Nicole Silvester

Complete Guide to Buying a Camera as a Gift

Choosing just the right camera to buy for someone else can be tricky, but if you’re armed with solid information about what makes a digital camera good and how to choose equipment for a particular age or field of interest, you’ll make a good choice.

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Photography

If you want to take photographs but don’t know where to start, the old saying has it right: begin with the basics. Understand how the essential camera settings work and what’s involved in making a photograph, and you’ll open up a whole universe of possibilities.

Basic Through the Viewfinder Photography

“Through the Viewfinder,” or TtV, photography is a fun way to combine analog and digital photography. Shooting with a digital camera gives the advantages of digital photography, but using an old camera as a filter adds an appealing grungy, old-fashioned look.

Introduction to View Camera Photography

Shooting with a large format camera, or view camera, has a lot of advantages (as well as some disadvantages). Though digital backs for these cameras are extremely expensive, there are other ways to combine digital photography with a view camera if you don’t fancy working solely with film.

Paris and the Documentary Photography of Eugene Atget

Eugène Atget saw himself not as an art photographer, but as a documenter of Old Paris and provider of references to artists. Yet it is because his work was so straightforward that he became lauded as an artist after his death, when his work had enormous influence on later documentary photographers.

Fine Art Photographers Bernd And Hilla Becher

Bernd and Hilla Becher are a husband-and-wife team of German photographers, best known for their extensive series of photographs of the industrial landscape. Their technically perfect photographs had a conceptual basis that elevated the work from “merely” documentary to the realm of fine art.

The Purpose of a Ring Flash in Photography

Camera-mounted flash units are a convenient way to add light to a scene, and there are specialized types of flash for many situations–like the ring flash. A ring flash can be a useful tool, but why spend the money until you know if you need one or not?