A Second Season of Shooting Dragonflies in Natural Light: Three New Lessons Learned – Guest Article by Steve Russell
July 20, 2015  Author:   (0)

Dragonflies have survived since prehistoric times with their extraordinary hunting prowess and prolific procreation (I highly recommend the excellent You Tube video, “Sky Hunters,” to drive home just how remarkable they are). But as a macro photographer I am drawn to them because of their vast array of colors, their always-surprising behaviors, and the fact […]

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EXPERT ADVICE: LinkedIn FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
June 22, 2015  Author:   (1)

To bring a new voice, a valuable perspective, and great advice for all photographers to our blog, we have teamed up with the fine folks at Wonderful Machine. Once a month, a blogger from the WM team will be contributing to this expert advice column. For this month’s installment, Dana Ratliff contributed this article on using […]

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From Larva to Lunch: The Brief Life of a Dragonfly Caught on Camera – Guest Article by Steve Russell
June 9, 2015  Author:  

  Nature can be cruel. After living three years in the muck of a marsh and finally crawling out and miraculously exploding out of its larval exoskeleton in the course of an hour, the life of the brown-eyed dragonfly I had been photographing up close was cut short by the beak of a bird. From […]

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EXPERT ADVICE: HOW TO BUILD YOUR WEB PRESENCE
May 22, 2015  Author:  

To bring a new voice, a valuable perspective, and great advice for all photographers to our blog, we have teamed up with the fine folks at Wonderful Machine.  Once a month, a blogger from the WM team will be contributing to this expert advice column. To kick things off with this newfound partnership, Alex Rudinski contributed this […]

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From Birds to Bugs – Guest Article by Steve Russell
May 19, 2015  Author:  

Spring has sprung and as the weather transitions to warmer and sunnier, I am transitioning from photographing birds to shooting mostly bugs. It’s not all or nothing – there are still birds to shoot, mostly babies – but there are way, WAY more bugs than birds out there now that the sun has come out. […]

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Using Lightrooms New Photo Merge to HDR
May 12, 2015  Author:   (1)

Like many photographers, I am super excited to find about the news of the new Photo Merge>HDR capability in the latest release of Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom® CC. Adobe has designed an especially simple and effective HDR process that takes advantage of Lightroom’s ability to tone map HDR files. In the past we selected our images […]

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Printing On Acrylic Is A Gorgeous Way To Present Your Images: Here’s A Great Resource!
April 15, 2015  Author:   (3)

We have so many options for ways to present our photographs to the world. Many of us share our images via the web (email, social media sites, personal websites). Sometimes, though, we forget how wonderful it is to see our images printed and hung on the walls of our home or in homes of people […]

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Subject, Light, Background: When it All Comes Together – Guest Article by Steve Russell
April 13, 2015  Author:   (2)

National Geographic photographer, Adam Jones, simplified the elements of a good wildlife photograph for me in a presentation last year: subject, light and background. Light that is soft, warm, low (as in the sun low to the horizon), front- or side-light; a subject that is compelling, crisply focused, well-exposed, with catch-light in the eye(s), and […]

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10 Places to Photograph in Raleigh/Durham This Weekend
April 6, 2015  Author:  

RMSP will be in Raleigh/Durham on April 11th and 12th as part of our 2015 Photo Weekend Events program. After a day or two spent learning how to improve your photography skills, there’s nothing more exciting than heading out to put those skills to the test. We thought it would be a fun idea to […]

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Let’s Get Close Up Part 1: Equipment
April 1, 2015  Author:  

In the past, RMSP has published blogs from Steve Russell and Tony Rizzuto on creative ways to shoot close-up, from insects to using achromatic filters and double exposures. In this post I’ll discuss an easy and cost effective way to get closer to your subject using one of the most versatile pieces of close up […]

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Flash Photography Made Simple
March 11, 2015  Author:  

Most photographers tend to shy away from using their on-camera flash and external speedlights. This is understandable given the fact that an uncontrolled flash often causes fake looking pictures with overexposed subjects and harsh shadows. The truth of the matter though, is that flash is easy! Understanding a few simple concepts will allow you take […]

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10 places to Photograph in Ft. Collins This Weekend
March 2, 2015  Author:   (2)

RMSP will be in Fort Collins, Colorado on March 7-8 as part of our 2015 Photo Weekend Events program. After a day or two spent learning how to improve your photography skills, there’s nothing more exciting than heading out to put those skills to the test. We thought it would be a fun idea to […]

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Shoot For The Moon!
February 25, 2015  Author:  

The invention of the telescope certainly brought some of the mysteries of the moon closer to us, but it was Apollo 11 that brought it within arms length and with the words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Neil Armstrong allowed us to imagine the cosmos at our feet. Since […]

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Photographing (almost) 40 Super Bowls
January 28, 2015  Author:  

For many years, our Summer Intensive students have been fortunate enough to have sports photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Peter Read Miller pay them a visit to talk about his career and show off some of his (many) standout images. Having been a Sports Illustrated photographer for most of his career, Peter is no stranger […]

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Winter Photography Tips
January 27, 2015  Author:  

Undisturbed, peaceful and beautifully white, winter is a season like no other. From the smallest ice crystal to the great expanse of a snow-covered field, winter’s cold is the visual architect for an endlessly evolving storyline. For photographers it is a pure white canvas for contemplation and creativity. Winter is a wonderland! It can also […]

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