In 1966, a twenty-one-year-old French woman bought a one-way ticket to Vietnam, where the American military involvement was becoming a full-scale war. The young Catherine Leroy was an admirer of photographer Robert Capa and the “reportage” she grew up seeing in Paris MATCH magazine, but she had little photojournalism experience. Despite that, and despite her particularly small physical frame, Leroy began as a freelance “stringer,” photographing the growing conflict in Vietnam. For the two
What are the best settings for landscape photography? Professional photographer Mahesh Thapa covers important topics such as ideal ISO settings, RAW shooting, the histogram, and much more. Once you learn and practice his techniques, you will be able to determine the best camera settings for your landscape photos!
Questions? Post them in the Comments section, below.
This is a fun conversation—very informative, and gets the creative chemistries gellin’. Our guest on today’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast is Rhiannon Adam and, if there is anyone who knows more about instant film photography, I don’t want to meet them. Adam brings a wealth of researched knowledge about the history of the Polaroid company and also simple but effective techniques to improve your instant film photography practice
It might be easier just to stick with natural lighting for portraiture, but there are times when a portrait needs more mood than the standard light or on-camera flash can provide. The on-camera flash is a great and portable way to brighten up a scene, whether it’s in the studio or on location. Combining it with a wireless flash trigger opens up many doors for creativity and allows a photographer more control over the results.
Wireless flash triggers are usually configured in two parts: a transmitter, which is mounted on the camera—
How does one begin to reconcile the unspoken sacrifices a mother makes to build her children a better life? For photographer, filmmaker, and experimental storyteller Diana Markosian, the key to understanding such mysteries of her childhood was through recasting long unexplained events in a monumental art project told through an embedded narrative—a nested story to honor her mother’s sacrifice.
Photographs © Diana Markosian
Above photograph: The Arrival, 2019, from Santa Barbara (Aperture, 2020)
Markosian was born in Moscow, in 1989, to
Sony Alpha Collective member Mahesh Thapa shares all you need to know about choosing and using APS-C lenses for landscape photography. Are photos taken with crop sensor cameras of lower quality? Can you use full-frame lenses on APS-C cameras? From prime to zoom lenses, ultra-wide angle to telephoto, Thapa will help you decide when building your landscape photography kit.
Do you shoot landscape photos with APS-C lenses? What has been your experience, and are you always pleased with the results? Jump into the conversation in the Comments section
Go behind the scenes with “Queen of Group Posing” Michele Celentano, in the studio, while she photographs and poses a family of four. You'll see how she approaches studio lighting and her techniques for working with children and parents.
Are you a maker of family photographs? What are some of your own techniques for dealing with young children as subjects? Picture it for us in the Comments section, below.
In September 2017, we dedicated an episode to a conversation about one photograph—an image made by photographer Richard Drew, on September 11, 2001, in New York, which has come to be called “The Falling Man.” It was an insightful recollection and analysis of an incredibly painful image, and on today’s episode of the B&H Photography
by Marjorie Perlas · Posted 05/04/2022
There’s a reason that softboxes are a preferred lighting modifier in the world of fashion photography and portraiture. With an effect that mimics daylight, the softbox offers a more flattering light source for models and a more diverse set of lighting options for photographers. It’s a versatile staple that should be in every portrait photography lighting kit.
A Dynamic Light Source
The softbox’s enclosed area
It has been said that all our knowledge begins with the senses. This is certainly the case for Martine Fougeron, who gave up a burgeoning fragrance-industry career as "the nose to the noses" to return to her roots—photography and family. What began as a personal challenge to reconnect with her creative life by photographing the inner world of her two sons and their teen tribe has blossomed into a long-term documentation of the in-between moments of daily life, from adolescence into adulthood.
Born in France, and brought up between Paris and
Interior and architectural photography take planning, a great sense of composition, as well as lighting and technical skills, to capture a successful image. Whether you're photographing cityscapes, interiors, or architecture, it is essential to learn the conventions and language of this craft. Bruce Katz presents editorial assignments from Architectural Digest, New York Magazine, and Landscape Architecture, including commercial work from architectural and interior design firms throughout the country.
Are you an aspiring photographer of
A photographer’s gift is to record his or her encounters with the world in pictures. If that photographer meets with success, pictures from their archive are published in magazines and books, exhibited in museums and galleries, licensed for commercial use, and sold as prints. With careful planning, these images have a life that endures well beyond that of the artist, through the continuing efforts of a legacy keeper.
Such is the relationship between the trailblazing work of 20th-Century photographer Ruth Orkin and the ongoing endeavors of her
Professional photographer Mahesh Thapa shares what's in his travel camera backpack, including camera bodies, lenses, filters, a tripod, and other accessories. Plus, Thapa discusses the apps he uses to plan his photos, the composition rules he utilizes, and more. Whether you're capturing mountains or buildings, these travel photography tips will improve your images!
What's in your camera bag? Is there something you carry that we have not included in this video? Tell us what it might be, in the Comments section!
by Leah Judson · Posted 04/29/2022
Who knew chasing a dream would entail renovating a bus to be my home and mobile studio? From daily mechanical disasters to a Home Depot bucket toilet, living a life of luxury has been far from my reality as I tackle producing, directing, and creating my first documentary, Before We Could Drink.
Leah Judson and her renovated bus
The past 90 days on the road have made me reflect on the
Our conversation on this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast is about the challenges that the practice of photojournalism faced during, and in the wake of, the monumental year 2020. With the coronavirus pandemic, the protests following the murder of George Floyd, and the presidential election cycle, news photographers and editors were faced with situations none had ever experienced. To its credit, the institution as a whole worked through it, adapted its workflows, and