Jill Waterman

Jill Waterman

While she never dreamed of being a cowboy, the gift of a cowgirl outfit brought Jill Waterman to tears, until her parents relented and replaced the dainty skirt with some pants. She caught the photography bug while studying art in Paris, and she hasn’t looked back since. After more than a decade as a photo editor (surrounded by mountains of slides of varying heights), she added writing to the mix as an editor of custom publishing projects for Photo District News. A team member of the B&H Explora blog since 2015, Waterman moonlights as a night photography specialist. Her first book, the technical volume Night and Low Light Photography, www.nightphotographybook.com, was published by Amphoto in 2006. Learn more about her ongoing project to document New Year’s Eve celebrations around the globe at www.newyearphotos.com.

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Starting and maintaining a career as a professional photographer is more competitive than ever, yet the ease with which pictures can be taken and shared has made the barriers to entry very low. In the face of such professional challenges, the Rocky Mountain School of Photography (RMSP) stands out as a trusted Mecca for intensive...
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Katrin Eismann’s fascination with the visual world started early. “When I was very young, my parents had a faceted crystal stopper on a bottle of cognac, and I would run around the house looking through it, taking pictures … in my mind,” she recalls. She got her first real camera at 12, a little Instamatic that she earned from collecting the S&H Green Stamps her mother gave her from food...
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The photo community has a unique advantage over other art forms. As the most democratic of the arts, photographs, by their very nature, are among the most easily shared and viewed. This has given rise to an abundance of photographic portfolio reviews. In recent years, the portfolio review has become ubiquitous in the field of photography, providing a venue for photographers of all levels, from...
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In the world of photography, the name Magnum has been synonymous with photojournalism and visual storytelling of the highest caliber, from the agency’s founding in 1947 to the present. The artists of this world-renowned collective have documented global events, pushed the boundaries of visual language, and fostered photographic dialogues for more than 70 years. In addition to producing a...
Clay Bolt and his Quest to Save a Species with Images
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Wildlife conservation photographer Clay Bolt says, “As far back as I can remember, I've been fascinated with insects, and little things like frogs. My other twin passion was always art, particularly illustration, and later on painting. So, I’ve always gone back and forth to combine these two loves of my life.” Growing up in South Carolina, Bolt was drawn to nature, but had yet to discover the...
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Cristina Mittermeier was hardly seeking to change the world with photography when starting her career as a marine biologist. Trained as a scientist and armed with a degree in biochemical engineering in the exploitation of marine resources from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), in Mexico, Mittermeier’s early work consisted largely of scientific papers filled with...
Keith Ellenbogen: Cartier Bresson of the Deep
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To succeed as an underwater photographer, one needs to cultivate a subtle balance of preparedness and patience. For more than two decades, underwater conservation photographer Keith Ellenbogen has done just that, to offer us rare glimpses of the elusive marine life he photographs within the short window of his air supply. In the following interview, Ellenbogen sheds light on how his early...
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The photographic divide between art and tech is a curious thing. In my experience writing about the field, I’ve found that when photographers gather to discuss the medium’s connection to technical or scientific concerns, shoptalk is ubiquitous, and chatter about gear flows from the lips. Yet when photographers are immersed in more of an arts-oriented environment, responses to questions about...
Ami Vitale Advocates for Mother Earth
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Ami Vitale has a remarkable affinity for life-changing events. A native of South Florida, Vitale was a self-described shy, gawky child who, like many young girls, possessed little confidence. The assessment of a grade school teacher, who told her she was not very good at English, stuck with her for years. “I just thought that I had no ability as a writer, or as a creative person,” she says. “I...
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As Ernest Hemingway noted in the book, True at First Light, “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.” In this final installment of a four-part series, South African photographer Isak Pretorius discusses packing and travel tips for long-haul flights and small-carrier junkets, to help you travel stress free and be fully prepared for intrepid adventure. Above...
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For as long as I can remember, the heavy chunk of black Bakelite and chrome nicknamed “The Brick,” was a staple on a shelf in my parents’ living room. Officially known as the Argus C3, this solid pointy-edged rangefinder is said to be one of the most popular cameras in history, selling about 2 million units during its extraordinary 27-year production run, from 1939 to 1966. While this camera...
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To quote the pioneering aviator Beryl Markham, “Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter's Valhalla, an escapist's Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations.” In this third portion of a four-part series, South African photographer Isak Pretorius shares his knowledge about optimizing your photo gear, and gives you...
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Grayson Dantzic was initially unaware of his father Jerry’s early freelance photo assignments, in 1950s New York. Growing up in the 1970s, he was steeped in the color photographs from his father’s groundbreaking work with a Cirkut camera, through summer trips with his parents to document America in the panoramic format—city by city and state by state. Above: Billie Holiday backstage at Sugar Hill...
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Stefen Chow's attraction to adventure started early, before he could even remember it. At the tender age of two, he moved from his native Malaysia to live in Singapore with his mother and two older sisters, while his father stayed behind for work. "I have no recollection of growing up in Malaysia," he says. While child development experts might warn of separation anxiety, Chow believes that young...
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According to British journalist and African wildlife safari expert Brian Jackman, "Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all." In our second installment of this four-part series, South African photographer Isak Pretorius offers recommendations for top safari camps and discusses the types of wildlife that visitors will likely discover and be able to photograph. Above...
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