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Photography
by Todd Vorenkamp
1 day ago
Night photography is full of challenges. One of the biggest for beginners and pros alike is the difficulty of achieving accurate focus in very dark scenes. However, autofocus systems are constantly improving and many of today’s modern DSLR cameras can focus in darkness that would have short-circuited the autofocus systems of cameras made just a few years ago. Yet, the downside of most autofocus...
2 days ago
Much like I wish I were the kind of traveler who only packed one bag, I wish I were the kind of photographer who only used one camera. Instead, I always have two or three bags and two or three cameras. Despite my best intentions, I can’t seem to go on a trip with just one of each. Even if I wear the same outfit or shoot with the same camera for three days straight—both of which have been known to...
4 days ago
Conversations about the rules of composition tend to annoy me. Perhaps it’s just my disposition about rules in general, but try talking to your favorite photographer about composition rules and the technical details of their greatest photo and you may be ignored, or worse. Let’s face it—nobody ever liked a photograph because it adhered to a rule. Perhaps the best you can say about any rule of...
2 weeks ago
Many photographers have niche specialties for which they are known, intentionally or otherwise. My niche (one of them anyway) is… boat photography, a specialty I innocently and unintentionally stumbled into many years ago. Photographs © Allan Weitz...

2 weeks ago
In this B&H Event Space video, photographer Jeff Cable talks about the contents of his camera bag. He discusses his choice of cameras, the lenses he uses, and why he uses them. He also discusses all of the peripheral items he packs along, based on what he’s shooting and to what his destination his assignments take him.

2 weeks ago
In this B&H Event Space video, photographer Nicholas Pappagallo discusses the importance of having patience when it comes to composing consistently strong, dynamic photographs. Other topics covered by Pappagallo include planning ahead, checking weather, packing the right gear, and the importance of observing the scene while waiting for the “right light” to come along.
3 weeks ago
Only in the arts is the term “self-taught” worn like a badge of honor. You can’t swing a dead cat around the Internet without hitting a photographer who broadcasts “self-taught” on the biography page of his or her website. I found a website titled: “Top 25 Self-Taught Photographers.” Really? Professions outside the arts do not promote “self-taught.” Self-taught doctor? No thanks; I’ll go...
4 weeks ago
An obvious key to successful night photography is the correct setup for your camera. There are no hard and fast rules for settings for night photography because many of the settings you choose depend on the scene before you and how you want it to look in the final image. However, this guide will give you a foundation for setting up your camera to capture the wonders of the night. Photographs ©...
1 month ago
A couple of recent incidents involving careless shutterbugs light painting with burning steel wool have gained a lot of notoriety in the press, giving legitimate night photographers a bad reputation. With these unfortunate matters in mind, we interviewed a variety of night-photography specialists to compile the following eight tips on safety and etiquette when photographing in the darkness. Lead...

1 month ago
Jeff Cable is a three-time world athletic games photographer, but he doesn't specialize in shooting just sports. One of his favorite things to do is to shoot images at night! Night images will make you stand out from the crowd and Cable will tell you how to shoot post-sunset shots correctly, when most people can't. Cable had just returned from the London Games, where he shot photos for Team USA,...

1 month ago
In this B&H Event Space video, Tim Grey walks you through a variety of image optimization tasks using the Develop module in Lightroom CC 2015. From mandatory basic adjustments to strategies for working with HDR, Grey demonstrates his workflow with his own photos as a way to teach you about adjustment...
1 month ago
Not all eyes are created equal. For those without “normal” 20/20 vision, this may be a problem when you look through a camera’s viewfinder—either optical or electronic. Your view into the camera might be blurry even when the camera’s lens is in focus. Because of this, your camera’s viewfinder likely has a diopter adjustment (some older cameras do not have diopter adjustments and require the...
1 month ago
You are passionate about photography. You are passionate about travel. Maybe you just want to combine your passion for photography with travel to a destination you have always dreamed of visiting. Whatever the reasons for being there, participating in a photography workshop while travelling is a fantastic way to not only improve your photography skills, but also to experience the people and...

1 month ago
In this B&H Video, Matthew Bourgeois of Lume Cube demonstrates creative lighting techniques using the Lume Cube—a 1500-Lumen LED lighting device that measures a scant 1.5" square. The Lume Cube is designed for use with smartphone cameras, GoPro, and similar action cameras, as well as other imaging devices.  

1 month ago
In this B&H Prospectives video sports photographer Al Bello discusses his approach to sports photography. Some of the topics he talks about include the physical and logistical demands of photographing sports events, the gear he uses, the art of anticipating the precise moment to press the shutter button, his use of color, and the realities of travel sports photography in terms of one’s...

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