"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.
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: Pointy boots and point-and-shoots
- June 26, 2016
- The secret to good photography is comfortable shoes. I left my cowboy boots in my car and donned soft leather hikers to photograph the Flint Hills Rodeo earlier this June.
- Behind the Lens: Over the moon
- October 4, 2015
- My wife doesn’t accompany me on many Journal-World photo assignments. But the moon has been a close friend of hers since she was young, so she joined me to chase the harvest moon and eclipse Sept. 27.
- Behind the Lens: Avoiding the media fashion police in South Korea
- July 5, 2015
- My photography checklist for traveling to South Korea included two camera bodies, three lenses, a laptop, iPhone, a padded floor seat, a pocket point-and-shoot camera and memory cards, including an Eyefi Mobi Pro SD memory card. What I forgot to pack were pastel-colored clothes. What?
- Behind the Lens: Capturing what it means to be human
- June 6, 2015
- A tragic fire at Pet World brings out the best of humanity.
- Behind the Lens: Journal-World drone could offer a different perspective
- May 3, 2015
- Recently, editors at the Lawrence Journal-World approached the photo department about incorporating video and still photographs shot from a drone into our reportage. Initially, the idea was met with some hesitation, in part because of the potential costs. But speaking at least for myself, I also was a bit nervous about crashing the thing and getting blamed for trashing a piece of expensive equipment.
- Behind the Lens: Do photographs always tell the whole story?
- April 4, 2015
- Famous 20th century war photographer Robert Capa said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” The trouble is, it’s not always true.
- Behind the Lens: How to survive a court-storming
- March 1, 2015
- If my calculations are correct, Kansas University men’s basketball opponents are more or less good for about three to four court-stormings a season. I’ve learned a few things about how to protect myself and how to convey the gravity of the moment without getting trampled.
- Behind the Lens: Pooling with the president
- February 1, 2015
- When Journal-World photo chief Mike Yoder told me that we had been offered a position in President Barack Obama’s press pool during his Jan. 22 visit to Lawrence, I believe I channeled Keanu Reeves when I responded, “Whooooooooaaaaa.”
- Behind the Lens: Bring old photos into the digital age
- January 3, 2015
- Have old photographs you’re looking to bring into the digital age? Here’s how to do it yourself.
- Behind the Lens: Gifts for photographers
- December 7, 2014
- For those of you searching out gift ideas for your photographer spouse, friend or for your “selfie,” here are a few stocking-stuffer ideas.
- Behind the Lens: Bad weather can make for good photos
- November 9, 2014
- I’ve been scanning old negatives and slides lately, and I’ve noticed how weather, specifically inclement weather, is an important element in many images.
- Behind the Lens: Journal-World photographer recalls Royals’ 1985 World Series run
- October 21, 2014
- Not long after Journal-World photographer Mike Yoder started work at the newspaper, the photo staff covered the Kansas City Royals in the 1985 playoffs and the World Series. Yoder shares his images and memories from that postseason run.
- Behind the Lens: In pursuit of pelicans
- October 4, 2014
- When presented with a photographic subject, two of the most important decisions for photographers are where to position themselves and their camera and when to press the shutter.
- Behind the Lens: Optical vs. digital zoom
- September 7, 2014
- I get asked a lot of questions regarding cameras and photography. This week I’ll focus on one that may confuse some people: What’s the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom?