10 Tips for Shooting Family Events

Whether you’re the family historian, a tech aficionado bestowed with the camera, or simply looking for intentional practice in the comfort of a gathering, here’s a list of tips that will help you make images you’re proud to share with your friends family – images that tell the story of your event rather then just snapshots of it.

Getting Started In Skateboard Photography: An Interview with Kyle Seidler

Kyle Seidler is a skateboard photographer based in the Long Beach, CA. His works can be seen in Thrasher and Transworld Skateboarding. Currently, he’s a staff photographer for Sole Technology which is a collection of skate brands such as Etnies, Emerica, Altamont, and éS. He also stays busy as a freelancer, traveling with brands and working with magazines pitching articles. We sat down with Kyle to talk about his work, his process, and what it takes to break into the competitive skateboarding community.

The 9 Best Cameras for Low Light Photography

The more challenging the shooting environment, the better the camera needs to be. Photography is all about capturing light and situations with very little light can provide a challenge for even the best of cameras. Here is some info on what makes a good low light camera and some recommendations for the best ones on the market.

The Importance of Making Art for Yourself

Arts-based community programs have a profound effect on productivity and embarking on personal projects improve creative quality of life. Discover the importance of a making art for yourself through the inspirational work of Michael Paul Smith.

The 12 Best Cameras for Travel in 2017

When it comes to choosing a camera for travel photography there are some important factors to consider. Camera options are as varied as the types of photographers out there, so it helps to know what you are looking for. Here are some of our recommendations.

How to Shoot Great Cityscapes at Night

When the lights go down in the city, magic happens! How do you harness the incredible low-light capabilities of today’s DSLR cameras to create stunning urban nightscapes? With a solid combination of technical knowledge, gear, planning, and imagination, you can create incredible images in any city. Here’re some tips to get you started.

How to Set Up a Video Booth

Do something a little different for your next party or event. Many go straight to setting up a photo booth but why not a video booth? Video might seem more complicated and expensive but we’ll show you just how easy it can be and the results will wow your guests.

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