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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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Variations in Portrait Lighting

Variations in Portrait Lighting

Variations On Portrait Lighting By Brooks Institute Instructor Tim Meyer   There are many approaches to portrait lighting. One contemporary technique is called hatchet lighting. Normally this consists of a key light coming from the front of the subject and two lights coming from behind, creating accent lights on the sides of the face and/or...
Infographics: A Growth Industry

Infographics: A Growth Industry

  By Matt Moody Brooks Faculty Graphic Design Program Among the many branches of the Graphic Design tree, Infographics, or Informational Graphics, has sprung serious new growth in the past decade, its presence on the Web now commonplace and expected. Informative, factual and visually interesting graphics have always been in demand, but with today’s new...
Will Smartphones Make The Camera Obsolete?

Will Smartphones Make The Camera Obsolete?

Will Smartphones Make The Camera Obsolete by Bill Robbins, Program Chair Pro Photo, Brooks Institute   As educators and photographers we are often asked, “will the smartphone make the camera obsolete?” There is no simple black and white answer to this question. In a recent panel discussion at Photo Expo in NYC (Oct 2014), Time...
Smart Phone Photography

Smart Phone Photography

Smart Phone Photography by Brooks Institute Instructor Greg A. Cooper Creating photos with any camera can be fun, but having the right tool on hand at all times can be challenging. It’s not always practical to carry your DSLR everywhere, but smart phone photography is a possibility most of the time! Commercial photographer Chase Jarvis...
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...