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Perseverance is the Key to More Powerful Photography

Les Picker is a professional landscape, wildlife and award-winning travel photographer, and a Moab Master photographer for Moab Fine Art Papers. This month, we are going behind the lens with Picker as he tells the story of finding the perfect shot in the Alaskan wilderness.  I captured this image in Alaska, but the back story of how I got this image is what I think will be of interest to photographers. Moral of this story: perseverance matters. I was in Canada’s Yukon …

How To Tighten the Shot to Heighten the Drama

How would you like to significantly increase the dramatic impact of your photography? If there is one photographic technique that can put your images on steroids, it’s shooting tight. By shooting tight, I’m referring to zooming in on your subject so that you remove distracting elements and instead highlight its most salient feature(s). Take the elephant image below as an example. I shot it on one of the photo trips I led. In and of itself the photo is ‘okay.’ …

How Mastering Light is the Key to Powerful Portrait Photography

Photography is nothing without light, yet pushing ourselves to use it to our advantage is one of the most daunting tasks for beginners and professionals alike. Too often we play it safe by shooting portraits in the shade or on overcast days to avoid the dreaded shadows of high noon, and we shun at the mention of speedlights and flash. However, are we doing ourselves justice as artists when were not embracing new challenges at every opportunity and capping our creativity with only what were comfortable with? “Light is everything.  I can’t put …

A Look Behind the Lens in the Yukon

  There are some shots one never forgets. For me, this shot is one of them. I was traveling through Canada’s Dempster Highway, a narrow, gravel ribbon of road that stretches from Dawson City, Yukon Territory to Inuvik, Northwest Territories and then extends into Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean. On this September day, it had been overcast almost all day, by the late afternoon storm clouds had started to roll in. The sub-arctic mountains act as wind tunnels when storms begin to approach. In …

10 Great Tips on How To Photograph People of Other Cultures

One of the most satisfying aspects of traveling is meeting people from different cultures. Yet, if you asked professional photographers what subject matter is most difficult to capture, most would say people. I’m not speaking of staged professional portraits here. I’m referring to amateur travel photographers who want to capture the essence of the cultures they visit – that is, their people. As a professional landscape, wildlife and travel photographer, I’m often asked to share some tips about how to …

10 Helpful Ways To Take Photos With Your Pets

Pets are not just pets, they are family. So why leave them out when you’re taking photos? You may think that having your pet around for pictures can be tiring, a disaster or just too much to handle. Luckily, there are ways to avoid these issues! Here are 10 helpful ways you can incorporate your furry friend in your photos: 1. Wear them out  Before you start shooting, let your pet run around and use most of their energy. A tired dog is much easier …