• Ask Yourself These 10 Questions Before Starting A Career In Photography

    If you want to become a professional photographer, you can simply join one of the online photography classes and sharpen your skills to be able to capture the shots like a pro. But, before joining one of the online photography schools, it's imperative that you introspect yourself. Ask yourself the following 10 questions Am I obsessed with clicking pictures? This is the first and foremost question that you should ask yourself. In order to become successful in a particular field, it's important to evaluate that whether you...

  • Capturing Dissent to the "New World Disorder"

    Election of U.S. President Donald Trump has done more than cause rumblings among politicians and governments worldwide, it's sparked public reaction in the streets of New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and numerous other cities and towns throughout America. Nations abroad from London, to Berlin, and even Moscow have publically expressed disapproval of the Trump regime, by taking to their feet. Marches, peaceful demonstrations, citizens brandishing banners and shouldering signs of outrage, have become almost weekly events in the past weeks.  For photographers - amateurs as...

  • The Eyes Have It

    Ever take notice as to how your eyes scan a photograph? To what element do they go first and how long do they stay there?  What’s the next stop and where do they go from there? Knowing the “path” of all of this has as much to do with the message you receive as the viewer of a particular image, as it does with how you compose the next photograph you yourself make. Randomly arranged “snap-shots” aside, “Photographs” possess intentional elements of design. Subject, background and the...

  • Layer Your Compositions for Greater Interest and Impact

    When we all started out taking pictures, we were pretty much just taking "snapshots."  Point the camera at something or someone of interest and press the shutter button, was all there was to it.  Done!  How good we were with a camera was measured by how accurately we positioned the subject of importance - usually dead-smack in the middle of the frame. Then the so-called “Rule of Thirds,” became our revelation, as we imagined our viewfinder divided horizontally and vertically into thirds. All we had to...

  • Timeless Black and White Photography with Photographer Memphis Barbree

    Many of us remember falling in love with black-and-white film and spending days and nights in the darkroom. When digital photography started to evolve, many photographers who had worked primarily in black-and-white, were dazzled with the ease with which they could now create in full color. Fortunately, black-and-white photography never disappeared; rather it had to be reinvented from scratch to reach the beauty it had during its life in the analog/film era. Now it has come full circle. So what is it about black-and-white imagery that...

  • 50mm Lens Prime-Time Revival

    If you been into photography for a while, chances are the first lens you owned was a 50mm prime. My first slr came with one - an f1.8 on the front of a Minolta SRT 101. It was the only lens I owned for years and I put it to work for everything - sports, people and landscapes. It's what got me started, back in high school days. A lot of kit, brand flip-flops and thousands of images later I, like many amateurs and professionals, allowed...

  • Current Trends and Realities in Fine Arts Photography

    Not so long ago, the Holy Grail for gaining recognition as a fine arts photographer was the gallery route. The practical reality, however, is that exhibits require making prints, matting and framing: all very expensive especially when there is no guarantee for a sale. To share her views and experience on the subject, we turn once again to fine arts photographer and TCI instructor, Gina Genis.     (TCI)  How do you feel about the current importance of galleries and are there other more cost effective...

  • Jump Into A Portfolio Review And Come Away Inspired

    As with many artistic pursuits, there is only so much one can learn on one's own. Sooner or later a "plateau" is reached, blocking the way forward to the next higher level. Photography is no exception and even the most seasoned of shooters have at some time felt - well, "stagnation." Symptoms? Compositions look all the same, carry little emotion and lean toward "not-so-stunning." From the photographer's side of the viewfinder, there often doesn't seem to be a way out. And no matter how intense the...

  • GMB Akash - Compassion with a Camera

    “I am on an endless journey…to find a real world of humanity. This thirst is eternal. I will keep walking, touching every face I drop through my lens. I will show the world those unknown stories of suffering. If a single hand comes to give them shade, that is the real honor of my sweat” GMB Akash     GMB Akash:: Riding the Trains   Passion and compassion play a huge role in the life, work and teaching of Bangladeshi photographer, GMB Akash.  In 1996, he...

  • In a Model's Eye

    For writers, advice is usually to write about that which one is most familiar.  Photographers are frequently encouraged to focus on subjects they feel most passionate about.  So when The Compelling Image, amongst premier photography schools online, went in search of "That Person" to design and instruct a model and fashion photography course online, we considered all such advice and went straight to the source  - the modelling industry.  And it wasn't long before we'd found just who we were looking for - Allana Wesley White, former top-model-turned-top-model...

  • Photography for a Rainy Day

    Rainy day walks aren’t for everyone.  Particularly if you’re a photographer, grey skies and wet, sloppy sidewalks aren’t something that spark the imagination.  Time to leave the camera at home - right? That’s, of course, one way to look at it.  But think back to when you were a kid.  Rainy days were full of opportunities - times for adventure and downright having fun!  So toggle back to that time again and give the creative photographer in you a wet-weather “go” at capturing something stunningly different....

  • Travel Photography Tips for Destinations Abroad

    Advice for Capturing Moments that Tell YOUR Travel Story   Be a People Watcher   Once you've developed skill to observe people, without direct stares, you'll multiply your opportunities to capture candid moments.  Develop your ability to "people watch" by visiting popular locations, such as festivals, train stations, markets and the like.  Such places are the easiest to observe people on the move, without standing out as a voyeur.  These kinds of localities are great for getting the "hang" of people watching, without being obvious.  It is here...

  • Photographing Interiors Like a Pro

    Whether showcasing a restaurant or hotel, marketing a house or flat, photographing for an interior designer or simply taking pictures for your home decor blog, interior photography is playing an increasingly important role online and in print.  But today’s audience is sophisticated.  The bar is set high.  It takes a creative blend of camera craft, design and professionalism to catch the viewer’s eye these days.  So here are some tips on just how to do that. Choose Your Kit: Quick “snappies” with a smartphone just don’t...