Essays and Inspiration Category Archive - Page 2

Your Favorite Piece of Camera Equipment

Imagine a cascading waterfall, or a sand dune in a storm. A bird hopping in the air; a person stepping into a crosswalk and out of the shade. For photographers, in moments like this, the best camera equipment is invisible. It doesn’t slow you down or require troubleshooting. After a...

Chasing Jumping Devil Rays in the Sea of Cortes

The sea of Cortes, in Baja California, Mexico, is known for its amazing marine wildlife spectacles, but among all those, one, in particular, is awe-inspiring. Every year, thousands and thousands of devil rays enter this sea in schools so large that the sea becomes black. In this article, I will...

Photographer Profile: Nguyen Vu Phuoc, Vietnam

When it comes to having passion for your profession, it’s hard to imagine any photographer with more of it than Vietnam’s Nguyen Vu Phuoc. With over a quarter century of experience in multiple genres – travel, fine art, drone, documentary, photojournalism, and advertising – he is widely regarded as one...

100 Most Inspirational Photography Quotes of All Time

In this article, we have put together a collection of the most inspirational photography quotes of all time from some of the most famous artists, photographers and writers in history. As photographers, we often lack the motivation to keep taking images, something all artists struggle with from time to time....

The Cats of Morocco

When doing travel photography in a particular location, I find it intriguing to document the lives of all of its inhabitants, not just people. As in the case of a number of countries (particularly in the Middle East), Morocco has a rather large population of stray cats and dogs that...

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S as a Walk-Around Lens

This past week Nikon announced two new full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and Z7, as well as the development of a new flagship lens, the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct. The press release carried much fanfare about the future of Nikon photography and nostalgia regarding the famous Noct-NIKKOR 58mm...

Commuting with a Camera

I suspect that a lot of landscape and cityscape photographers, like myself, are not always able to devote the time necessary to wait for atmospheric conditions and astral bodies to be in that “ideal” position for the image you have in mind. Some of the early landscape masters were known...

My Hard-Won Photography Lessons

The old axiom that we should learn from our mistakes is sound, although sometimes those lessons can be a bit on the painful side. As a 15-year-old, freshman high school student in 1960 I was excited to work as a photographer on the school yearbook. Assigned the task of developing...