Positive and Negative Space in Photography

Positive and Negative Space in Photography

A look at the meaning and role of "Positive Space," "Negative Space" and "Copy Space" in photography Those photographing for publications, ad campaigns, or doing stock or any kind of promotional photography might be familiar with the term (or keyword) #copyspace or #spaceforcopy. It simply refers to the negative space in an image. Here's an [...]

…And Other “Action” Imagery

…And Other “Action” Imagery

Photographing people "in action" In a previous post, a few weeks ago, I mentioned "calm imagery." Today, let's look at "action imagery" and not just any kind of action imagery. Let me explain.... When we think of "action shots" or "action photography" usually the images that come to mind might show bikers jumping off cliffs, [...]

On Organizing Image Files

On Organizing Image Files

Organizing image files is something that we don't really do on a daily basis, yet something that, as photographers, we've done over the years, on a more or less consistent basis. Chances are that, over time, our way of thinking about how best to organize image files and folders has also changed. Hence, every once [...]

On Submitting to Photography Shows

On Submitting to Photography Shows

How to Prepare for and Submit to Photography Shows Having your photographs chosen to be part of a group show or being offered your own solo photography show can be a dream come true, a dream that oftentimes takes years to prepare for. But it's much more than that. Being offered that opportunity is one [...]

How to Deal with High-Maintenance Subjects

How to Deal with High-Maintenance Subjects

Dealing with difficult, high-maintenance (human) subjects, as a photographer It doesn't happen often, but every once in a blue moon, I end up having to deal with a difficult, high-maintenance client or (human) subject with a prima-donna attitude. There's no way to avoid that, especially when photographing these subjects for a client; hence, there's no [...]

Blue Hour Photography

Blue Hour Photography

Capturing the Blue Hour(s) of the Day There are only twenty-four hours in a day, but some of those hours are quite special, in particular when it comes to photography. Last week I talked about photographing during the golden hour(s) of the day, capturing the sunrise and sunset. Now, let's look at blue hour photography. [...]

Fresh Start – Organizing Your Image Files

Fresh Start – Organizing Your Image Files

Organizing Your Image Files Have you organized your image files lately? Or your gear? Some might accomplish such tasks at year's end, when things tend to be not so busy, or at the very beginning of the year, before it gets busy. Hence, my using the weekends, at least in part, to go through gear [...]

Color vs Black-and-White

Color vs Black-and-White

Considering converting a color image to black-and-white: the what, when, why, and also how Color or black-and-white? That is the question. So, what is it gonna be? When and why should we consider converting an image, a color image, to black-and-white? Certain visual stories are best told in color, while others in black-and-white. To learn [...]