Photographing the White Horses of the Camargue
Aug31

Photographing the White Horses of the Camargue

By Tony Bonanno— I’ve photographed horses for many years– quarter horses on western ranches, grand prix jumpers, rodeo horses and wild roaming Spanish Mustangs, but none have intrigued me more than the White Horses of the Camargue in the South of France. I’d never heard of them until about five years ago when I was leading a photo workshop in Cuba and one of the participants, Jody Willard, a photojournalist from California...

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Miyako Koumura: Capturing Japan’s Flowers For Posterity
Aug15

Miyako Koumura: Capturing Japan’s Flowers For Posterity

By Arthur H. Bleich— It’s midnight in a small town west of Tokyo and almost everyone’s asleep except for Miyako Koumura who’s loading her photo equipment into an old, silver-gray Honda Fit (her economical and reliable companion, she calls it), preparing to set out for Chuzenji Lake in Nikko National Park, about a three-hour drive north. By the time she arrives the sky has begun to lighten and, after parking her car,...

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The Encaustic Photo Artistry of Jill Skupin Burkholder
Jun30

The Encaustic Photo Artistry of Jill Skupin Burkholder

By Arthur H. Bleich— On the last day of January, 2014, a small, brown package arrived at the home of Jill Skupin Burkholder, a photo/artist who lives in Palenville, NY, a tiny hamlet nestled at the base of the Catskill mountains. Inside the package rested a highly sophisticated HCO ScoutGuard trail camera, capable of capturing night photographs of wildlife and then transmitting them to a remote iPhone for instant viewing. The images...

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Seeing Differently
Apr29

Seeing Differently

By Michael Freeman— One of the first tenets of professional photography is that you have to try harder, always and all the time. There’s almost too much said about this, so I’ll restrict myself to one only, from American photographer William Albert Allard: “You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.” Well, maybe I’ll allow...

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Favorite Photo Places: An Amazing Wildlife Refuge
Feb03

Favorite Photo Places: An Amazing Wildlife Refuge

By Ron Wolfe and Will Keener– You get to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, south of Socorro, NM, at least a half an hour before sunrise. You position yourself with back to the wind, so the birds will fly over you; your back to the rising sun, even better. In the near dawn, you hear a cacophony of clicks and low calls from the Sandhill Cranes and the higher-pitched squawking of the Snow Geese on the water. Your camera is...

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A Great Read: “Photographers On Photography”
Dec29

A Great Read: “Photographers On Photography”

By Henry Carroll– Let’s consider the visionaries, the groundbreakers, the original thinkers – those influential figures from past and present who pushed photography forward and continue to do so today. How did they – how do they – approach their craft and what matters most? Here we have a selection of quotations, photographs and interviews that offer telling insights into the minds of masters. Serving as brief introductions to the big...

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Take Great Holiday Party Photos!
Nov18

Take Great Holiday Party Photos!

By Maggie Kornahrens– There will be a plethora of cameras and smartphones at every party and soiree in the coming weeks and if you want to capture the spirit of the holidays in fresh and exciting ways, be willing to branch out of the ordinary. Cameras these days are advanced enough so that anybody can shoot great family party photos. Here are a few tips that can take your holiday pictures from ho-hum to ah-ha. Keep it Simple. Holiday...

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What Rembrandt Taught Me About Portrait Lighting
Jul30

What Rembrandt Taught Me About Portrait Lighting

By Joel Grimes– Part of the requirements for receiving a BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona included half a dozen semesters of art history.At the time I felt like this was overkill and was only interested in attending my photo-related classes. In hindsight, one of the greatest influences that shaped my personal vision as a photographer did not come from studying the work of the master photographers, but that of a master...

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Selling Images? Print Them Yourself For Best Results!
Jun03

Selling Images? Print Them Yourself For Best Results!

  By Kaitlin Walsh–     A couple of years ago I decided that outsourcing my printing didn’t give me the artistic control I needed to make sure  my customers were getting the best possible prints and service that I could give them. My hunger for more autonomy prompted me to set up a home printing operation and that, of course, involved making some hard choices. After weeks of research and budgeting, I took the plunge and invested in an...

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Back To Basics: Orientation Can Make Or Break Your Image
Apr29

Back To Basics: Orientation Can Make Or Break Your Image

 By Suzanne Williams– The composition of a photograph is exactly what the word “composition” itself implies.  It is the way the objects in an image are “composed”, or we could say, “arranged”.  Composition is, for the most part, subjective to the photographer’s eye.  The fact is that there are many ways to arrange the same scene. Think of a well-known photograph.  Ansel Adam’s...

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Expressive Nature Photography
Apr15

Expressive Nature Photography

by Brenda Tharp– Photography is pure joy. The ability to see something special and capture it in the camera is nothing short of amazing for me, even after all the years I’ve been a photographer. From the tiniest detail of a flower to the grand expanse of the Milky Way stretching overhead at night, our world is an outstanding place, providing countless opportunities to experience beauty. To be out photographing in nature is truly the...

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Choose The Right Paper For Printing Old Photos
Feb26

Choose The Right Paper For Printing Old Photos

By Christine Pentecost– Digitally restoring old and damaged photos and bringing them back to life has been a very rewarding and challenging hobby for me over the past 15 years. I have restored photos from the late 1800s that were mounted on cardboard, to Polaroids from the 70s, and to photos ravaged by Hurricane Katrina’s flooding. The heartwarming tears of joy I have witnessed upon returning a restored photo to the owner has always...

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New York In The Snow
Feb14

New York In The Snow

by Vivienne Gucwa– I wish I could say that there was one photo that started it all. It would be the one photo that somehow ignited my passion for snow photography in New York City. The one that people could look at to understand why I might walk up to eight miles through snowstorms at night. But there isn’t. That’s because my passion for New York in the snow began at a very early age. I grew up in a financially challenged household in...

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Make Spectacular Reflection-Free Framed Prints
Jan09

Make Spectacular Reflection-Free Framed Prints

By Al Warfield– After you’ve gone to the effort of taking the perfect shot, making the perfect print, and choosing the perfect frame, why spoil your image by framing it under glass where a myriad of reflections will wreck its beauty? It’s easy to eliminate reflections on framed prints made with Red River Matte and Fine Art Matte papers; you’ll also have the added advantage of displaying an image as large as the frame size instead of a...

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Spark Up Your Holiday Photos!
Dec18

Spark Up Your Holiday Photos!

By Suzanne D. Williams– We’ve all done it, taken that endless stream of holiday photographs with the same people doing something, only we can’t exactly tell what. Then there’s the familiar, “Oh look at the tree!” only it’s slightly blurry and the top is missing. Sound familiar? Who doesn’t have similar Christmas and other holiday pictures somewhere? Believe it or not, there is such a thing as...

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My Photographic Evolution
Oct12

My Photographic Evolution

By Suzanne D. Williams– My daughter’s graduation from high school some years ago prompted me to comb through files filled with old photographs. She’ll always be my baby and I had several of those “mom moments,” wishing to re-enter my now rosy past. But I was also forced to revisit some really bad photographs. Why in the world did I save all of these? There is something to be said for viewing the overall grand design of...

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Make Big Images With Small Desktop Printers
Jun18

Make Big Images With Small Desktop Printers

By Christine Pentecost– I have a beautiful, scenic image in my collection that begged to be displayed larger than could be output by my desktop printer– which only can use letter-sized paper. Surely, I thought, there must be some way to solve this problem and, as it turns out, there is. Image Splitter is a very simple-to-use (and free) software program that takes an image and quickly divides it into sections which can then be sized to...

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Exhibit Your Photos for Prestige and Profit
Jun02

Exhibit Your Photos for Prestige and Profit

       By Peter E. Randall– For most photographers, the chance to have a one-person exhibit is an exciting opportunity. Then reality sets in and it’s apparent that having an exhibit is more stressful and difficult than making the photographs in the first place. The most ideal opportunity is to be invited to show by a major gallery or a museum, but for most of us that’s not an option. We don’t have the reputation or the following...

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Shooting The Stars, Part 3: Post Production
Mar19

Shooting The Stars, Part 3: Post Production

By Ron Risman– Finishing Your Image As good as your image may look straight out of the camera, it’s really not finished yet. Since I shoot using RAW, the image is captured with a very flat profile. It lacks contrast and sharpness and can easily be brought up to wow status using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), Adobe Lightroom, or other image processing packages. Once you import your images into Lightroom or ACR select one of your images and...

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Shooting The Stars, Part 2: Techniques
Mar01

Shooting The Stars, Part 2: Techniques

By Ron Risman– Let’s Get Ready to Shoot: In Part 1 of this article, I gave you an understanding of where and when to capture the night sky. Now let’s discuss HOW to do it. Since starlight is very dim, we need to set up our camera so that it can see in the dark. This is done by using a “fast” lens and through proper camera settings. For best results, set your camera’s capture mode to RAW. This will give you the widest dynamic...

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