Jill Waterman

Jill Waterman

While she never dreamed of being a cowboy, the gift of a cowgirl outfit brought Jill Waterman to tears, until her parents relented and replaced the dainty skirt with some pants. She caught the photography bug while studying art in Paris, and she hasn’t looked back since. After more than a decade as a photo editor (surrounded by mountains of slides of varying heights), she added writing to the mix as an editor of custom publishing projects for Photo District News. A team member of the B&H Explora blog since 2015, Waterman moonlights as a night photography specialist. Her first book, the technical volume Night and Low Light Photography, www.nightphotographybook.com, was published by Amphoto in 2006. Learn more about her ongoing project to document New Year’s Eve celebrations around the globe at www.newyearphotos.com.

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Here’s a hot tip: In addition to photo, video, and audio gear, as well as other tech products, B&H carries thousands of books and tutorials covering the fields of photography, video, audio and computers, plus inspirational titles to get your creative juices flowing. For all you bibliophiles out there, we’ve compiled this shortlist of must-have publications spanning photography basics, photo...
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There is perhaps no truer sign of summer than Independence Day in the United States. The Fourth of July is when the summer season kicks into full gear, with barbeques, pool parties, family gatherings, and road trips galore—not to mention the fireworks!One lead-up to this holiday that I will never forget found me hurtling down the New Jersey Turnpike at sunset in a Greyhound bus. As the twilight...
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As a follow-up to Part 1 of our fireworks story, it’s worth noting that photographing a fireworks show is no easy feat. Readers seeking a how-to guide to this subject need look no further than this Explora article, by Todd Vorenkamp. Yet, as that article notes, and the...
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Stefen Chow's attraction to adventure started early, before he could even remember it. At the tender age of two, he moved from his native Malaysia to live in Singapore with his mother and two older sisters, while his father stayed behind for work. "I have no recollection of growing up in Malaysia," he says. While child development experts might warn of separation anxiety, Chow believes that young...
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Shortly before turning 16 years old, Barbara Davidson recorded her desire to be a photographer in her high school yearbook. “I had never taken a photo at that point in my life, but that was a decision I had made,” she says. At 18, an image from the first roll of film she ever shot was published in the McGill Daily, an independent student newspaper from Montreal’s McGill University. Davidson says...
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When Abelardo Morell decided to turn a floral bouquet into one of his celebrated photographs as a birthday gift for his wife, little did he know that this touching gesture would evolve into a major series of his work and become the subject of his forthcoming coffee-table book. While his initial motivation to create a colorful floral still life was because it “felt more enduring than actual...
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Brooke Shaden is a storyteller at heart. While her creative pursuits began with writing, she notes, “I’m extremely inspired by storytelling in any form that might take.” She remembers beginning to write as early as when she first started to read. By the time she was 11 or 12, she was taking these creative efforts seriously. “I would try to figure out the most artistic thing to do, so I would go...
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Rachel Jo Silver did not anticipate the secret flash mob dance her guests pulled off at her June 2013 wedding—nor did she have a videographer on hand to capture the unscripted scene. When planning her wedding, she had pictured wedding videography as an overwhelming nuisance involving a giant camera and bright lights, so she decided to spend the necessary funds elsewhere. Yet, soon after returning...
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Growing up in the small town of Brainerd, Minnesota, Elsa Garrison didn’t have an inkling that her ninth-grade photography class would become her ticket to the high-octane world of professional sports photography. “The class was an art elective, and I thought it could be kind of interesting,” she says. “After that semester, I ended up working on the yearbook, pretty much through the rest of high...
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Fashion images [reflect] the moral, social, technological, and economic imperatives of the era in which they were created …” writes Thomas Werner in his book The Fashion Image: Planning and Producing Fashion Images and Films. This 256-page resource delves into the many factors influencing image creation...
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Wedding shooters tend to be as discerning about their gear as a bride is about her gown and wedding details. Capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments requires an image maker to have a seamless connection to the functionality of his or her camera, lenses, and lighting. Introduce the steady pace of new and improved products hitting the market, and the possibilities can make one's head spin. Above...
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Destination wedding photography may seem like an enviable way to make a living, yet this specialty area often brings with it myriad questions, as well as unexpected challenges for photographers who have yet to work outside of a local market. For our second story on this genre, we look beyond the romantic notion of capturing storybook pictures of your client’s event of a lifetime. Through...
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Every two years since the summer of 2008, San Francisco Bay area-photographer Jeff Cable has set off on an intrepid adventure to photograph the world’s top athletes representing their respective countries in competition during the famous cold- and hot-weather international sporting events in the global cities of Beijing, Vancouver, London, Sochi, Rio de Janeiro, and currently, Pyeongchang, South...
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In an era that has witnessed rampant outsourcing of products and services, and innumerable items manufactured in foreign lands, it’s heartening to know that the B&H website offers more than 8,000 product SKUs from close to 250 companies promoting a Made in America status. Featured below are 18 such companies, and their associated products that caught our attention. Imaging Products * The...
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Immersive content is the next wave in visual storytelling. Interest in 360° Video has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years, particularly given technological advances that have made the process more available to consumers than ever. Yet, this rapid growth and the proliferation of new tools can make it difficult to keep up with the best approach to creating quality content, especially...
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