Well, by now you all know that the government shutdown has broken history, as the longest shutdown in U.S. history. And no matter what side of the argument you're on, I think we can all agree that the shutdown ultimately impacts us as a country. As photographers, it impacts us in multiple ways. From national parks and museums being closed, to long security lines at airports, it's important to be prepared for your next photography journey. Below are a few things to keep in mind. Security! If you're in a large metro area, be prepared for … [Read more...] about What photographers need to know during the government shutdown
Making time-lapse videos is fun. They exaggerate the passing of time and reveal a whole different view of the world. I carry my Platypod Ultra everywhere so I'm always ready to set my camera to time-lapse mode and record traffic or clouds or airport work or a wildfire. I was making one the other day while awaiting my flight home from PhotoPlus Expo. And making them is simple, too. Many cameras — and even smartphones — have settings for creating a time-lapse. Look for it under interval shooting in your camera's menu. Then set the exposure … [Read more...] about How could I forget the first rule of making a time-lapse?
"My four-year-old daughter is making her first journey on an airplane later this week. I'm making a slideshow of pictures to show her how the process of flying works so that she won't be nervous when we go to the airport and board the plane. May I make a picture of you to include and show her how nice people are at the airport?" That's been my opening line as I run into people doing their jobs at airports around the country for the last few weeks, and as I share some of the pictures from my travels on social media (search #AirportPhotowalk) I … [Read more...] about How to Photograph Anywhere
Photographers always say they like to make pictures that tell a story, and I feel the same way. During my last formal photography class (in high school!) I had an assignment to do a photo essay and I was supposed to compose a story with photographs. I bombed it. My essay was so boring, I fall asleep just thinking about it. I didn't have a visual story at best I had some loosely related pictures. And really, I could classify many of my picture sets as loosely related. For instance, when I get together with my family, I enjoy making pictures … [Read more...] about The perfect tool for sharing stories during the holidays