Dramatic Dusk Shots: How To Create Them

Shooting photos at dusk can be tricky, but understanding a few things about lighting will give your images depth and a 3-dimensional quality.

The main goal is to bring the brightness of your subjects in the foreground close to the brightness of the background. This is best accomplished by using a dedicated strobe, since they are able to output high-level light from a small, portable package.

Step 1: Set Your Background Exposure.

It’s best to use the manual exposure settings on your camera because any auto modes will attempt to balance the lightest and darkest areas of the image. Meter off the brighter part of the scene and leave the shutter set. Start with an ISO of 400.

Step 2: Add light to your subjects.

Today’s dedicated strobes deliver accurate exposures when using their E-TTL (through the lens) auto-metering mode. In this mode, dedicated strobes are designed to flash enough light for your given aperture …

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The W100K Bike Ride: Combining Passions for a Greater Cause

My introduction to photography came from a cycling and photography class in sixth grade. Both have been a constant in my life since then. Most recently, I had the honor to combine both to share moments of the W100K bike ride, hosted by President George W. Bush.

The W100K highlights the bravery and sacrifice of warriors wounded in the global war on terror, as well as organizations that have made continuing commitments to support America’s heroes. The ride is 100 kilometers (62 miles) and is spread over three days in the Spring and takes place at different state parks in Texas.

I served as Deputy Director of Photography for the White House Photo Office from 2001 to 2007. A mutual love of mountain biking created a close bond between President Bush and me when we started riding together in 2004. After leaving office, the President asked me to contribute my time and talents …

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Lessons Learned from a Photographer Planning his own Wedding

New Orleans by Paul Morse

Planning our wedding has been intense, fun, and quite a learning lesson. The experience gave me a much different perspective on what new clients see while searching for photographers and other professionals who make their wedding day special.

The First Impression

At the beginning of our planning process we met with the general manager of the venue where we wanted to host our wedding. We looked through their display albums out of curiosity and for decor ideas. There was strong work by local photographers, but surprisingly none of the albums had contact information for the photographers printed inside! The albums had the photographer’s name, but no phone number, email address or website.

The ‘A List’ and the ‘Black List’

After settling on the venue, we asked the general manager for recommendations for bands and florists. She presented us with an extensive list of people she had a positive experience working with. It was golden! …

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