Articles by William Moneymaker

Improve Your Skills with a Photo-A-Day Project

 The common advice for new and aspiring photographers is to take as many photographs as you possibly can – every day of the week if possible. For many, that means starting on a photo-a-day or 365 project. This is wonderful advice, but I don't necessarily believe that it is limited to beginners only. Even professionals can benefit from something like a photo-a-day project. Especially professionals, since I think that the tendency to become involved in the business side of photography means that... continue reading

Learning from the Masters: Where to Look at Fine Art Photographs

   As a photographer, you’ll never stop learning. However, it is sometimes challenging to find new places or new people to learn from. That is doubly true if you're unsure where to find quality photographs. The Internet is filled with websites and galleries that are open to everyone – Flickr.com is one example. Because anyone can post images, you'll soon find that it isn't easy to sift the snapshots and amateur images from the works of art. So where do you turn to advance your knowledge... continue reading

The Process of Photographing Falling Rain

 Few things capture the essence of a rainy day like a photo of the falling rain. I don't mean images of water droplets or small rivulets, but rather photos that capture the lines and sparkle of a true downpour.Capturing the falling rain is a relatively simple process. If you'd like to create some beautiful photographs the next time it rains, I'll show you how!Choosing Your Gear and LocationFirst, you'll need rain gear for yourself and your camera – especially if you plan to shoot out... continue reading

The Photographer’s Creative Process

 For many photographers, the hardest part of a photographic project is settling on an idea. Fine art photography isn't so much about snapping as many photos as you can in the hope that you get the perfect shot. Instead, a good project takes lots of time, thought and research. Those three things are all part of the “creative process.” Want to learn more? I'll show you my basic creative process so that you can learn how to turn those half-formed ideas into works of art.It Starts with... continue reading

Why are People Still Drawn to the Black and White Image?

 There’s something about black and white images that makes them powerful, interesting and almost more expressive than color photos. One might have assumed, back when color photos were first developed, that black and white images would slowly turn into a relic from a time when imaging technology was in its infancy. After all, color brings a whole new dimension to photography.However, as the years went by, black and white photography didn’t disappear. Instead, these monochrome images have... continue reading

Making Art When Everything's Been Done Before

   I sometimes think that the photographers who lived 200 years ago had it easy. Photography as an art form was completely uncharted territory, so every image these pioneers created was something new and wonderful. Today, nearly everyone has a camera, whether it’s a professional DSLR or a mobile phone camera.So, with hundreds of thousands of images being created every day, how do you come up with something that hasn't been done before? How does today’s photographer create something... continue reading

Learning to Be Your Own Worst Critic (Self-Critiquing Your Own Images)

  Finding someone to critique your work well is sometimes even harder than creating the work in the first place. If you’re like most people, you can’t rely on friends and family for unbiased critiques. They care for you, and therefore believe that everything you create is wonderful. If you have photographer friends, they may be too polite to say anything harsh or to really pick your images apart.That means that if you want real, honest and useful feedback on your work, you need to do... continue reading

Developing Your Photographic Style

     What makes a famous photographer famous? It’s not the gear he uses, and it’s normally not a single image, either. Most of the greatest photographers have a certain style that makes their images immediately recognizable. Style is the reason why you can pick an Ansel Adams landscape out from a thousand others. Style makes you unique, it’s an extension of your personality and it’s what sets you apart from everyone else.What Style is NotThere are many misconceptions about... continue reading

Revisiting Your Old Work

 Looking at Your Old Images with Fresh PerspectiveAs photographers, we are on a never-ending quest to create something new and unusual. After so many years of taking photos, you more than likely have terabytes of archived raw files or boxes upon boxes of negatives – most of which you haven’t looked at in years. Even those photos that we once chose as our favorites are sometimes buried under a wave of new, exciting images.At some point, though, we all need to go back to our photographic... continue reading

The Joy of Photographing Waterfalls

              There are few things more soothing than the trickling sounds of water mixed with birdsong from a nearby forest. As a photographer, we have the unique opportunity to capture the beauty, and that includes rushing waterfalls. To make an image of silky flowing water, you’ll not only need to master your camera but also come to an understanding of your surroundings.1. Use Slow Shutter SpeedsWhat makes an ordinary waterfall photo extraordinary is the smooth look... continue reading

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