Tips & Techniques
Jun 28th 2016 Posted in: Featured Posts, Tips & Techniques 4

photographer portfolio print presentation

As a commercial photographer, workshop instructor, and owner of The Image Flow, Stuart Schwartz is no stranger to the portfolio review—and he’s sat on both sides of the table. Here he offers his tips for building your portfolio for success. First and foremost, there is nothing more impressive than a printed portfolio.

Periodic portfolio reviews are an essential part of any serious photographer’s game plan. They’re a great opportunity to get your work literally under the noses of the right people. But before you submit your work to a professional portfolio review, you’ll want to be sure your portfolio is in the best shape possible.

How does one begin creating a successful artist’s portfolio? The information I will share with you here will be useful to anyone working in fine art or commercial photography, illustration, or art, and who would like to present their work in a professional manner to potential clients, friends, and colleagues.

To be successful, an artist must have a vision, must master the technical skills required in their chosen medium, and have a basic understanding of the art business.

Apr 7th 2016 Posted in: Featured Posts, Photographers, Tips & Techniques 0

Tips for night photography from expert shooter Hendrik Paul

Fine art photographer Hendrik Paul is best known for his surreal black and white landscapes of the Marin Headlands, but he also likes to venture out at night to take ethereal images in both urban and rural settings.

Here our most accomplished night shooter shares his tips for night photography, from the best equipment to use to the best time to shoot, so you can start taking beautiful photos at night!

Mar 28th 2016 Posted in: Featured Posts, Kids Workshops, Tips & Techniques 0

How to be a better photographer

Our favorite kids instructor Constance Chu gives us four tips for young photographers (and you too) on how to be better at photography. She says, getting good at photography is just like anything else: To be good, you’ve got to work at it.

While she won’t guarantee you fame and fortune in photography, she says becoming a better photographer is not as daunting a task as it may sometimes seem—and it will also be a lot of fun!

Jan 13th 2016 Posted in: Featured Posts, Photographers, Tips & Techniques 0

Burnt palms near Salton Sea, 2015. Photo © Ted Orland.

Ted Orland is one of The Image Flow’s favorite wandering photographers, with a love of photography and life that is truly infectious.

He began his career as a young graphic artist working for famed designer Charles Eames and later served as photographer Ansel Adams’s assistant. Now a celebrated landscape photographer himself, Ted’s portfolio spans classical black and white photography, hand-colored photographs, and one-of-a-kind multi-image panoramas. He also co-authored the best-selling artists’ survival guide book Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking.

This spring, Ted will lead a new landscape and travel photography workshop to California’s Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park along with Brian Taylor, artistic director of the Center for Photographic Art.

In his own words, Ted shares seven of his favorite photography subjects throughout in this unique region of California.

Nov 3rd 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Photographers, Tips & Techniques 1

Maui Haleakala Flow Photography Tips

Ever get up at the crack of dawn and haul out of the hotel/condo/AirBnb with a cup of coffee and camera and haul down to a beautiful beach or center of a quaint Eastern European city ready to take the perfect sunrise photography, only to be overcome with the feeling that it’s already been done? Here, travel photographer Jeff Zaruba offers five tips for turning the ordinary into extraordinary.

Jul 28th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Tips & Techniques, Workshops 0

Nicole Paulson taking pictures of kids

Our children’s childhoods are fleeting, but the images we take of them don’t have to be. In the age of digital photography, just about everyone has a camera around at any given moment, ready to capture the next adorable moment in their children’s lives. But the pictures don’t always turn out as well as they could.

Jul 21st 2015 Posted in: Lightroom, Tips & Techniques 0

Taralynn Lawton image protection tips

Whether you’re uploading your pictures to the Internet for business or pleasure, here are a few tips for how to protect your images in this digital world.

Jun 30th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Tips & Techniques 2

Catherine Karnow San Francisco photography

Catherine Karnow has shot in far-flung places around the globe, but she loves shooting at home in San Francisco and Marin. She says one of the reasons she lives in Mill Valley is because of how photogenic the Bay Area is. She gave The Image Flow the inside scoop on her five favorite places to for stay-cation shooting.

Jan 13th 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Kids Workshops, Tips & Techniques 0

Hillary Sloss Digital Photography for Youth

How can we let our kids be kids, to see the way kids see, while still teaching them something about photography? Hillary Sloss is a veteran photojournalist based in Marin County and a digital and film photography instructor at the San Francisco Waldorf High School. Her new class, Digital Photography for Youth, is designed especially to encourage young people to explore their world through photography.

The idea is, she says, to help young photographers create beautiful images that are youthful, but not childish. “It’s important to give young photographers enough so that they can advance their photographic skills, without inundating them too many rules,” says Hillary.

Sep 2nd 2014 Posted in: Lightroom, Tips & Techniques, Videos 1

lightroom import tutorial

Adobe Lightroom is designed to make everything about digital photography easier. In this new video, The Image Flow’s Lightroom instructor Taralynn Lawton gives a quick tutorial on importing images into the program.