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
Behind the Lens: Finding the right photo can take several swings and misses
November 4, 2012
I invited area photographers to submit images of autumn for a photo gallery this week, and it’s always fun to see what other people choose to photograph, what attracts their eye and how they determine what makes a successful photograph. By Mike Yoder
Behind the Lens: Photographers explain why they choose black and white
October 21, 2012
I invited area photographers to submit some of their favorite black-and-white images for this week’s column and photo gallery. I asked, Why use black and white?
Behind the Lens: Technology makes color choice easier than ever
October 7, 2012
When I started at the Journal-World, our color use was limited to a single lead image on a section front, mainly because of the length of time required to create color separations for the press. I remember laying out photo packages where I could use only one color image and the rest were black and white.
Behind the Lens: What to do when a plan is washed out
September 9, 2012
For this week’s column, I wanted to describe how a photograph came about during a search for a feature image for the newspaper.
Behind the Lens: 2 choices for off-camera flashes
September 2, 2012
If you use a digital, single-lens reflex camera and you want to get your flash off your camera, you have two choices: wired or wireless.
Behind the Lens: Lights can help separate photo subject, background
August 26, 2012
I’ve talked before about visual style and how each Journal-World photographer gravitates toward creating a particular look in the photos we create.
Behind the Lens: DSLRs have more options for shooting in low light
August 18, 2012
When it comes to photographing in low light, people using point-and-shoot cameras are limited on controlling the quality of their light output.
Behind the Lens: Camera flash can be useful even when it’s sunny
August 11, 2012
Elvis has left the building. Then he walks toward me, and I photograph him using a bright flash in the August sunshine.
Behind the Lens: Camera specs for low-light success
August 4, 2012
I’ve written in the past that quality of light is as important as the quantity of light in photography. This is certainly true in regards to aesthetic qualities but incorrect if there isn’t enough light to capture the image in the first place.
Behind the Lens: Tweak camera settings to find an ISO that’s A-OK
July 28, 2012
Through advances in health-care technology, as well as healthier lifestyles, many consider age 80 to be the new 65. There’s a similarity in photography, where 1600 ISO may be the new 800 ISO.
Behind the Lens: Covering celebrities part of the job
July 14, 2012
I often forget how fortunate I am to be a photojournalist.
Behind the Lens: Stuck in a photo rut
July 7, 2012
Several readers have commented to me before that they can often pick with a great success rate which Journal-World photographer shot a particular photo on a given day without looking at the credit.
Behind the Lens: Vertical photos endangered, but still ideal for certain shots
June 30, 2012
OK, I’ll admit it. I’m vertically challenged.
Behind the Lens: Subject-driven photo projects unique, interesting
June 23, 2012
As a newspaper photographer, my subject matter is often assignment-driven and specific. While it can be interesting and rewarding, I, like many photographers, also enjoy pursuing personal photo projects.