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Graham Watson: Cycling Photographer

Graham Watson has honed his skill of photographing cycling for over 30 years. His typical season runs from January through October, photographing races all over the world. Graham's photos are so grabbing, that Lance Armstrong recruited him to produce the imagery for one of his books. He is also very active on Twitter.

We were able to catch up with the cycling photographer between races, to pick his brain about the industry, and about becoming a successful photographer.

B&H Pulse Weekly News Round-Up: February 24th, 2012

This week in the news: PocketWizard announced their new Plus III Transceivers; SanDisk gets into the world of itty bitty memory chips; a flash that promises not to become your next deep fryer; word of a Flickr redesign; and Pentax's Q-Series cameras get some ultra-fast glass.

This is your B&H Pulse news feed for February 24, 2012.

Shooting Sports with David Black

David Black is a photographer who has been shooting sports for many years. He's also seen a lot of changes: autofocus, priority modes, and digital photography only being a couple of them. We recently got the opportunity to talk to him about how he started off by shooting only one sport to gaining the abilities to shoot various others.

If you're a sports fan, you'll want to take a look.

B&H Pulse Weekly News Round-Up: February 17th 2012

This week in the news: Apple tests a new 8-inch iPad; lots of new accessories came out for gamers; and Lensbaby announced a brand new creative optic designed for portrait photographers. Plus, the internet got a sneak peek at Adobe Photoshop CS6's latest tweaks to the very-popular Content-Aware Fill feature.

This is your B&H Pulse news fix for February 17, 2012.

Emiliano Granado: Making It as a Young Photographer

Emiliano Granado is a young photographer who has made the PDN 30, shot various advertising campaigns, and has a wide variety of experience. As a young man who has quickly gained respect in the photo community, he states that he doesn't want to be a photographer—he needs to be a photographer.

We recently caught up with him to talk about how he made it, and the changes that happened in such a short period of time.

Night Photography – Shooting in the Dark

One of the most valuable lessons that I apply to photography on a daily basis was actually taught to me by a theater professor in college, well before I had a passion for taking pictures. “The most interesting characters are the ones that struggle between good and bad. Show me this conflict,” Dr Edwards said, “because it is this conflict that we are drawn to.”

Just What is Sharp?

It had been one of those amazing days for photography, where everything was put in front of us, to shoot to our hearts' content. We’d spent a great afternoon with Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep outside Big Sky, MT, and we were walking back down the road. Then, out of the corner of my eye I saw a dash of white. It could be only one thing, a Short-tailed Weasel. We stopped and watched, and a few moments later, the cutest critter in winter popped its head back up and stared at us. For nearly the next hour it entertained us, running to and fro, running between our legs and way down the hill, and then back again. It knew all the secret tunnels, and would go down one hole and back up another. In the dusk of day, on the backside of a mountain, swinging the 600mm around to keep up with it was a real challenge. And, oh, so much fun!

Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post from Moose Peterson.

The Japanese Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon

People go scuba diving for many reasons. Some divers are interested in the natural beauty of coral reefs, and the animals that call this environment home. Wreck divers are interested in man-made objects that have ended up underwater by disaster. Ships and airplanes sink because of bad maintenance, fire, weather, collisions and war. Once sunk, the wreck becomes a time capsule. When diving to explore wrecks, the experience is enhanced if you know its history. When swimming through one of these underwater museums, one can't help but imagine what happened during the sinking. If your objective is to create images, knowing the wrecks history will help.

Landscapes and Social Media with Jim Goldstein

Jim Goldstein is a full-time professional photographer based in San Francisco, CA. He captures landscapes and nature, and is an established travel photographer.

The Pros and Cons of Watermarks

Tastes vary, but I've never seen an image with a watermark that wouldn't have been better without it.

The disadvantage of using a watermark is obvious. It introduces a distracting visual element that doesn't belong in an image. The effect of a watermark on an image ranges from mildly distracting at best, to ruinous at worst. When I see a photograph with a watermark, the watermark is almost invariably the first thing I look at. If it's large and obtrusive, it's also usually the last.

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