Creating More Depth in Your Photographs
January 28, 2014  Author:  

One thing that confronts a lot of photographers is the inability to capture the kind of depth they see when looking at the scene. You may have heard others proclaim or even thought to yourself, “this image just looks flat and uninteresting.” There are many variables that might influence this disappointment, like the way our […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
The 411 on Basic Photography in Texas
January 13, 2014  Author:  

RMSP will be returning to the Texas Hill Country in 2015 for a week long session of our popular Basic Photography workshop. We’ve been returning to this area for several years due to its natural beauty and the undeniably striking aesthetic that exists in every direction. Participants are treated to the best photo education available […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP EXPERIENCE
Handholding Techniques
January 9, 2014  Author:   (1)

“To hand hold or not to hand hold,” that is the question. Throughout the history of photography the tripod has been a blessing and a curse, a love and hate relationship for sure. Most well-traveled photographers know how important the tripod is when you need to maximize depth of field with small apertures or shoot […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP EXPERIENCE, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Night Photography: A Novel.
December 2, 2013  Author:  

Every once in a while the clouds part, stars align and something wonderful happens. Many moons ago, I first found out that RMSP workshop instructor, and our main man at B&H Photo, Gabe Biderman was putting pen to paper and writing a book about night photography. Then I got word that longtime RMSP instructor Tim […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP EXPERIENCE, WORKSHOPS
FOLLOWING A LEAD.
November 21, 2013  Author:   (2)

Have you ever had an image fully formed in your head, appear to you and call out to be made? Sometimes it may be fairly easy to execute, but other times it might seem like an impossibility. Moments like this are gifts from the creative muses, therefore we owe it to the muses to follow […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS
Polarize It!
November 7, 2013  Author:  

In the dawn of the new age when photography evolved from film to digital capture, some tools we were familiar with were left behind. One of the most important was film choice, as it provided a direct reflection of what we wanted to communicate in color, contrast and sharpness. Photographers now accomplish this either in […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Should I Take Basic or Intermediate?
November 1, 2013  Author:  

Hooray, the new RMSP catalog is out! But now it’s time to make some important decisions. This time of year we get emails from people wanting to know which workshop they should take. Tough choice, I know; so many workshops…so few vacation days. When someone asks about my favorite workshops, I always mention our Foundation […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP EXPERIENCE
Lightroom Shortcuts I Can’t Live Without
October 30, 2013  Author:  

Like most photographers I prefer my time shooting to that spent behind the computer.  Downloading and editing images sucks up precious energy and time so I’m eager to streamline my workflow and shave time wherever possible. One of the best ways to do this is by using keyboard shortcuts.  Whenever you find yourself continually repeating […]

INSTRUCTORS, RMSP NEWS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
The Crop Factor Explained
October 21, 2013  Author:  

Teaching in the Career Training, Workshops and Photo Weekends programs for RMSP I get a lot of questions. (Bring ‘em on, I love questions!)  One equipment-related topic seems to be more of a stumbling block for new photographers than any other.  At some point we’re all told that our lenses are going to perform differently […]

EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE, INSTRUCTORS
Should I Print From Lightroom or Photoshop?
October 14, 2013  Author:  

With Adobe’s announcement of a “Photographer’s Bundle” for the Creative Cloud subscription, many shutterbugs now have access to both Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC for printing their images. So a fair question is, which one to use? Let’s see how they compare. How They’re Alike Lightroom and Photoshop share many printing features and capabilities. The […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS, RMSP NEWS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Mark S. Johnson on Scott Kelby’s Blog
October 11, 2013  Author:  

The photography industry giant and NAPP founder, Scott Kelby, knows a thing or two about inspiration. In fact, he’s made a cottage industry of inspiring photographers and artists worldwide to reach new heights, use new technology and become the artist one was born to be. So you have to believe that he knows a kindred […]

INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS
Exploring Your Subject, Part II
September 25, 2013  Author:  

Going Beyond One Picture Last week In Part I of Exploring Your Subject, I introduced the concepts of environmental, intimate and abstract portraits. These approaches are means of exploring your subject so that “no stone is left unturned” in the process of searching for that one expression that communicates how we feel about the subject. […]

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Exploring Your Subject, Part I
September 11, 2013  Author:  

I imagine this has happened to you. You see something really exciting, frame it up in the viewfinder, snap the shutter, quickly glance at the back of the camera and then begin to look for other subjects nearby that may evoke the same kind of excitement. When you get back home and review the work […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Preparing Images for Printing
August 28, 2013  Author:   (8)

Once you’ve decided to print your image using either a photo inkjet printer or a printing service, you still have to prepare the file correctly to ensure you get quality results. This involves three steps: Set the resolution. Size the picture. Sharpen the image. If you are sending the picture out to a photo lab […]

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Sweet and Easy Flash Exposure
July 9, 2013  Author:  

Balancing ambient and flash exposure in photography has perplexed humankind since its beginnings when flash powder (yikes!) was used to light things up in the early 1800s. These early pioneers had to rely on intimate knowledge of manual flash exposure to get things right.            – ©BlitzlichPulverPhotography With recent advances in […]

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