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.

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.

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

A Night At A Waterfall

When you get a good night at a photo subject, it makes sense to shoot it in as many ways as possible. That’s especially true for some of the waterfalls that I hike to. When the subject is miles away from the nearest road, it’s not like I can just pop over any time I 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.

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.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Comprehensive Guide For Photographing Star Trails

Star Trails at PARI radio telescope

Some people consider star trail images to be cliché, but I happen to like well-done clichés. I don’t know what it is, but something about those light streaks captures my attention more than most night subjects. But while it’s ridiculously simple to make a star-trail photo, it’s not so easy to make a good one. Read more... you know you want to.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Analyzing Star Trails, Part Three: Color And Intensity

Night Waterfall-Star Trails-Light Painting

In Part One, we explored the curvatures of star trails. Part Two dealt with the length of the trails. Here, we’ll talk about the color of star trails and how to record the most streaks. Why are my star trails different colors? It’s a good question. I mean, shouldn’t the stars all be white, just as 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.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

With Night Photography, What You See Is Not What You Get

A painter is an artist who starts with a blank white canvas. A night photographer is an artist who starts with a blank black canvas. Fireflies and star trails shine in the sky above a cabin in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Night photography is different from shooting in the daytime in many ways. Of course, the Read more... you know you want to.