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How to light photographs underwater


10.25.2018 Tech

Stephen Frink, one of the world’s most-published underwater photographers, freely shares the No. 1 tip he gives students who want to raise their work to a higher professional level: “The key to making a great underwater photograph is good lighting.”Water is denser than air, and it absorbs color very quickly. Because color is lost the deeper you go, high-quality lighting is paramount. Ambient light is insufficient and straight-on lighting is too bright. Any snorkeler weilding a... Continue Reading >

In deep and up close: Underwater photographer Stephen Frink


November 2018 issue Profiles

Holding onto success despite changing tides As he sips a cup of coffee in a Starbucks near his Key Largo studio in the Florida Keys, veteran underwater photographer Stephen Frink doesn’t pause for a second when asked to name the most important requirement for a great underwater photograph.“That’s easy,” says the 69-year-old Frink, whom many publications have called the world’s most widely published underwater photographer. “It’s proximity.”Frink is on a roll. After taking... Continue Reading >

How a pro dancer became a pro dance photographer


July 2018 issue Profiles

Their relationship was barely an hour old when, mistrust simmering beneath cordiality, one woman urged another to run into a busy New York City street and dance. The request itself wasn’t at issue. Melika Dez was photographing Akua Noni Parker, an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company member, and Dez wanted Parker on a crosswalk in front of stopped traffic, where she would have to contend only with coffee-carrying pedestrians and the time limit of the Walk/Don’t Walk signal. Parker’s... Continue Reading >

Dream job: Sailing race photographer


July 2018 issue Business

Sea ChaseCompetitive sailing is a rare photography niche, but for Sharon Green, who grew up sailing on Lake Ontario in Canada, it fits like a glove.Green’s father sailed around the world when he was a young man and passed along his love of the sport to Green, who sailed competitively in her early teens. In high school, she became interested in photography, attending a summer program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity led by an Ansel Adams protégé. Soon after, she trained her... Continue Reading >

A project with legs: Levon Biss’ larger-than-life bug portraits


April 2018 issue Profiles

It was a ground beetle. Levon Biss’ son Sebastian brought the ordinary bug in from the garden on a spring day, and Biss placed it under Sebastian’s microscope. “There was nothing special about this insect,” explained Biss in his 2017 TED Talk. “It’s a common species.” And yet, under the microscope, its glowing green back looked gorgeously speckled as if with stars. “When I first saw it, it reminded me of a galaxy,” Biss says. “And all the time, this had just been outside our... Continue Reading >

Performing arts photography can be a lucrative sideline


April 2018 issue Business

Add $50K or more to your bottom line© Terry Bateman Photographer Terry Bateman“Once you’ve been involved in performing arts, it gets in your blood,” says Terry Bateman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, a veteran of performing arts and music programs in his school days. “It’s something that stays with you, becomes part of you.”In 1979, Bateman was able to translate his affinity for the performing arts into a budding photography career when a local lab hired him to photograph some nearby... Continue Reading >

Liquid canvas: Steffen Binke’s underwater portrait photography


March 2018 issue Profiles

What does underwater portrait photographer Steffen Binke hope to produce when he clicks his shutter? “Art,” he says, and then—without skipping a beat—notes that he’s not being boastful. “I’m not interested in merely producing images,” he says from his Queensland, Australia, home studio with spacious in-ground swimming pool. “I want to produce artistic portraits that could just as well hang in an art gallery as on the walls of my clients’ homes.”Steffen Binke © Steffen... Continue Reading >

How Joshua Holko became a polar wildlife photographer


March 2018 issue Business

When Melbourne, Australia-based photographer Joshua Holko packs for a trip, he doesn’t go light. Battery-powered socks and heated boots, emergency beacons, satellite phones, multiple cameras with lenses ranging from wide-angle to 600mm—the gear bag gets heavy in a hurry. And it’s all necessary for one of the world’s leading polar photographers to do his job in some of the earth’s most extreme environments.© Joshua HolkoThe inspiration for this specialty came as Holko was... Continue Reading >

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 >
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