Tips & Solutions / Photography
America’s national parks, along with being natural treasures, are a gift to photographers of all levels. Chris Nicholson discusses how to go about researching a shoot in the parks, the best photo gear to bring along, the ancillary equipment and logistics for maximizing the experience, how and why to geo-tag images, info on the most accessible parks for photographers based in the Northeast, and... READ MORE
Michael Christopher Brown is a Magnum photographer who has shot multiple stories for National Geographic, and was a subject in an HBO documentary about photojournalism. Currently, he’s on an assignment in Africa, but was kind enough to answer a few questions about the benefits and drawbacks of using a smartphone to capture images in the field.
What do you find appealing about shooting with a... READ MORE
William H. Mumler was the first well-known spirit photographer, and deservedly so, for capturing Mary Todd Lincoln with her deceased husband, President Abraham Lincoln.
Following the Civil War, many people wanted to make connections with their recently deceased relatives and friends. Photography was new, and considered a method of reaching out.
Today, this image of Abraham Lincoln’s ghost is... READ MORE
Steve Winter has spent decades traveling to remote places to photograph endangered wildlife, especially big cats for National Geographic magazine. He works closely with scientists to cover stories about wildlife and the impact that humans are having on the environment. His goal as a conservation photojournalist is to help protect species and the ecosystems they inhabit. He now divides his time... READ MORE
Hidden away in the menus of advanced DSLR cameras is something called “Autofocus Microadjustment,” which allows you to make changes quickly and painlessly to your camera’s autofocus system, resulting in more accurate focusing and sharper images. If one, or all, of your lenses consistently focuses just a little too far (back-focusing), or too close (front-focusing), you can make adjustments to be... READ MORE
Growing up in the 1980s and receiving my formal photographic education in the 1990s and early 2000s, my technical background was formed in a world of technological flux as mass-market photography was shifting from film to a digital platform. I began my education in a well-outfitted traditional black-and-white darkroom, and honed my film-based craft throughout college, working exclusively with... READ MORE
If you could build your own digital camera at 8 years old, you would be a very impressive little big shot. This is the goal of the Bigshot Digital Camera Kit, which was developed by Columbia University Computer Science Professor Shree Nayar and his team of students and engineers. “It’s about getting kids’ hands dirty,” says Professor... READ MORE
The Photographers Showcase series highlights the work of B&H Event Space alumni who are currently engaged in creating poignant bodies of work and are influenced by the free programs that the B&H Event Space produces. Each photographer will showcase their current projects and offer insight into what is behind their thought process and the gear they use to make their photographs, in 40-... READ MORE
On February 26th, Nikon issued a Technical Service Advisory for the D600 DSLR. Some users have reported dust particles on the camera sensor beyond the normal infiltration expected with interchangeable-lens cameras. Not all users have experienced this problem. Yet, for those who feel they have experienced this dust issue, Nikon is offering free D600 camera service.
Appearing as small dark spots... READ MORE
Many photographers consider the UV filter a necessary accessory for a new lens, and while it does have some useful qualities, there are a few situations in which you’d be better off without one.
1) When you’re using other filters
Beginners to filtration and photography tend to think that because the UV is a clear filter, you can stack a second or even third filter on top of it without affecting... READ MORE
Just because we live in an age of high-tech photographic lighting technology doesn’t mean it’s always practical to drag around a cartload of power packs, flash heads, stands, scrims, softboxes, gobos, and cables. It also doesn’t mean having all that gear is going to make your portraiture look better. Even if it turns out that you can take it with you, the working photojournalist may not enjoy the... READ MORE
You’d think that in this digital day and age, something as decidedly analog as amateur astronomy would be going the way of CDs and Blockbuster Video. But something odd has been happening since around the turn of the Millennium: astronomy is popular. I’m not talking hipster-ironic popular, I’m talking real-life, “if it were a dude it would be the starting quarterback” popular. Alright... maybe... READ MORE
One of my favorite cameras to shoot is my Polaroid 210 Land Camera, because every time I bring it out, I’m met with the same response: “They still make film for that?” I love surprising people, and even more, I love getting them into shooting instant film. It not only gives you a gratifying, and somewhat nostalgic feeling, it’s also a guaranteed conversation starter.
Polaroid 210... READ MORE
Making sharp images is often the goal when using digital cameras, but it’s also one of the least understood techniques when it comes to editing. After getting by with the clarity slider and then learning the proper Unsharp Mask technique, I was shown an entirely different method with which to give a slight “pop” to my images: using the High Pass Filter.
The reason this works better than the other... READ MORE
Using an infrared filter is an easy way to create distinctive visual effects and surreal images that lend an other-worldly quality to familiar portraits and landscapes. Creating an image from the unseen light in a visual scene is as simple as threading a filter onto your lens. Ordinary textures and subjects appear extraordinary when revealed by the infrared spectrum. IR photography has seen a... READ MORE