US Air Force Thunderbirds
US Air Force Thunderbirds / Photo by Wes Gibson

It’s air show season again. All across North America, the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, Snow Birds, Black Diamond Jet Team, and hundreds of other flight demonstration teams will be taking to the air to delight the crowds below. If you are like me, you love photographing the air shows. Not only is it exciting and entertaining, but it’s also the thrill of the hunt. To capture that perfect image of an aircraft doing something extraordinary. To help you in your quest for that perfect aircraft shot, I’ve compiled ten useful tips to make your day as an air show photographer more pleasant.… More

6 Tips To Making Vacation Photos Memorable And Enjoyable

Tulum Mayan Ruins
Tulum Mayan Ruins / Photo by Wes Gibson

Summer is quickly approaching. Many of you are in the planning stages of your family vacation. If you are reading this, chances are you want to make some great photos of your travel adventures. Here are six tips that will make your vacation photos more memorable and your job as official family photographer more enjoyable.

While visiting foreign ports as a young Navy Photographer, I would venture out with two camera bodies, five lenses, 20 rolls of film, and a flash. Returning after sunset, I would spend most of the night processing film, and then start all over again the next morning.… More

Lowepro Stealth ReporterD400 AWMy review of the Lowepro Stealth Reporter D400 AW has been one of the most visited pages on Digital Photography Mastery. So, nearly four years later, I thought I would revisit the Stealth Reporter. Yes, I still have this camera bag, and yes, it still looks as good as the day I unboxed it. Lowepro has a good reputation for producing quality products, and the Stealth Reporter has lived up to the Lowepro name.

The Stealth Reporter D400 AW is a fairly roomy camera bag. I can get two bodies with lenses attached, two additional lenses, two strobes, a couple small reflectors, a couple LumiQuest bounce cards, and some miscellaneous accessories into the bag.… More

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Wild Bergamont
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Wild Bergamont / Photo by Wes Gibson

In a recent conversation I had on Twitter, a friend stated, “if I see a perfect shot, I can never seem to catch it the way I see it…it [the photo] doesn’t speak to me.”

This seems to be a very common problem all photographers experience at one time or another. I’m guessing, it’s a common problem all visual artists experience. I know I’ve run into this phenomenon many times myself over the years. Here are my thoughts as to why our “perfect photos” fail.

Photographic Reality

When you see the perfect shot, the perfect landscape, the perfect sunset, the perfect portrait…you are doing a lot more than seeing it.… More

Peak Design's Capture DeviceThere are two things every photographer seems to search for and can never find. Call it the Photographer’s Holy Grail. The perfect camera strap and the perfect camera bag. Well, I may have found the perfect camera strap.

If you are like me, you have a love/hate relationship with your camera straps. They are always in the way and catching on things. Many straps have metal parts that can scratch a lens, viewfinder, or LCD screen.

At the same time, camera straps come in handy for keeping your equipment on your body, ready for action. Especially when shooting with multiple bodies.… More

Photographer in woods with tripod
Photo by Tammy Black Wolf

Are you having problems making great photos? If you’re not happy with your photography, maybe it’s the way you think about your photo equipment that’s holding you back.

We all have bad habits in photography. Some more than others. Even seasoned professionals have bad habits. And that’s alright. The important thing is to be aware of what your bad habits are and always trying to improve.

Here are five photo equipment related bad habits that I have either struggled with over the years or have seen in my student photographers. This list is far from being all inclusive.… More

Including corporate photography services in your list of services can be lucrative, and you may be wondering how you can achieve the best results when serving this unique niche of customers. These are professionals who likely will use corporate images to place on their business cards, their business website and other locations, and they want to position themselves to look both attractive and professional.Sales professional portrait

While some of the basic principles of any photo shoot with a single subject applies, there are special tips to follow if you want your corporate clients to be fully satisfied with your efforts. This can result in repeat business and referrals, which can help you to jump start this area of your business.… More