Underwater diving and photography on location can be thrilling and exciting. If you really think about it, you’re exploring a world that isn’t seen by many, and you’re internalizing nature’s beauty. While it can be very adrenaline packed, it can also be dangerous, if you’re not careful.
Everybody in America seems to be in love with football—the American version—with its bone-splittingly violent hits, precision offensive and defensive schemes, and nail-biting drama. As a photographer, the trick is knowing how to bring home the dynamic images that tell the story, excite your clients and readers, and provide you with the satisfaction that comes with capturing the big plays in an arresting manner.
Landscape photography is such a romantic pursuit! Though it is so close to many of our hearts, the romance of landscape photography gets pushed aside too often by its technical and procedural aspects. Yet, without that technical stuff, it’s really hard to bring out the romance. With that in mind, I created what I think are the top ten ideas for techniques that you can use easily, so you can focus in on the romance. These top tips can work anywhere, but with the current interest in my ancestral home of Bodie, I was asked to act as your photographic guide to this very Western ghost town.
The key to making any top-ten-ideas list work is to latch on to only those that fit your style of photography, and forget the rest. The next thing you want to do is think through these ideas with the camera gear you own. You might find that some suit the job perfectly, while others end up being the odd lens out. And more than likely, you’ll find you’ll need to acquire a new lens. That is all part of the process, and the more you explore it, the better your photography will become, the greater the romance will become, and the more enthralling will be your storytelling. Let’s get to the list.
Jim Goldstein is a full-time professional photographer based in San Francisco, CA. He captures landscapes and nature, and is an established travel photographer. He also embraces social media, and is highly active on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Google + amongst others, such as Photo.net. We took some time to talk to Jim about his techniques, social media strategies, how landscapes inspire him, and his new eBook.
This article happens to be about orchid photography, but it could just as well be about photographing roses or model airplanes, or any small, detailed object that you're interested in. I tried growing orchids for several years, and thus followed the popular forums and looked for photos on the internet, like anyone else who is delving into a hobby. As you might expect, I found some really beautiful photos, but many more that were awful.
On a wedding day, creating drama is usually something photographers try to avoid. With all the personalities, excitement and tension surrounding the couple’s big day, it often falls to us to keep the couple relatively stress-free. But drama can be a photographer’s best friend when it comes to creating jaw-droppingly unique portraits. Single elements are good, but you can mix and match ideas from this list to create photographs that are truly stunning.
The holidays are coming up! We've got some great holiday offers available right now, but you'll need to find a way to make the most of that new purchase. If you'd like to take better holiday photos, then here are some great tips from Olympus Visionary Jay Kinghorn.
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