Making Plant Still Lifes: A Simple Approach

written by: Neil Lipson

Having taken thousands of photos of African Violets and Gesneriads, I have fine-tuned a method of photography for them.  In reality, this approach can also be used for almost any kind of small plant photography, and for many types of other small still-life photography such as jewelry, machine parts, you name it. In this article I will demonstrate using African Violets as the subjects using a simple backdrop set up and on-camera flash. Materials /Gear Used • Black cloth for backdrop • A home made setup using any low profile art work case, such as the Mezzi line of cases Read more »

Lightroom 3 — A Quick Tour

written by: Steve Anchell

Lightroom 3: A Quick Tour While many photographers, myself included, use both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, the only program all photographers need is Lightroom 3.  The reason is that LR will perform the all-important tasks of storing, cataloging, and retrieving images, while providing all of the critical tools necessary for color correcting, retouching, and sharpening an image in order to prepare it for distribution via print, disk, or web. Photoshop is both necessary and desirable for photographers who like to manipulate images.  For example, if you want to create an image of flying fish over New York City, PS is Read more »


Can the Zone System Go Digital?

In a word: YES!
written by: Alan Ross

The Zone System (ZS) can be an integral and important part of any digital photographer’s workflow because it allows you to plan and predict an image’s tonal values rather than letting the camera make the decision. The computerized metering systems in modern cameras are really amazing, and a lot of the time they will give you practical exposures, but in difficult or extreme lighting situations, the scale of the subject’s brightness is simply greater than the camera’s technology can handle. The Zone System: Lets you be aware of whether, or how much, the scene brightness exceeds your camera’s limits Lets Read more »