Archive — photography

The end of any year provides a great opportunity to reflect—time to reflect on goals, dreams, aspirations, progress, setbacks, hopes, and challenges. Keeping goals and a clear vision in your mind of what you want to create can be a powerful tool in bringing them to reality. This visualization has helped me progress in multiple aspects in my life, perhaps...
"Like many successful people, Gage Thompson didn’t wait for work to come to him—he sought it out." Perhaps this is why PDN Magazine recently named Gage an "All-Star Assistant." Gage was recognized not only for his array of photography skills, but also his unwavering work ethic and great sense of humor. Gage has worked with many notable photographers, including widely...
Did you know that the 12 Days of Christmas actually don’t start until Christmas Day? Crazy, right? People are often misguided in thinking that the 12 Days are some sort of countdown before Christmas, and here at pictureline, we like that story, so we’re going with it. We’re in full on Christmas mode and we’ve got 12 products that anyone...
In the world of photography, there never seems to be a year when there’s not something on our wish lists. Holidays are often the time we hope to see that new DSLR under the tree, more memory cards stuffed inside our stockings, or perhaps unwrap a gift to discover the latest version of our favorite software. As photographers, we all...
Like most people, I am not lucky enough to be independently wealthy, so I must go to work every weekday. As I sit in traffic I get to enjoy the beautiful golden hour light on my hour long commute over the mountains near Los Angeles. I've witnessed many great sunrises and sunsets as I am driving along I-15, and although...
Photographer Matthew Kuhns (www.matthewkuhnsphotography.com) is a California-based landscape photographer with images published in Popular Photo and PDN. Matthew has been producing landscape imagery across the United States for many years. Matthew is also a practicing aeronautical engineer. This endeavor has helped him better understand the forces of nature and its energies: the movement of wind, the play of light, and...
Brandon Flint is a freelance editorial and active lifestyle photographer based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. He specializes in environmental portraiture and movement. He received a degree in Art and Visual Communications with an emphasis in photography from Utah Valley University, after which he interned in New York City with a talented fashion/beauty photographer. Today, Brandon shares some advice...
This is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of Michael Clark's e-book Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: A Professional Photographer’s Workflow. Chapter Three is titled "Importing and Editing Images in Lightroom," and it covers how to set up your Lightroom preferences, import images into Lightroom, using the DNG file format, editing your images, renaming images, file and folder naming, shooting tethered and many other...
Drake Busath (http://drakebusath.com/) has been a working photographer for 35 years. He guides workshops in Italy, where he has worked, lived, and traveled extensively. Drake teaches professional seminars from Australia and Asia to Europe and in most U.S. States. He has been featured multiple times on the cover of Professional Photographer magazine, and his photographs hang in thousands of homes...
David Cleland (www.flixelpix.com) is a landscape and reportage photographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is best known for his landscape and documentary photography, which has been featured in a number of photographic exhibitions. David also teaches film and animation applying the rules of still photography to the art of moving image. David’s work has been accepted by Getty Images...
While traveling in locations that do not seem camera-friendly, I have often encountered people who say, "I was going to bring my nice camera, but I didn't want to hurt it (or have it stolen)."  I'll admit that this mentality used to cross my mind as well, until I started to think about photography and film in a different way. ...
Photographer 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. Michael Clark:  "Choosing the right photography workshop can be difficult. It is difficult to know how open the...
Jack Graham (www.jackgrahamphoto.com) is a professional photographer living in the Pacific Northwest. Jack is well known for his Photography Classroom in the Field workshops throughout the United States and beyond offering his personal touch to the photographic workshop experience. Jack’s work has been published in many well-known magazines as well as for stock and fine art print sales. Jack is...
One question that will inevitably arise as photographers start to make their own prints is "What do I sign them with, and how many should I make?"  We've collected a variety of answers from professionals around the country to help you have a better understanding of how and with what these photographers are leaving the last touch on their artistic...
Photographer Andy Williams (www.muenchworkshops.com) has been a photographer all of his life.  Andy has been teaching professional workshops since 2005, covering some of the major national parks in the West: Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, and Zion.   His horse workshops with Lynne Glazer have become favorites of photographers of all levels.  His work can be seen on Moon River Photography.  Long fascinated...
Matt Nager (www.mattnager.com) grew up in the Rocky Mountains and frequently traveles throughout the Southwest for assignments. Growing up, he spent much of his free time getting lost in the mountains, filming movies with his friends, and jamming on the saxophone in his school jazz band. His love for nature and the outdoors, as well as his interest in people and culture,...
Carolyn Guild (www.carolynguild.com) currently splits her residences between Mexico, California and Utah with her husband. She travels extensively to capture her transfixing black and white photographs, which have gained International attention. She has won numerous awards including B&W Magazine’s Gold Award for Seascape/Water (2010) and Landscape/Nature (2007), Silver Award for Metaphor/Abstract 2012 and Bronze Award in Abstract, 2007. Carolyn’s work...
Dwight Eschliman (eschlimanphoto.com) has been living and working in San Francisco for over ten years.  His work spans a variety of subjects from athletic shoes to Legos, clean rooms to castles in Germany, the newest tech products to beef stew.  His editorial photography appears in New York Times Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Esquire, GQ, Details, New York Magazine, Dwell, and...
Cover "From Oz to Kansas" by Vincent Versace Vincent Versace (www.versacephotography.com) is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography.  His passion for natural light photography is manifest not only in his work but also through his role as a creative and technical leader.  Vincent's work has been highlighted in American Photo, Popular Photography, The New...
Guy Tal (www.guytal.com) is a photographer, writer, instructor, and philosopher who splits his time between all of these things and just living. He has been rather prolific in producing eBooks, and this one, Intimate Portraits of the Colorado Plateau, is a mix of philosophy, memories, and of course, images. His style and philosophy are refreshing in a world of highly...
Jacom Stephens (jacomstephens.com) is an award-winning commercial photographer based out of Salt Lake City with nearly twenty years of experience in the advertising industry. He has worked for many local and national brands and has built a reputation of creating stunning, impeccably lit images.  Jacom specializes in on-location lifestyle photography, typically of people using products in various situations, but does...
Consider this a fall 2012 cornucopia of workshops coming up: some are the classic fall landscape 'shops and some are the high end artistic stuff. We do enjoy pulling out some really interesting ones from time to time, like Maine Media Workshop's photographic journey on a boat, which (though pricey) may be a great way to travel and photograph the...
With photos published everywhere from Powder and Bike Magazine to commercial shoots for companies such as Karhu and Black Diamond, Steven Lloyd (www.stevelloydphoto.com) has positioned himself as one of today’s leading action sports photographers.  A Utah native, Steve Lloyd’s talent for photography has grown alongside his passion for the outdoors. He continually strives to capture the raw essence and emotion...
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...
Photographer Michael Kenna Critics and viewers and writers have all described Michael Kenna's (www.michaelkenna.net) work in similar terms:  "serene" "mysterious" "intimate" "humane" and "powerful."  Michael Kenna's black and white medium format work has changed little in terms of format through his career, but his subject matter has moved, as he has said, from the obviously "beautiful" things such as Venetian...
There are two types of "teaching" professionals in my estimation.  Those who teach to teach, being compensated because they teach well, and those who teach to be compensated.  This can further be broken down into those who are "good" at teaching and those who are mediocre.  I make these generalizations (and I realize that they are gross generalizations) because I...
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,...
Photographer Yun-Fei Tou Born in 1975, Yun-Fei Tou first encountered the art of photography in 1991, as a student at The American School in Switzerland. In 1998, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a major in photography. In 2007 and 2008, Yun-Fei Tou received the Golden Tripod Award for Photography, presented by the Government Information Office, Executive...
The photography world is a complex jungle of genres, galleries, awards, and workshops.  The amount of information that we sift through can be overwhelming, and yet sometimes we come across something that seems so interesting, we just have to show it around.  Foundry Photoworkshops offers a photojournalism course this July 29-August 4, 2012.  Some of the top photojournalists around will...
Photographer 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 of assignments to bring back stunning images of rock...
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...
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,...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
African safaris are sometimes a once-in-a-lifetime event for photographers, so finding the right one requires some searching.  I thought I would be able to find many well-known names doing these tours, but I noticed that many of the big names in photography do not do workshops there.  Perhaps the expense of these trips is discouraging for some photographers, as most...
  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...
Kent Miles 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 One...
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...
 Guy Tal is a photographer, writer, instructor, and philosopher who splits his time between all of these things and just living.  I was particularly interested in his interest and skill with publishing his own eBooks, instead of going a traditional route by self-publishing or working with a publisher.  His style and philosophy are refreshing in world of highly competitive photography....
Wedding photography as a genre makes up a large segment of the photographic industry.  Individuals will often call on a photographer usually at least once in their lives and in a moment when accuracy and ability to deliver are paramount.  The genre also attracts a variety of professionals, advanced amateurs and beginners as photographers feel as if they can approach...
Scott Bourne and Skip Cohen have put together an interesting twist on the theme of simple improvement, and that is, "What should I be doing if I want to be a professional photographer?"  Their book, GOINGPRO: How to Make the Leap from Aspiring to Professional Photographer, published by Amphoto Books 2011, is divided into chapters that seem to move from...
The Busath Studio and Gardens is a well-established installation for portrait and wedding photography in the Utah area and around the country.  Drake Busath, who currently runs the studio and the business Busath Studio and Gardens, continues the tradition of excellence in portrait and wedding photography that his father, Don, first started over 50 years ago.  Drake has been influenced...
In college, I received my worst grade in a "Composition of Photography" class.  The course included shooting a roll of color slide film every week and then going to a one and a half hour class in the afternoon (in the dark) and looking at everyone’s images.  It was difficult not to sleep through it, as my images were just...
The combination of great vistas and ease of access adds great value to certain outdoor spots for photography.  Cityscapes are usually fairly accessible for photographers, especially if the locale is not on the top of an inaccessible building.  If you can drop a tripod, though, the same rules apply to cityscape photography as they do for landscape photography.  The golden...