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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.
Behind the Lens: A multimedia balancing act
February 17, 2013
Now that many of us have smartphones, still cameras and video cameras, it can be difficult to choose what tool to use to visually document a person or event. By Mike Yoder
Behind the Lens: A religious experience in Nicaragua
February 3, 2013
In 1994, I went to Nicaragua to visit some friends and was wowed. This December, after years of pestering, I had to go again. And I came back with some incredible photographs. By Richard Gwin
Behind the Lens: Carrying a backup a good idea in case camera breaks
January 20, 2013
Camera equipment failure is unavoidable.
Behind the Lens: Photos worth thousands of words
January 6, 2013
If I would have made a New Year’s resolution, I might have told myself to resist buying photography books.
Behind the lens: Considering cameras
December 15, 2012
Unlike members of Congress, photographers must compromise. All camera models sacrifice a feature or function to emphasize another. In suggesting cameras for you this holiday season, I’ve listed them by the type of photographer rather than the camera type. By Mike Yoder
Behind the lens: Archiving old slides for the present day? Let’s get digital
December 1, 2012
Archiving photographs has transitioned from the days of storing pictures in slide carousels and negative sleeves to transmitting digital bytes to online photo sites, or burning to hard drives and discs. For people under 30, digital is most likely all they have ever known. For baby boomers like myself, you’ve probably experienced photographing with film but now find yourself joining the digital age. The dilemma facing some of us is what to do with our old slides and negatives. By Mike Yoder
Behind the lens: Good photos require luck as much as skill
November 17, 2012
Being a photographer can involve psychology skills. My ability to observe a subject, predict behavior, remain alert to visual clues and anticipate action helps me to be a successful photojournalist. It involves a mix of skills in intuition and past experiences photographing people in numerous environments and situations. By Mike Yoder