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A primer for deep space photography


January 2018 issue News

It takes more than 100 captures to create one deep-space image, says Chris Garner, Cr.Photog., CPP, whose astrophotography unmasks the hidden colors, shapes, and mysteries of deep-space star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies not decipherable to the naked eye.Photographing these celestial targets requires multiple, precise, long captures, he explains. Garner uses an older Canon 5D Mark II paired with either a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens or an Orion 80mm refractor telescope (480mm, f/6 quivalent). This... Continue Reading >

The drama of theater photography


June 2017 issue Profiles

"Theater magic” is a well-worn phrase. William Shakespeare linked theater and illusion in his plays “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (with fairies) and “The Tempest” (with a sorcerer). It applies to what audiences feel at productions as diverse as high school drama club plays and Broadway musicals. And it spurs theater practitioners through the hard work, long hours, and years of study required to be part of such illusion. It also motivates the photographers who capture still images of... Continue Reading >

Business tips: Put strategy behind your passion


4.21.2017 Business

Because it’s not enough to love what you doDo what you love and money will follow. Who hasn’t heard that heartfelt but incomplete advice? Pro photographer Suzanne Deaton, M.Photog., notes that without a strategy behind the passion, you’re just hoping to earn a living instead of planning on it.Deaton offers some advice to fellow photographers looking to follow their joy and pay the bills:© Suzanne DeatonGet educated. “Earning my master of photography from PPA was the best... Continue Reading >

How to dominate your photographic specialty


March 2017 issue Business

When agricultural photographer Todd Klassy launched his business in 2010, he did so with two underlying objectives that helped him quickly establish himself as one of the most successful photographers in his market:1. Own his niche 2. Own his locationSure, that sounds great, but how does one accomplish these dual goals? Klassy breaks down a few more specific suggestions to help you carve out your own successful corner of the photographic landscape, and then establish yourself as the... Continue Reading >

Owning his niche: Todd Klassy’s agricultural photography


March 2017 issue Profiles

When Todd Klassy was 9 years old, his father was badly injured in a tractor accident while working on the family farm. He spent months laid up and recovering from his injuries. Devastated emotionally and financially, the family wasn’t sure how they’d get through the upcoming harvest. What happened next was like a scene out of a feel-good TV commercial. At harvest time, all the farmers in the county showed up with equipment to help pick corn. Women arrived with plates of food, and the... Continue Reading >

Weddings with a Rocky view


February 2017 issue Profiles

Darren Roberts is miles from where he started—and sometimes miles from anywhere. That’s entirely the point.Roberts, an erstwhile neuroscience student, was on the brink of a career in dentistry when he had a change of heart. “I just didn’t think I’d enjoy it,” he says. So he pulled up his roots in Saskatchewan, Canada, and relocated to Calgary, on the edge of the picturesque Canadian Rockies.Roberts enrolled in photography school, which had a heavy commercial focus. From the... Continue Reading >

Golden Hour


June 2016 issue Profiles

Kansas Pitts bottles beach vacation joyThe beach is a popular place for families to gather for their annual vacation. And Kansas Pitts, who’s based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, has seen more than her share of them, happily. Her studio, which sees return clients from throughout the Southeast each year, thrives on these sun-soaked vacationers.When she started out, Pitts planned to focus on newborn photography, signing up for workshops to learn more about that niche. In the meantime, she... Continue Reading >

Rock on


May 2016 issue Profiles

Michael Clark's career on the precipiceNot many people can say they’ve fallen into quicksand. Michael Clark can. “I’ve nearly died several times,” laughs the veteran adventure sports photographer, ticking off his near death experiences: “caught in an avalanche, hit by a beach-ball-sized falling rock, hit by a car on my road bike while training. There are all kinds of exciting days where photography has been the least of my worries.”The worst, though, was the frayed rope day.... Continue Reading >

Driving sales


April 2016 issue Profiles

Alison Miniter’s successful sidelineAfter a long hiatus from professional photography, Alison Miniter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, wanted back in the game. Having attended photography school in the 1980s, she worked in photography for a number of years before leaving her career to raise her children. By the mid-2000s, with four kids who no longer needed her full-time attention, Miniter was ready to return. But how? And in what capacity? As often happens, personal and professional interests combined... Continue Reading >
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