Painting with Light
June 29, 2013  Author:  

By definition, Light Painting is the process of photographing at night while illuminating your subject with a handheld device such as a flashlight or camera flash.  The use of a moving hand held light creates a look that is nearly impossible to replicate during daylight hours. You can also mix in the ambient light of […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Shooting Into the Sun: Back-light + Flash = Cool Effects
June 20, 2013  Author:  

I have long shot macro mostly with side- or front-light, although using a macro twin flash gives me the flexibility to shoot in most any direction. However, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered shooting directly into the sun can create some very cool effects – under the right circumstances. I came upon a butterfly […]

RMSP EXPERIENCE, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Choosing a Photo Lab
June 12, 2013  Author:   (1)

If you are looking for a business that can produce quality reproductions of your images, how do you decide which one to use? There are lots of different labs with various types and levels of service. You can ask friends, colleagues and teachers which photo labs they use, but their choices might be based on […]

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Extending Your Depth of Field
June 5, 2013  Author:  

Sometimes it is just impossible to get everything completely sharp within a photo, even if you stop down to the smallest aperture (such as f22 or f32). This may be due to using longer focal length lenses (which inherently give us less depth of field), or it could be that you are trying to get […]

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Look Forward to Your Next Layover
May 24, 2013  Author:  

I travel A LOT for RMSP, and while I never imagined that the chain of my life would be linked by so many regional airports I have learned two very important things: Avoid Cinnabon and look forward to layovers. Here’s a tip for the next time you travel.  While you’re waiting to be crammed into […]

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Sketching With Your Smart Phone
May 10, 2013  Author:  

The smart phone – specifically the iPhone – has certainly caused a bit of a revolution and excitement when it comes to photography and as a professional I’ve embraced the craze, too. Some of my favorite images have been captured with this clever little device. Nowadays, we have the ability to shoot, process and share […]

EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE, INSPIRATION, INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
A Matter of Perspective: Shooting Butterflies from All Angles – Guest Article by Steve Russell
April 25, 2013  Author:  

Starving for small, living creatures to shoot during the winter months, I visited the Butterfly House in the Seattle Science Center hoping to get a shot or two up close. Butterflies from all over the world live their brief lives in an 85-degree glass greenhouse filled with tropical plants and it’s open to the public. […]

INSPIRATION, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Control the Background in Your Macro Photos
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Control the Background for powerful macro photography As with most forms of photography, macro imagery benefits from having a strong main subject; A subject that stands out and keeps the attention of the viewer. One approach to strengthening your main subject is by ensuring that you background does not compete with it. I consider the […]

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Two Elements to Better Macro Photography
April 22, 2013  Author:   (1)

I thought that title might suck you in and now that I’ve got your attention I want to tell you about my favorite accessory for macro photography.  It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to macro and want to buy some gear or if you’ve been shooting for years and already own a macro […]

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Mark S. Johnson Releases Color Correction Video Tutorial Series
April 17, 2013  Author:  

Photographer, Photoshop luminary, author and longtime RMSP instructor Mark S. Johnson is at it again. If you will remember back,  just a few weeks ago, we announced here on Paper Airplanes that Mark was re-releasing his popular book Botanical Dreaming a a downloadable e-book. Well, now on the heels of that release, Mark is announcing […]

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Finding Inspiration on Google+ Images
April 16, 2013  Author:  

Google+: A Central Hub For Photographic Inspiration Remember the old adage that “knowledge is power?” If you spend ten minutes per day looking at images from those who have truly mastered the art of landscape photography, wedding photography, macro photography, etc., then your own photographic skills will rise. Spend ten more minutes each day reading […]

INSTRUCTORS, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
How to Set Up Your Google+ Account
April 8, 2013  Author:   (1)

Google+ Offers Us An Endless Pool of Inspiration I have been teaching about the importance of the Google+ social sharing system for a year. I speak about Google+’s value as a educational tool in all of my photography workshops and at my Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software training seminars. The message that I try to deliver […]

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Arctic Snowy Owls in Washington – Guest Article by Steve Russell
March 25, 2013  Author:   (2)

I have long admired Paul Bannick’s photographs of Arctic Snowy Owls and, living in the Pacific Northwest, it never occurred to me that I would ever get the chance to shoot them myself without heading north. But the opportunity came my way when I discovered that the owls were making one of their “irregular” winter […]

INSPIRATION, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
How To Upgrade To Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4
March 21, 2013  Author:  

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 upgrade process often frustrates existing Lightroom users. Sadly, the official Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 installer disk that you purchased at the store or downloaded from Adobe online provides minimal instruction about the entire upgrade process. This lack of guidance often creates confusion because there are multiple steps involved in the […]

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Intro to Google+
February 26, 2013  Author:   (2)

Photography is meant to be shared. We photographers need a supportive community to inspire our work and our best images deserve an appreciative audience. When we connect with peers and mentors, we can learn new photographic techniques and surround ourselves with new sources for inspiration. For a few years, I have been searching for the […]

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