Joel Wolfson is a fine art and nature photographer who conducts photo workshops worldwide from his native Southwest to Italy, France and other locales. His roster of notable clients include Newsweek, Elle, Seventeen, Houghton Mifflin, and corporate clients such as Apple, AT&T, 3M, United Airlines and Pillsbury.

His technical articles on digital imaging have been translated for use in more than 30 countries.  Yet he is best known for his artistic images and unexpected views of everyday places around the globe.

Tips and Techniques from a pro by Joel Wolfson

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In my last article I covered the equipment side of travel photography including how to get your gear to your destination and back safely along with the images. Now I’d like to share some tips and techniques I’ve developed from years of taking travel photos.

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An accomplished architect and fine art architectural photographer, Julia Anna Gospodarou, has shared her knowledge with us on using a tilt-shift lens when specifically working with architecture. It is not the easiest lens to use. However ,she has broken it down for us and offers exclusive tips on how to optimize the use of the tilt-shift lens.

If you’re looking to obtain straight vertical lines (as compared to slanted ones caused by a wide angle lens), read on for your guide to using the tilt-shift lens!

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When you go on a major trip with photography in mind, just deciding what gear to bring and getting to your destination and back with all of it can be as much of a challenge as shooting great photos once you are there! Over the years I’ve done a number of travel photography presentations and received a lot of good questions. Here are answers to some of the most practical questions I’ve received about the strategies of traveling for photography.

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Guest article by Andrew S. Gibson

As digital cameras have become mainstream, one of the push backs against the new technology is that some photographers choose to work with film instead. But what you may not know is that there are photographers who go even further back in time, utilizing processes that may have been common in the past but are now relegated to the status of a specialist interest. These include processes such as Cyanotypes, Albumen prints and Van Dyke Brown (the last one has nothing to do with Dick Van Dyke the actor, despite the name).

It takes real enthusiasm to use one of these old processes. You may need to buy a large format camera and you would almost certainly have to mix your own chemicals. A lot of time and patience are also required to learn and perfect the techniques.

For some people this craft element is part of the appeal, and I am not trying to dissuade them from experimenting with old processes. But what if you like the look of an old process, but don’t want to get your hands dirty with the mechanics? Perhaps you would just like to occasionally make a print that looks as if it could be the result of an antique process. That’s where the Black & White Effects 2 plug-in from Topaz Labs comes in.

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 10.40.33 AMTopaz B&W Effects 2.1

One of the strengths of Black & White Effects 2 is the extensive range of built-in presets simulated from old processes. As well as the regular ones that help you make first class black and white conversions, there are five groups of presets dedicated to antique processes. Let’s take a look at them one by one.

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