The Zombie Guide to Photographing Halloween

It's best to keep the camera with you at all times in the days leading up to Halloween. You never know when something ghoulish will appear. Of course the truly weird and bizarre subjects may not make themselves immediately known. Expand your search beyond your local haunts to increase your opportunities. This type of persistence should come easy to zombies. As author Mira Grant wrote in Countdown, "There is nothing so patient, in this world or any other, as a virus searching for a host". Happy haunting! Read the full tutorial here. 

Turtle in the Dark

When shooting in extremely dark areas, don't hesitate to crank up your ISO. This turtle was captured at ISO 12,800, photographed through a glass tank at the Bronx Zoo.

Snow Leopard Cubs, Bronx Zoo

According to a nearby sign, the exhibit was to be closed for the day. Several visitors grumbled before moving on hastily. I was about to do the same, but I noticed something move behind the glass. 

With the Canon 6D and 70-200mm lens at f2.8 I was able to photograph the curious cubs. They were born in May, making them just over 4 months old. 

Learn more about how these amazing creatures ended up in the Bronx.

For more tips on how to make your zoo photography look wild, check out my tutorial.



Back to Basics: The Many Benefits of Shooting with a Prime Lens

There's no denying the convenience of a zoom lens, but there is a trade off most photographers won't admit. They make us lazy. Instead of walking around to find the best vantage point, we stay grounded in one spot. This often results in the last thing any of us want, unoriginal compositions. In this piece, I'd like to share an exercise to break free of these constraints. Read the full tutorial here

Everything Else is Black

I've visualized this type of shot for a while but haven't been able to capture it until now. The idea was to show just a sliver of sunlight on a subject while everything else remained in deep shadow. To accentuate this, I underexposed the areas in the shade, rendering it near black. I then converted the shot to B&W in Lightroom and added a bit of contrast. 

For more ideas on what kinds of images work best in black and white, check my tutorial here.  

Let the Motion Show

Showing the motion of your subject can be more effective than freezing it. At 1/6th of a second, we see a lively field of grasses swaying to the ocean breeze.

This is a much more interesting image than a traditional capture with a fast shutter speed of 1/125.

For more ideas of how to use a slow shutter speed for creative exposures, check my article here