Saturday, January 21st, 2017

A Different Way To Photograph A Gate

Entrance gate at night

For a commercial assignment I recently worked on, the client asked for a specific shot of the gate at the entrance to their estate. I had already submitted several shots of the gate, but it was open in all of them. The client asked for a shot with the gate closed, so it would show Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

An Impassioned Plea For Art’s Sake

Venus and car light streaks

Hello, my name is Kevin Adams, and I’m addicted to layers. There, I said it. Yes, I use Photoshop. And Photoshop layers. I even—gasp—shoot and stack multiple exposures for some of my images. Now that I’ve admitted committing such a crime, I don’t expect anyone to look at my images ever again without suspicion. How could Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, December 19th, 2014

How To Carry Gel Filters For Quick Selection And Access

Digital After Dark Flash Pack

Q: What does every piece of photo gear you own have in common? A: You gotta carry it in SOMETHING. (Yes, I know. This is a 2,300-word article about how to carry little colored pieces of plastic. At least I have accepted that I have a problem. Maybe now I can get some help. Anyone want to Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Wonderful World Of Camera Flash, Flashlights, And Gel Filters

Light painted waterfall

You’re going to have to humor me with this one, folks. I tend to get a little carried away with gel filters. There’s something about all those colors that makes me all tingly inside. For those of you who just want the CliffsNotes version, here you go (Drew Eschbacher, this is for you): Gel filter make photo Read more... you know you want to.

Friday, August 29th, 2014

North Carolina Waterfalls Facebook Page

Light painting at waterfall

As some of you know, I am presently working on a complete revision to my North Carolina Waterfalls book. The new edition will contain some 800 waterfalls and will have color photos throughout. (What a concept—color photos!) The new book won’t be out until fall of next year, but in the meantime, I am sharing my Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Hillsides For Light Painting

Light painting along switchback trail

Shining lights into the lens to create shapes or spell out words is a great way to create dramatic images. And it’s fun! However, you need to pick your shooting locations carefully and design your light paintings based on them. For example, if you’re shooting on level ground, it will be difficult to do light paintings Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Go With The Flow When Light Painting

If the siding on your house were vertical, would you paint it using horizontal strokes? No, of course not. You would follow the flow of whatever you were painting, or else you’d end up with a blotchy mess. It works the same with light painting when using a flashlight. Think of your flashlight as a Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Cabin Fever

Light Painted House-Milky Way-Smokies

Man, I sure do love photographing old houses and cabins under the night sky. The only thing I like better is shooting waterfalls at night. But just any old structure won’t work. Strange as it may sound, there are very specific requirements for what makes a good cabin shot. These are the features I look for, Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Twirling Fire & Whimsy

Steel wool light painting

Just got back from my Night Photography in the Smokies Photo Tour, where I had a terrific weekend with an enthusiastic and talented group of photographers. Here’s a shot by Latta Johnston of me doing a little steel-wool light painting for the group. The light painting inspired another participant, Chuck Dayton, to pen the following limerick: Kevin’s Smoky Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Waterfalls at Night

Waterfall at night

Here are a couple waterfall shots I took recently. I’m just about to wrap up my new eBook about photographing waterfalls at night and this will be one of the book’s examples. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the sky looks the same in both shots. That’s because the sky is the same in both Read more... you know you want to.