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Taking the Tetons From “cool” to “Wow!”

In Equipment & Technique, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters by Alec Johnson6 Comments

This past June I was asked to assist in teaching a photography workshop to 5 combat-wounded veterans, most of whom had no previous experience with a digital SLR camera. This workshop was part of a series of programs for combat-wounded veterans run by Honoring Our Veterans (https://www.honorvets.org/), based out of Jackson, WY. The goal of HOV is to improve the quality of life for combat-wounded veterans by offering them activities that strengthen their physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning. “It …

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The Galapagos Islands

In Equipment & Technique, Polarizing Filters by Ronald C ModraLeave a Comment

The Galapagos Islands, an exotic collection of mostly volcanic islands that seem to be stopped in time. They are a destination on most if not all photographers’ bucket lists, they were on mine. So, after shifting into a new phase of my career after spending almost 25 years at Sports Illustrated, when I was presented with the opportunity to travel to the Galapagos to help scout and develop a future photo expedition for Guy Harvey Outpost, I jumped at the chance. Since my …

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JEFF’S CORNER

In Equipment & Technique, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters by Jeff SchultzLeave a Comment

How did I make the image? Many people love hearing the back story to both my thought process and the science behind how I make some of my images, here is the backstory on the making of this image.  This image was shot in late May of 2016, Lupine were plentiful.  This year, there are no lupine in this same place a week later than last year. A lot of snow this year I reckon is slowing down the process. …

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“From Film to Digital – Singh-Ray Filters Have Stood the Test of Time”

In Equipment & Technique, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters by Russ BishopLeave a Comment

Back in the days when I shot film Singh-Ray filters were an indispensable part of my technique that enabled me to control the light, balance dynamic range and give a little extra snap to every image. Fast forward to the digital age and the same still holds true. It’s easy to get caught in the trap of saying “I’ll just fix it in post”, but the truth is filters are every bit as important in the digital age as they were …

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Waterfall Polarizer

In Polarizing Filters, Water Features by Bryan Hansel2 Comments

The Singh-Ray Bryan Hansel Waterfall Polarizer When photographing waterfalls, one of the popular looks is to make the water look silky. On the waterfall workshops I teach, it’s the most sought-after effect to learn. Photographers love the look and being able to achieve the silky look brings a smile to a photographer’s face. The look also changes the emotional impact of your shot. With the silky look, the image feels more peaceful and calming which is one of the emotions …

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Two Must-have Filters for Traveling Photographers

In Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, UV Filters, Water Features by Jay Dickman5 Comments

Travel is becoming harder these days, especially for the globe-trotting photographer.  Packed planes, clients that want you to fly coach, lessening overhead space in addition to many airlines charging for what was once a given on flights, that space over your seat in which to place your gear. Over the past years, I’ve been working on reducing my “footprint” of gear, you can read my blog piece, “Traveling Light” to further explore that idea of minimizing to maximize. Having said …

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Rediscovering My Origins with Singh-Ray Filters in Hand

In City/Urban, Equipment & Technique, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios by E.J. PeikerLeave a Comment

I was born in 1960 in Augsburg, Germany, just 15 years after World War II destroyed significant parts of this historic city. Augsburg’s origins go all the way back to two decades BC. It has survived the Roman Empire, the Dark Ages, Medieval Times, the Crusades, the Renaissance, the Industrial revolution, two devastating World Wars, and now the Technological Revolution. The city’s population is just a bit over a quarter million today, about 60,000 people more than when I lived …

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Creeks and Waterfalls Captured all in Camera

In Equipment & Technique, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, Water Features by Randall J. Hodges3 Comments

I love shooting creek and waterfalls. I love hiking along creeks and rivers listening to the magical sounds of the flowing waters as they drown out the rest of the world leaving me in the moment along the beautiful forest trails of the Pacific Northwest. I do most of this type of shooting in the spring or fall, and I prefer overcast skies for balanced light, giving me awesome colors and crisp white waters. My second choice would be shade …

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Choosing the Right ND Filter

In Black & White, Equipment & Technique, Landscapes, ND Filters, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios by Cole Thompson11 Comments

I assist with the occasional photo workshop (John Barclay Photo Tours) and I am seeing something that bothers me. Participants are coming with a 10-stop ND filter and wanting to do 30-second or longer exposures. There’s always disappointment when they learn this filter will only give them a few seconds. I’m not claiming that I’m an expert, but I do shoot a lot of long exposures and would like to share my thoughts on choosing the right ND filter. This …

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Photographing Wildlife with Filters

In Equipment & Technique, Polarizing Filters, Scenes & Scenarios, UV Filters, Wildlife by Vinny ColucciLeave a Comment

I have a large selection of various Singh-Ray filters.  Filters, to me, are about controlling light. When we think of using filters, most of us are thinking landscape photography. It just so happens that controlling light with filters is equally important when photographing wildlife. I use two filters when photographing wildlife: the Singh-Ray Polarizing Filter and the Hi-Lux Filter. Both have their value in different situations and both are necessary to optimize the image quality. There are two types of …