"Behind the Lens" is a weekly look at photography, written by Journal-World staff photographers. Have an idea for the column? Contact Mike Yoder, photo director, at 832-7141.
- Behind the Lens: Aperture setting can be used to manipulate depth of field
- February 19, 2012
- The typical camera has a control dial on top. Last week I reviewed how setting this dial to “S’ “T” or “Tv”, controls the shutter speed. The other primary controls on this dial are “A” or “Av” for aperture priority, “P” for program, and on some cameras, “M” for manual.
Video: Sandhill Cranes
Behind the Lens - Cloud photography
Clouds have long been an inspiration for photographers and painters. Directing your camera at clouds alone or including them in landscapes can lead to dramatic images.
Behind the Lens - Photographing snowfall
Photographing falling snow against a dark background and with a telephoto lens can help capture the white flakes.
At the turn of the last century, the photographic postcard became a new and inexpensive means of communicating. Photographers could print their own photographs on special postcard-sized paper, write a short message on the other side, and send it through the post.
Behind the Lens - Linear Perspective
This series of photographs illustrates the visual device known as linear perspective. Linear perspective is the impression of depth given by converging parallel lines and changes of subject scale between foreground and background elements.
- Behind the Lens: Books for the shutterbug
- December 15, 2013
- If you’re not that knowledgeable about what photography-related gifts to get your favorite shutterbug, a safe alternative can be books. Here’s a short list of potential stocking-stuffers
- Behind the Lens: ‘Jayhawk Decade’
- October 4, 2013
- Looking through images I’ve made during 359 games has taught me a lesson about being somewhat selective while shooting, but I also learned a little about the importance of meticulous archiving practices.
- Behind the Lens: Know your rights as a photographer
- September 1, 2013
- I’ve been asked recently about photographing people in public places. Should photographers ask permission before taking the photograph?
- When deciding on vacation camera gear, less can be more
- August 18, 2013
- A defenseless feeling creeps over me when I get too far away from my camera gear for too long.
- Behind the Lens: Focusing on fast-moving subjects
- August 4, 2013
- Learning to use auto-focus lock can lead to more control over your point of focus and provide more creative framing techniques.
- Behind the Lens: Tips to limit overexposure
- July 21, 2013
- Simplifying the picture-taking process has led to some common operator errors. Over the next several columns I will address a few of these issues and describe some solutions.
- Behind the Lens: Go with the flow of your photo subject
- July 7, 2013
- To quote a line from the movie “The Truman Show,” “We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.” That’s appropriate for photojournalists.
- Behind the Lens: The long and short of documentary photography
- June 23, 2013
- Recently I had the opportunity to do some documentary photography and spend five months watching a local mechanic build his very own Batmobile.
- Behind the Lens: Framing can turn boring photos into good ones
- June 2, 2013
- Because a photograph can only be a one-dimensional representation of a subject, many photographs tend to look flat and lack dimension and depth. A creative visual device to overcome this problem is to incorporate elements in your scene that fill empty space or add content around your subject.
- Behind the Lens: Website helps teach photography basics
- May 19, 2013
- Camerasim.com explores the mechanics and functions of a digital single-lens camera in a unique way.
- Behind the Lens: Lighting up the night
- May 5, 2013
- A recent train ride gets Mike Yoder thinking about one of his favorite photographers, O. Winston Link, a pioneer of nighttime photography.
- Behind the Lens: ‘Chimping’ a photography faux pas
- April 28, 2013
- Chimping is the aptly named industry term for when a photographer takes a picture and immediately refers to the LCD screen on his or her digital camera for the instant gratification that only it could provide.
- Behind the Lens: The best of times, the worst of times
- April 7, 2013
- In competitions, somebody always wins and somebody always loses, and a photographer documents both.
- Behind the Lens: Great snow photos about finding the right exposure
- March 17, 2013
- I realize we’re probably done with snow for the year, but after talking to people about their recent photographs of snow, I thought I’d offer some tips that can apply to photos taken year-round. By Mike Yoder
- Behind the Lens: Remotes help you be in 2 places at once
- March 3, 2013
- It always seems as though referees pass in front of the photographers right when players like Ben McLemore are milliseconds away from completely “posterizing” a helpless defender. The result is a view of a tremendous play obscured behind the backside of the game official.