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The Teachers' Workshop -- Registration Now Open for 2014.

The Teachers’ Workshop — Registration Now Open for 2014.

The Teachers’ Workshop @ Brooks Institute is back!  Save the date – July 23-27, 2014 in Ventura, CA                 Brooks Institute is proud to invite teachers to attend a five-day photography and visual artists workshop in Ventura, CA scheduled for July 23-27, 2014. Learn fundamental techniques...
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Architectural Interior Photo Basics By Brooks Instructor Russ McConnell

Architectural Interior Photo Basics By Brooks Instructor Russ McConnell

Success in creating a great architectural interior photo can be broken down into 3 main factors; the position of the camera, placement of the furnishings, and the addition of artificial light. In today’s digital world, artificial light can be generated either traditionally or through digital means such as HDR or by layering exposures in Photoshop....
Photographing Transparent Objects in the Studio by Brooks Instructor Greg Voight

Photographing Transparent Objects in the Studio by Brooks Instructor Greg Voight

Photographing transparent objects such as glassware, crystal, acrylic or beverages requires one to fully understand how to render the subject objectively. That is to say, if the wine glass is perfectly clear and has no color (neutral), then the correct photograph should render the subject perfectly clear and neutral; if the subject is 75% transparent...
An Inexpensive and Versatile Light-Modifying Panel by Brooks Instructor Paul Meyer

An Inexpensive and Versatile Light-Modifying Panel by Brooks Instructor Paul Meyer

For this edition of the Brooks Institute Blog I’m going to talk about an inexpensive and versatile light-modifying panel that you can easily build yourself. Often called diffusion panels, they are really much more than that. What I’m talking about is a light-weight, easy to assemble frame that can be used to hold or support...
The Art of the Black and White Conversion by Brooks Instructor Chris Broughton

The Art of the Black and White Conversion by Brooks Instructor Chris Broughton

Ever since the invention of panchromatic film, controlling localized contrast within the image has always been one of the true signs of a master black and white photographer.  The seriousness of a black and white photographer was often measured by the number of deep red, red, orange, deep yellow, yellow, and yellow green filters that...
Composition Using 3D Rule of Thirds by Ralph Clevenger, Brooks Instructor

Composition Using 3D Rule of Thirds by Ralph Clevenger, Brooks Instructor

  Composition Using the Rule of Thirds By Ralph Clevenger, Brooks Institute Instructor You all know the rule of thirds and how the two-dimensional grid helps you compose subjects within the frame. But this only works on a flat surface like a photographic print or computer monitor. The world is three-dimensional, so just lay the...
Photographic Motion Blur by Brooks Instructor Chuck Place

Photographic Motion Blur by Brooks Instructor Chuck Place

Being a travel photographer, I shoot a good number of moving subjects—powwow dancers, Cinco de Mayo dancers, rodeos. I generally create sharp images of my subjects with soft backgrounds so that the subject separates well from its background. It’s the dancer that is important, not the audience behind them. To accomplish this shallow depth of...
Printing Paper Choices by Brooks Instructor Bruce Burkhardt

Printing Paper Choices by Brooks Instructor Bruce Burkhardt

Choosing a Print Paper for an Inkjet Printer By Bruce Burkhardt     In today’s world, viewing photographic images on electronic devises is becoming the norm. It is ironic, therefore, that most people still feel that viewing a large print beautifully matted and framed is the ultimate experience in studying a photograph.  There is something...
Shooting The Night Sky by Brooks Instructor Ralph Clevenger

Shooting The Night Sky by Brooks Instructor Ralph Clevenger

SHOOTING THE NIGHT SKY  Our new cameras can now see in the dark. With recent improvements in high ISO and noise reduction, the night sky has become a palette of incredible imagery. A former student of mine and recent Brooks Institute graduate, Michael Shainblum, has taken night photography and timelapse to new heights. The timelapse...
Using Layer Blend Modes in Photoshop by Faculty Member Rob Winner

Using Layer Blend Modes in Photoshop by Faculty Member Rob Winner

    I was compelled to photograph this thistle because I was intrigued by the subtle back-light and how it tended to bring out the sharpness of the thorns and the graphic, almost prehistoric nature of the plant. After placing the image in Photoshop I wanted to enhance that aspect even more.      ...
Wedding Photography Tip by Tim Meyer

Wedding Photography Tip by Tim Meyer

Everyone takes pictures at weddings. Being a wedding photographer, however, brings added levels of responsibility, skill and artistry. There are ever increasing elements of photojournalism and storytelling involved in photographing modern weddings. What seems to have remained constant, even with the newer styles in photography, is the ability to capture the love and emotions of...
Travel Photography Lighting Tip by Chuck Place

Travel Photography Lighting Tip by Chuck Place

With the recent advancements in digital cameras, creating striking travel images has become easier. Creating strong environmental portraits of people we meet while traveling, however, is just as challenging as ever. I found this apple farmer, with his red apple stand, on a back road in California. A rainstorm had just passed through and I...
Architectural Photo Tip Russ McConnell

Architectural Photo Tip Russ McConnell

Architectural Photo Tip from Russ McConnell Probably the first thing that anyone photographing an exterior or interior of a building can do to improve their photograph is to add some type of foreground element. Most amateur’s architectural photos have nothing in the foreground to create depth.  A foreground element can act to create leading lines...