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Lynne Eodice Posted: Apr 01, 2005 1 comments

All photos by Eric Dusenbery

A tobacco farmer, a beekeeper, and a theme park belle are among the many occupations documented by photographer Eric Dusenbery in a personal project entitled, "Business As Usual."

What started out as a project to photograph 30 Floridians over the course of 30 working days has become a major undertaking to capture the...

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Lynne Eodice Posted: Sep 01, 2004 11 comments

Professor Kenneth Kobré--who teaches photojournalism at San Francisco State University--advises those who are interested in pursuing a career in news photography to "First master your camera, flash and the rest of your equipment."
He suggests that students attend a community college or university with a good photojournalism program: "Each...

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Lynne Eodice Posted: Sep 01, 2003 0 comments

Shooting a self-portrait is a challenging task, but can be very rewarding. The one person that most photographers probably photograph least is themselves, and this is true even with those who enjoy shooting portraits of others. However, taking self-portraits has several advantages: you'll always have a willing subject...
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Lynne Eodice Posted: Apr 01, 2003 1 comments

It's fun to take pictures of our friends and loved ones having a good time. The trick is to have your camera ready—a point-and-shoot camera is ideal for this—and to be quick and spontaneous. Taking pictures of people at play means that you must be prepared to grab some fleeting moments on...
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Lynne Eodice Posted: Nov 01, 2003 1 comments

As with an environmental portrait, you can capture revealing images of people by photographing them at work. The idea is to not only portray the individual, but to show what a person does with his/her life. Most occupations have distinctive tools, clothing, or settings that can be interesting to photograph. Some people who would...
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The Editors Posted: Feb 01, 2004 29 comments

People are among the most popular photo subjects. This month's lesson presents some easy ways to produce better people shots.

1. Don't Just Sit There...
Static portraits—with the subject just slouched there, or stiffly posed, are not terribly appealing. It generally pays to play director as well as photographer when you're photographing people.
Lynne Eodice Posted: Feb 01, 2005 1 comments

Robert Farber is renowned for his painterly images. Throughout the years, he's carved a niche with his romantic, illustrative approach to photographing nudes, landscapes and a variety of other subjects that have been featured in books like By The Sea and Farber Nudes.

He's continued this tradition with a new book, entitled American Mood...

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Lynne Eodice Posted: Jul 01, 2004 1 comments

In his day, Father Ambrose Mattingly ministered to the Native Americans in the northern Great Plains, and had a small photography studio in South Dakota near the mission at Village Stephan. From 1895--1905, this Benedictine monk took pictures of various tribes in his studio and at several South Dakota Indian reservations, including...

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Lynne Eodice Posted: Jul 01, 2005 1 comments

Parades and other ceremonies are exciting and colorful, and always offer fun photo opportunities. If you enjoy photographing such events, they're worth going to some effort to locate. Some of the most famous of these include the Rose Parade, held in Pasadena on New Year's Day, and the Macy's Day Parade, held in New York on Thanksgiving. These annual events draw...

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Lynne Eodice Posted: Mar 01, 2005 8 comments

All Photos © Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Simple yet revealing, his portraits are direct and get right to the heart of the subject. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders prefers to strip away pretentiousness when portraying political figures, entertainers, artists, musicians and other intriguing personalities. His backdrops never distract from the subject, and he often uses a...

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Lynne Eodice Posted: Dec 01, 2004 1 comments

With Honda and Acura as major clients, having an automobile in his large cove studio is a frequent occurrence for photographer Jerry Garns. He's been shooting for American Honda Corporation since the late '80s, and his intricately lit detail shots of auto interiors and exteriors appear in the company's brochures, sales manuals, and on Acura's Website. And...

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Lynne Eodice Posted: Sep 01, 2004 1 comments

All photos by Mark Garten

As a third-generation shutterbug in his family, Mark Garten found his passion for photography in high gear by the early age of seven: "My father and grandfather were pharmacists by trade, but both were camera buffs."

In college, he attended the University of Michigan, where he started out as an engineering...

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