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Start making stunning black-and-white images

I have to confess to you — I’m an ambivalent photography lover. My love for color knows few bounds (unless we’re talking oversaturated images or horribly processed HDR). Color dazzles the eyes, prompts emotions, inspires. And yet, my heart splits in two when we turn toward black-and-white photography. Not just any black-and-white photography. I’m talking breathtaking, dramatic, glossy black-and-whites, the kind a master of the medium can make. To me, great black-and-white photography requires an artist’s touch, a deft use...

Learn these three rules of photography for better images

Well writers, here we are, 2021. Yeah, we’re carrying over so much of what made 2020 awful. Nonetheless, the calendar change is a time of optimism. We begin anew. This will be the year we finish that manuscript, the year we land an agent. And the year we make our photos better. Right? We all know by now that being a writer means more than composing good stories, drafting and redrafting, and precision grammar. We have to build platform, and...

Learn to love light AND shadow

Spray-and-pray. Anyone who’s held a camera has used this method of photography, usually when you first start out (and hopefully only then). Spray-and-pray refers to the fever pitch creative mania one deploys in the pursuit of a great image. An event is unfolding in front of you. Maybe it’s an exchange of wedding vows. Or your child is taking her first steps. Perhaps a fiery sunset lights the ocean horizon in a mix of reds, oranges, and purples. Clickclickclickclickclickclick. You...