Dead-lifting the GoPro Hero 4 Silver

Kenneth M. Ruggiano’s work has appeared in ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Hollywood Reporter and Golf Digest. Recently, he tackled a project that required some unique solutions and some very lightweight gear. Find out his outside-the-box solution for mounting a camera to an Olympic-style crossbar.

Product Photography – The Basics

Product and fashion photographer June Kim has a tailor-made way about crafting images for her clients. Here, she outlines her workflow for product shoots by detailing her equipment choices and demonstrating how to successfully light a tabletop setup, plus how to create a seamless browsing experience for potential consumers.

The Sun: A Photographer’s Ultimate Lighting Source

We all know that without light there isn’t going to be a photograph. There are many different qualities of light and different directions to light, all of which can be accessed with the sun as our source. Every photographer strives to create imagery with the most dramatic and vivid light. This occurs naturally near sunrise and sunset but many of us forget about additional aspects of the sun that we can use to our advantage.

3 Major Graduation Shooting Tips: Metering, Exposure Compensation, and Focusing

Graduation ceremonies can be extremely difficult to cover. You are either shooting in dark stadiums or out on football fields in midday sun. There are gobs of people but only 1 star you care about – and they are being pulled in a million directions by teachers and classmates. You won’t get second chances on most shots so here are 3 quick lessons you must learn (or reacquaint yourself with) before the big day.

BL Spotlight with Graphic Designer and Photographer Joshua Fortuna

Triple threat graphic designer, photographer, and videographer Joshua Fortuna has created quite the Instagram following over the past few years for his unique combination of mediums. His hand-drawn designs atop common objects, such as his daily consumption of coffee and lay-flat camera equipment, has kept his followers engaged and showing their appreciation of his identifiable design aesthetic.

NAB Giveaway Winners Announced

We’re giving away a ton of brand new gear this year! At Imaging USA, we gave away a Fuji X-A2 and at WPPI we gave away the choice of a Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D810, or Sony a7SII. Now, we’re giving away a new DJI Osmo 4K Handheld Camera!

See the Stars Anew: Settings & Tips for Sparkling Night Photos

Night photography has special benefits. You can keep shooting throughout the winter or keep up with your hobby without having to give up daytime work or other chores. Night photography also has its own special challenges. If you’re feeling a little in the dark about where to start, here are the most essential gear tips and settings to start the evening off right.

Small Subjects with Big Impact: 5 Photography Techniques for Better Kid Portraits

See how easily you can get memorable kid portraits with these 5 shooting techniques that are approachable enough for beginners while also being stimulating practice for seasoned photographers. These techniques can be applied to any photography style and they will help grow your skills no matter where you are starting from.

WPPI Giveaway Winners Announced

We’re giving away a ton of brand new gear this year! At Imaging USA, we gave away a Fuji X-A2 and at NAB, we’ll be giving away a new DJI Osmo 4K Handheld Camera. Thousands visited us in our booth at WPPI this year in Las Vegas. They got some free gifts and discounts but only 1 gets to win the grand prize of their choice of a new Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D810, or Sony a7SII.

BL Spotlight with Sports Portraiture Photographer Alexis Cuarezma

Sports and fitness photographer Alexis Cuarezma has been on a roll these past few years after landing high-profile clients such as Sports Illustrated, HBO Sports, and Nike, while also creating inspired personal projects. His unique style has taken years to formulate and we were lucky to have him share a sneak peek into how he chooses what gear to shoot with depending on the project.

Aim High with Easy Night Photography Tips for Beginners

Thanks to modern camera gear, the time has never been better for capturing night sky images, or “astrophotography”. It takes a little more than just pointing your lens upward, however. There are a few tricks to creating an unforgettable night under the stars. Here is what you need to know to get started.

Easy Lighting Laws to Boost Shooting Performance

For seasoned photographers, lighting becomes an instinct as much as a skill. But beginners are often flailing – placing their lights in different spots and getting wildly different results, becoming frustrated in the process. The following is a list of lighting laws to help you navigate the sometimes unpredictable lighting world. Knowing these basic laws will calm you down when things aren’t going your way and will also produce more consistent results.

New DSLR Owners: What You Must Know About Full Frame vs Crop Frame Sensors Before Choosing a Lens

If you’re unhappy with the lens you have (or don’t have one at all) and you don’t know what you should use, find guidance in my straightforward suggestions below for new Canon and Nikon DSLR shooters. You must be equipped with this knowledge because not all lenses work as intended on all DSLRs, even within the same brand.

Photography Notes from Nepal

Rebecca Gaal embarked on a one-month endeavor with a band of committed volunteers into the most remote regions of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau. Find out how Gaal prepared to document the challenging humanitarian relief effort and what gear she chose to bring along to some of the highest inhabited villages on earth.

Imaging New Camera Winner + Upcoming Shows & Prizes

We’re giving away a ton of brand new gear this year. Be sure to visit our booth at WPPI this year to win cameras (like a 5D Mark III or a Sony a7S II), plus other great prizes. Thousands visited us in our booth at Imaging USA this year in Atlanta, Georgia. They got some free gifts and discounts but only 1 gets to win the grand prize of a Fuji X-A2 Mirrorless Camera with 16-50mm Lens!

Field Report: Sony a7S II S-Log2 vs S-Log3 Test

The Sony a7SII has a couple of neat features that make it a worthy upgrade over its predecessor. It still has the same class-leading low-light performance but adds in-camera 4K recording and a new S-Log3 shooting mode – something that’s typically found on Sony’s more expensive video cameras. This clearly makes the Mark II version of the a7S as a very video-centric ILC, so we took it out to see just how different the S-Log3 mode was from the S-Log2.

Color Grading Made Eas(ier) with FilmConvert

The field of film emulation software has some pretty well-established players in both the video and stills worlds. On the still photography side, there’s Google’s Nik Collection software, VSCO’s Film Series of plugins, and a variety of others. On the video side, however, things are… somewhat more complex (as all things video generally are).

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