Monthly Archives: December 2016

Editor’s Choice: Celebrating a New Year

Editor’s Choice: Celebrating a New Year

Fireworks are integral to celebrations of the New Year. And they’re also a frequent subject in photography. Today we’ll be looking at one artful fireworks photo and using it to highlight techniques that work well in firework photography.

Rewarding Nature’s Best Pics of 2016

Rewarding Nature’s Best Pics of 2016

Couldn’t think of a better way to end 2016 than with some of the year’s greatest photography as National Geographic recently announced the winners of their 2016 Nature Photography of the Year contest.

How to Photograph Burning Candles

How to Photograph Burning Candles

Winter’s here, and it’s brought early sunsets that handicap outdoor photography. But there’s plenty of opportunities indoors. Candles are a natural here. They’re easy to get, and around Christmas they’re often right at hand. Read on to learn how to handle the technical aspect of a shoot like this, plus some ideas for arranging the candles.

Create Your Own Original Christmas Cards

Create Your Own Original Christmas Cards

Christmas is knocking at the door, and lots of photographers would love to send an original Christmas greeting—their own photos. Today we’ll look close up at one photo that would make a great greeting, to help you delight with a similar one of your own.

A Christmas Experiment with Incense Sticks

A Christmas Experiment with Incense Sticks

Incense sticks are normally used to give your room the right atmosphere. But the smoke from incense sticks also forms one long unique, creative movement. And that’s a natural challenge for photographers. So get inspired by this photographic experiment with incense sticks and tea lights, and take advantage of the Christmas holidays for similar experiments of your own.

Editor’s Choice: A Winter Portrait

Editor’s Choice: A Winter Portrait

Winter is not exactly the most favorable time to take pictures. There are several reasons for this. It’s cold out, and it’s hard to handle a camera with cold fingers. Also, there’s not a lot of light, and everything looks depressing. But sometimes things work out even in these conditions.

Trend Spotting for 2017

Trend Spotting for 2017

While we never profess to knowing exactly what is going to happen over the course of the year just ahead of us, it is always fun to speculate on some of the trends we think might make a headline or two over the course of the next 12 months.

Geotag Your Photos!

Geotag Your Photos!

You might be among the many photographers who completely ignore the possibility of GPS-tagging your photos. “After all,” you tell yourself, “it’s not like I’ll ever forget where I took a picture!” But nobody’s memory is perfect—not even yours. Scout’s honor: can you really find the precise spot where you took a particular picture, say, five years ago?