Archive — Joel Addams

I have enjoyed the X-Pro 1 from Fujifilm immensely. It's all about the combination of the simplistic design of the camera, its metal body, its excellent sensor, and its weight. To have the image quality with such a well-built camera has been refreshing, and the market appears to agree, as Fujifilm continues expand their line of "retro" style, X-mount cameras,...
Marc Muench (www.muenchphotography.com) has been a professional landscape and sports photographer for over 20 years. Marc is now the "artist in residence" at dgrin.com for Smugmug, where he contributes on a regular basis to the "Muench University" critique thread. He is currently the photo editor of the National Parks guide, published by The American Park Network, which contain many of...
MARRAKESH, MOROCCO Morocco historically has been one of the United States' long-time allies, with Morocco being the first country to recognize the United States as a sovereign nation in 1777.  It also happens to be one of the safer countries in the Middle East for travel.  Europeans flock to the country, both for its proximity with cheap flights and as...
I have to be honest here.  I have never been prone to use an on-camera flash.  I do use continuous lights for video and portrait work, but I have always tried to keep it simple.   In the landscape, I am used to natural light and positioning subjects in my travel photography in available light so as to maximize the...
Nick Didlick's (www.nickdidlick.com) extensive career in photojournalism has spanned over three decades, two continents, and photographer positions at United Press Canada, Reuters, the Vancouver Sun, and the National Post. He has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and is a National Newspaper Award-winning photographer. He is now widely sought after as a speaker on digital imaging workflow, counting Nikon,...
Photographers are an opinionated lot, and those who are relatively new to the game may not see the reason one might want a fixed focal length lens (a "prime" lens) over a zoom lens.  After all, shouldn't a zoom lens always be better in that it can cover more focal lengths?  As with many things, tradeoffs exists between flexibility, contrast,...
Based in Anchorage, Alaska Matt and Agnes Hage (www.hagephoto.com) work together to produce high-caliber active lifestyle and adventure travel photography for clients worldwide.  While they shoot plenty of work in the Chugach Mountains out their back door, they have been known to haul an obscene amount of gear to far away places.  The couple looks forward to collaborating with clients...
Traveling around the islands of Hawaii is a photograph waiting to happen at any point.  All the islands, are of course, fantastic for their blues of the skies and oceans and for their greens in the lush foliage covering the towering peaks.  Rich black lava can add an extra element of contrast to many areas, as it does on Oahu's...
Dawn Kish (www.dawnkishphotography.com) is an Arizona-based photojournalist and outdoor photographer.  She is represented by National Geographic Images and contributes as well to Aurora Photos and Getty Images.  Her photographs seem to match her personality: interesting, exciting, and full of life.  Her work has appeared on the covers of many magazines and she currently holds a position at the prestigious Arizona...
Tony Sweet (tonysweet.com) is a professional photographer, author, lecturer, and workshop instructor living in Eldersburg, Maryland. He and Susan Milestone own and operate Visual Artistry Photography Workshops, teaching throughout the US and Canada. Tony's photography is published worldwide in every medium and is represented by Getty Images.  His iPhone photography is represented by Aurora Photos.  Tony has authored five books on...
Photographer Marc Muench Marc Muench has been a professional landscape and sports photographer for over 20 years. After completing his studies at Pasadena Art Center College of Design in the spring of 1989, Marc immediately began photographing for book publishers such as Graphic Arts Center, Browntrout Publishing and Time Inc.  Soon after, Marc represented Canon Camera in several ad campaigns,...
Lara Ferroni (www.laraferroni.com) describes herself as a "goner" when it came to taking her first photograph of a batch of raspberry scones.  "My family quickly learned to ask first before digging in with their forks as I became completely snap-happy around any kind of food," she says. She keeps a very small, light-filled shop in Portland, Oregon. "I mostly do...
As we focus on some of the best photographers in the industry and in their particular genres, it is with some difficulty that we focus on a photographer who has done so much to add to collection of images and shape the way we think about images from around the world as Steve McCurry (www.stevemccurry.com).  I was given his book...
A dirty sensor can cause havoc in post-processing.  Largest spots are evident in a digital file, and can be removed fairly easily in digital software, but when five, ten, or even fifty spots start to show up in post, the task of removing them can be extraordinarily time consuming.  It's best to take precautions to avoid dust and debris on...
Kent Miles (www.kentmiles.com) is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah who graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.  He has worked with the Center for Documentary Arts (CDA) for more than 25 years and was a principal contributor to many CDA exhibit and book projects. In 1987, he was selected as one of the "Top...
Royce Bair has been a professional illustrative photographer since 1973, and an international lecturer on photography since 1982. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The Smithsonian, and on the covers of numerous books. As a photographer, writer, and entrepreneur, he has built and sold five photo-related businesses. He and his wife, Linda, are now shooting stock photography while they continue to...
The roadside photographs must continue, and an area that is best visited in the winter, spring, and fall is Tucson, Arizona. Flooded with snowbirds in the winter, people who move to the warmth during the cold months from the northern United States, Tucson sits in a fairly flat valley with the famous Saguaro National Parks on both sides. Sitting just...
Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, John Clark (www.johnclarkphotography.com) freelanced as a musician working with all the London orchestras, opera companies, and leading brass ensembles of the era. He was Head of Brass at the Junior Department at the Guildhall for 15 years and Professor of the Euphonium for the same period. He twined photography and music together...
Larry Zerner (www.zernerlaw.com), who holds a B.A. in Theater and a law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, has been earning a reputation as a top Los Angeles entertainment attorney. After graduating from law school in 1991, Larry spent nine years working for and learning from his mentors — top publishing and intellectual property attorney, author and columnist...
PatitucciPhoto (patitucciphoto.com) is the unique combination of Dan & Janine Patitucci’s vision for a creative life as photographers and mountain sport athletes. Since 1999, PatitucciPhoto is one of the world’s leading sources of the finest mountain sport, lifestyle and travel images for the global outdoor industry, or for any client seeking dynamic outdoor photography. As real athletes of the sports they work...
Mike Tittel (www.miketittel.com) is a Salt Lake City, Utah based commercial, advertising, and editorial photographer who specializes in shooting sports, fitness, adventure and active lifestyle images on location.  His work has been used by some of the largest outdoor industry companies, and his combination of artificial and natural light makes his imagery a polished view of the outdoor world. Mike...
The revolution of digital photography has more recently continued in the improvements of the cameras embedded in the ubiquitous cell phone (or mobile if you are outside of the US).  Even the improvements from say the iPhone 3 to the iPhone 4 were impressive.  Even so, many don't believe that this tiny sensor with its seeming lack of features can...
Eric Meola's (www.ericmeola.com) color images have appeared editorially in various magazines, including Life, Travel & Leisure, Esquire, and Time. In 1975 he photographed the classic cover for Bruce Springsteen's album 'Born to Run'.  (We are anxiously awaiting his new book 'Streets of Fire' - Photographs of Bruce Springsteen taken between 1977 and 1979, due out in September 2012 by HarperCollins. His...
Conceiving and capturing powerful and soulful moments has been the driving force for Jeff Diener's photography (http://www.jeffdiener.com) and provides the fuel for new work. Jeff has been producing award winning, iconic landscape and active lifestyle imagery for the past 15 years.  He travels extensively and works with fine art as well as commercial clients including Columbia Sportswear, London Fog, Title Nine,...
Photographer Michael Clark Michael Clark (www.michaelclarkphoto.com) is an internationally published outdoor photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. His editorial and corporate clients include National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Men's Journal, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, Climbing, Nike, Nikon, Adobe, Patagonia, Pfizer and DuPont to name just a few. He has risked life and limb on a variety...
I encountered my first real problems with power and digital image storage on a trip to the Everest Region in Nepal in 2006.  I knew I would be at least a week or two hiking without the luxury of recharging a laptop for image storage or having the ability to recharge my batteries.  There are several option for each of...
 No one is denying that multimedia and filmmaking have become staples for visual storytellers.  Many still photographers have moved into a realm of shooting motion for clients as well as for their personal projects.  The workshops listed below range from a few days in length to a few weeks.  Most are for beginners and intermediate in multimedia, but you should...
Yes, yes, it's a variation of the title of one of Charles Dickens' great novels that you read in high school and never picked up again.  "Great Combinations" here, however, means something very different.  We're going to be putting together some of what we believe to be the "great" combinations of camera bodies and lenses.  What do we mean by...
Kai Eiselein is a former newspaper editor/publisher who broke into the business as a photojournalist.  He enjoys shooting a variety of subjects, but has a particular passion for lightning photography. He currently lives in Moscow, Idaho. His images are licensed through Getty Images. Kai Eiselein: "Lightning. We’ve all seen it, marveled at its power and beauty and, for some, feared it. As...
I received a wonderful correspondence from a photographer in Australia recently, who was planning on hiking the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain this year and who is an avid photographer.  Going on a 500-mile backpacking adventure and being an avid photographer are two things that sometimes clash.  The more you are into photography, the more equipment you often...
Tom Bol (www.tombolphoto.com) is a regular contributor to Digital Photo Magazine and Outdoor Photographer Magazine, and an instructor at Kelby Training. Tom also photographs a story each month for his column 'On Location' in Light It magazine. Tom was on the list of National Geographic Adventure's "50 of America's Top Visionaries" for his photography, and his images have been featured by Lowepro, Nikon and American Photo. He is a Sandisk Extreme...
Photographer Shawn Reeder Shawn Reeder (shawnreeder.com) may not have all the big awards in photography and videography, but he holds one of the highest remarks from well known Director of Photography Philip Bloom as having "one of the most beautiful time lapses [he] has ever seen."  Many would consider this equal to winning one of the industry's highest awards.  Time...
Many photographers have been asking about how to photograph the May 20, 2012 annular solar eclipse that will have its most complete "eclipsing" along a corridor that runs roughly through northern California,directly through Nevada, clipping the southwest portion of Utah, and firmly slicing up northern Arizona and central New Mexico.  It will occur sometime between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. with...
In August 2011, PDN compiled the responses of five collectors of photography and asked them about their buying habits.  Most expressed an interest in purchasing photographs that had been printed ten times or less, and indeed, many of the galleries in the United States often take fine art photographers more seriously when they print in extremely limited quantities.  I was...
Photographer and Cinematographer David McLain David McLain (www.davidmclain.com) sharpened his skills the old-fashioned way shooting feature-length assignments around the world for National Geographic Magazine.  While the stories varied greatly, the mandate was always the same: create timeless images for a client with the highest visual standards on earth. More recently, he has become absorbed with cinematography and is actively adapting his...
Markus Reugels is a macro photographer from a small village near Schweinfurt, Germany.  He started photographing only three years ago, but has progressed rapidly in the field of macrophotography and in photographing droplet photography, specifically.  We asked him to give us some background in how he has been setting up for his magnificent shots. THE DROP ON DROP TECHNIQUE "The...
Born in Poland, but living and working in the Netherlands, Kamil Tamiola is a commercial adventure photographer specializing in photography and storytelling from remote locations. His main area of interest include alpine climbing and extreme outdoor sports. Aside of artistic curriculum, Kamil works as a doctoral researcher at University of Groningen. Kamil’s multimedia work is represented by America’s leading outdoor photo...
International Wedding Photographer Jasmine Star Jasmine Star is an Orange County, California-based wedding photographer who travels the world to capture the big day of so many clients.  Voted one of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers by American Photo Magazine, Jasmine's work has been included in magazines such as Comsopolitan, Professional Photographer, TheKnot, Inside Weddings, Santa Barbara, and Rangefinder.  She took...
Jennifer Wu (www.jenniferwu.com), a professional photographer since 1992, is best known for her nature, landscape and night photography. Jennifer was named by Canon USA to the elite group of photographers, The Explorers of Light. Canon states, "The Explorers Of Light program is a group of 62 of the world's best photographers, united in their love and passion for photographic excellence....
Guy Tal (www.guytal.com) is a naturalist, photographer, and writer residing in the state of Utah, in the heart of a unique and scenic desert region known as the Colorado Plateau. He chose nature photography "as a way of capturing and sharing the beauty, power, and fragility of wild places and the life that inhabits them, so that those who have...
Corey Rich is one of the world's most recognized adventure and outdoor lifestyle visual storytellers. He has captured stunning still photos and video on a wide array of assignments, including rock climbing in India, ultra-marathon racing in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, freight train hopping in the American West, and snowboarding in Papua New Guinea. His editorial work includes assignments...
I was talking with Leslie the other day.  Leslie is a seasoned photographer and product specialist at Pictureline.  He mentioned that beginning photographers always feel "in the dark" about how to go about learning to photograph.  One even asked him directly:  "How do I learn how to photograph?  I go to seminars, some workshops, some lectures.  I try to read...
Durability is one thing most photographers would appreciate more of in their equipment and equipment holders.  Unfortunately, photographic and video equipment don't seem to be universally made of steel.  In fact, most equipment is more than fragile, combining glass elements, sensitive electronic components, and delicate construction.  One drop on a hard surface and many pieces of photographic equipment are history. ...
Photograph by Eric Meola The process of learning photography is not easy.  Ask any of the professionals who have made statements, and not just a living in the medium.  The process is different for each person, but uniformly, this process has much to do with self-evaluation and especially introspection.  Most professionals will agree on one thing:  they took a lot...
500px is a website that allows photographers to share, comment on, and even sell images.  Sound like Flickr?  Of course it does, but 500px has swept the photographic world, growing exponentially over the past few years as photographers have enjoyed its clean, simple layout and unusually high quality images that are self-edited by photographers.  In the past, 500px has had...
Photography workshops abound, likely as result of an explosion in interest in photography as well as its accessibility.  Whatever the reason, professional photographers have answered the call to provide a variety of workshops from travel-style workshops to adventure photography workshops to comfortable, but intense portrait photography workshops.  I've picked out a few here to highlight for 2012.  This is only...
  Based in Anchorage, Alaska Matt and Agnes Hage work together to produce high-caliber active lifestyle and adventure travel photography for clients worldwide.  While they shoot plenty of work in the Chugach Mountains out their back door, they have been known to haul an obscene amount of gear to far away places.  The couple looks forward to collaborating with clients...
Outdoor Photographer Magazine is widely recognized in the world of outdoor and landscape photography as a "must have" subscription due to its solid content, premier photographs, and news in the industry.  Christopher Robinson, OP's current editor, was kind enough to explain some of the ways to connect with the world of outdoor photography and a bit about his own path...
Royce Bair has been a professional illustrative photographer since 1973, and an international lecturer on photography since 1982. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The Smithsonian, and on the covers of numerous books. As a photographer, writer, and entrepreneur, he has built and sold five photo-related businesses. He and his wife, Linda, are now shooting stock photography while they continue to...
Photographer Jorge Uzon has been a photojournalist for the Agence France-Presse (AFP) from the years of 1996 to 2004, working in Guatemala and then in Mexico City.  He has worked as an independent photographer since then, photographing two major projects: in Bolivia (2006-2008) on social changes since Evo Morales became president and one in Patagonia (2008-2011), on the struggle between...