

First impressions can make or break a photographer. Prospective clients and photo buyers alike who surf the web for interesting photographic work can and will pass judgment on you, for good or bad, in a matter of seconds. While many photographers become absorbed by web design, others look past the essential skill of optimizing images for web-based viewing.... Read more

Pro Tips: Monitor Calibration

Without color calibration, you might as well be working in the dark

I’m a photographer with a deep, dark secret: I’m color-blind. For those of you without this particular affliction, allow me to clarify something. It doesn’t mean that I see the world in black-and-white; it just means that I see things a little bit differently. I see colors, and as far as I know, I see all the colors that anybody else does. But... Read more
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