Colin Butler took this photograph around midday, with the sun poking through the clouds to create a dramatic contrast between the light on the castle and the dark clouds behind. Although the ‘before’ image looks rather overexposed, this is rarely a bad thing if you are shooting raw, and you can be confident the increased exposure will not result in any of the highlight detail becoming clipped. In fact, such overexposed raw images will contain a greater amount of tone detail for you to edit with at the raw processing stage. In this example,
By combining a high-ISO setting with a long exposure, Ivan was able to capture more detail in the starry sky than one would see normally, and the Milky Way is clearly visible on the right.
More than that, however, he has included a lot of interesting detail in the foreground, which really makes this photograph stand out. He has chosen a great location to shoot from and the young man in the foreground adds a human dimension to the scene. The backlighting adds drama, too, but when I looked at the photo close-up
Wherever you go in the world on your travels this year, great photographs are there for the taking. Producing high quality images can be tricky but also hugely rewarding.
Not too long ago, the thought of taking a camel ride through the Sahara desert, or trekking to the ruins of Machu Picchu, remained a mere pipe dream for most of us. But in the last decade or so the world really has opened up, and travel of the most exotic or adventurous kind is readily available to almost everyone.
Using fast shutter speeds with flash for creative images.
You never stop learning in this business. As photographers, we spend years mastering our craft, and just when we think we get it, new technology is introduced, and we're propelled into a steep learning curve. New technology also opens up opportunities that were impossible the week before. And some advances in technology radically change a photographer's workflow. When high-speed sync l ash was introduced, my photography technique changed forever.
Capture portraits that convey meaning without focusing on the face
There's a story behind every faceless portrait. It lures you in with bits and pieces that make up the whole. These are the details that anchor story to image -- the relationship between two humans and the way their hands clasp, the femininity found in fabric or how the wind catches a hemline at 7 p.m. on a hot August afternoon.
Capturing the Olympics is almost as intense as competing in them. Sports photography master and games veteran Ezra Shaw tells us what it's like to be in the center of it all--and win.
Fom the America's Cup to the Super Bowl, Getty Images Sports Photographer Ezra Shaw has covered the world's biggest sports. But he considers the Olympic Games to be the most challenging of all. “There are so many kinds of events to prepare for,” says Shaw, who has worked with Getty Images for 18 years.
Combine age-old techniques for a face with character
When it comes to portrait lighting, here's a sure bet: Merge the power of two classic formulas, Rembrandt and window lighting, as the German portrait and fine-art photographer Andreas Jorns did here. Rembrandt lighting (named after the Dutch master whose portraits epitomize the style) is prized for its ability to bring out facial modeling. See how its adjacent shadow pops the model's nose forward?