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Edward Steichen

Before Edward Steichen’s time, photography was only used for the purpose of recording visual facts. Portraits were as straightforward as possible, backgrounds were a plain gray and the subject was well lit. Steichen, though, decided that he would rather attempt to make a statement about his subjects instead of simply recording their appearance. It is......

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Go for Natural Backlighting

Natural lighting in photography (that is, lighting from the sun) comes from one of five directions. From the left of the subject, from the right of the subject, from the front, from the rear (backlighting), or from directly above. Of these five sources of light, the most dramatic is, without a doubt, backlighting. Why? Because......

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Pre-Focus for Nature Shots

There are times when you just know your photographic abilities are going to be stretched to the limit. One of the most challenging is when you set out to capture a wild critter that has a tendency not to stay in one place too long. In the latter case, the real trick to capturing the......

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Strong Flower Photography

“Perpetual Bloom” by Peter Lik Some of the most beautiful – and luckily, some of the most attainable – objects that we can find to photograph are flowers. 1. Choose flowers carefully – Make sure to choose a group of flowers that will create a uniform layer of color that you can work from instead......

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When Blurred Photos Are Good

Not many photographers set out to create blurry photographs intentionally. In fact, many of us dread blurred photographs as the worst possible outcome. Yet, there are times when blurring is the most effective way of photographing a subject. Discriminating use of a blurred background can help to separate the foreground element and make it stand......

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Paparazzi: The Necessary Nuisance

We’ve all seen the disasters: Paris Hilton climbing out of a luxury vehicle sans underwear; our favorite teen-star-turned-train-wreck Lindsay Lohan stumbling out of some hip L.A. bar. Those particular photos made it to the public through none other than the paparazzi. Yes, the same paparazzi that a bald-headed Britney Spears was snapped......

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Light Trails

As anyone grows as a photographer over the years, their style and subject preferences will continually change. But one thing it seems that all photographers will return to, regardless of how much they learn and grow, is light trails. Light trails are the way lights can take on a streaming effect when you take pictures......

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New iPad App Another Milestone for Peter Lik

There’s no shortage of big things happening in the world of Peter Lik these days. Followers of this blog will know that Pete released his first app last Friday and it immediately shot up the sales rankings in both Australia and the U.S. “What gets my blood pumping about this is the fact that so......

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“Coastal Palette” is Peter Lik at His “Painterly” Best

Peter has just released his newest gallery print. And it’s something special. Named “Coastal Palette,” it was shot along a ruggedly beautiful piece of coastline on the Big Island of Hawai’i during filming for his upcoming series on The Weather Channel. “It took a lot of searching to get just the right......

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Promoting Your Photography

Self-promotion has long been a problem for professional photographers. Sure, you can run a print or two as part of your e-mail signature or have some postcards printed for distribution to prospective clients. But beyond that, what can you do to make a splash in the world of commercial/professional photography? Tony......

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Lik Galleries™ to Unveil Newest Lik Masterwork “Coastal Palette”

The latest Peter Lik masterwork, “Coastal Palette,” will have its public unveiling tomorrow, Saturday, January 22, at all LIK GALLERIES™ worldwide. The photograph was taken on the Big Island of Hawai’i during the filming of Peter’s stunning new television series which debuts on The Weather Channel this spring. “It took a lot of searching to......

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New Peter Lik iPad App Launches

The Official Opus Peter Lik HD app for iPad was released today! The new Apple® app marks another milestone for Master Photographer Peter Lik and LIK USA™. This application contains the entire contents of Peter Lik’s 25 Year Anniversary Book, and every photograph is accompanied by text that can be brought up on the screen......

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Women in Photography

For much of photography’s 170-year history, women were relegated to the sidelines. Despite early social stigmas attached to photographers in dresses, a surprising number of them persisted, contributing significantly to photographic art. In honor of these female pioneers, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City......

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“Ghost” Wins Prestigious Award; to be Featured at Smithsonian

Adding to the many awards it has already won, Peter Lik’s classic photograph “Ghost” has won the Art in Nature category of the 2010 Windland Smith Rice International Awards for Nature’s Best Photography. As a result, it will be displayed in an exhibition of nature photography at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History......

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Ernest Withers: Photographer and Informant

Ernest Withers, the legendary African-American photographer who documented the civil rights era with unparalleled success, died only three years ago. He was most famous for documenting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; he photographed Dr. King the day before he was killed, and gained access......

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From the Camera Obscura to the Modern Camera

Camera design has greatly progressed throughout history. But what advancements led to those fancy, incredibly effective cameras that we know and love today? The earliest documented cameras were extremely large and were designed at home with the basic principles of camera obscura. The camera obscura was a darkened box......

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A Quick Note From the Road

G’day everyone. Just wanted to say thanks to you all for following this blog and my Facebook page. I really appreciate the encouraging comments. Right now I’m out on the road. I’ve been shooting some bloody spectacular arch formations in Utah. Then I’m heading up to Montana where I’ll be shooting in Hyalite Canyon and......

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Choosing Camera Lens Filters

Over the years, camera lens filters have continued to be a vital part of any skilled photographer’s camera bag. The most common camera filters have remained the same for the most part; they include polarizing, neutral density, graduated neutral density, and cool and warm filters. Polarizing Filters – These are probably the most important filters......

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Going Back to Black and White

Black and white photography is not always given its due. But it can be quite stunning in its own right. Here are five things to remember about effective B&W. 1. Form Follows Function – When you remove color from a scene, you emphasize the subject’s form or shape. Color no longer plays......

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Pausing to Acknowledge the Flood Victims in Australia

We’re breaking from our usual blog subjects today to send our very best wishes to the many people affected by the ongoing flooding in Australia. The floods started over two weeks ago and cover an area roughly the size of France and Germany combined in the State of Queensland alone. Damage estimates......

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Peter Lik Photograph “One” Sells for $1 Million!

Peter Lik has sold his first-million dollar photograph. The shot, taken just after dawn on the banks of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire, resembles an impressionist painting. Peter named it “One” because it was a fleeting, singular opportunity; he felt a oneness with the moment and with nature; and he hit......

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Taking Dramatic Closeup Photos

Dramatic closeup photos such are easier to take if you use the proper approach and equipment. Here are a few tips for helping to get the job done right the first time. Exposure – If your subject allows you the time, you can set your camera’s exposure normally, as you would......

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Meet the Creative Team at LIK USA™

“DO YA LOVE THIS BLOODY SONG OR WHAT?!” That cry can go up in the creative studio at LIK USA whenever the boss is in town. Peter loves his music and likes to crank it up to about the level of a 747 at takeoff. He sets the tone for a dynamic, somewhat unconventional and......

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Peter in Pasadena for Big Announcement

Peter is in Pasadena, California, with executives from NBC and The Weather Channel, where he will face the national media today to answer questions about his upcoming TV series on The Weather Channel. TV types from across the spectrum will converge on Pasadena for the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour......

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Taking Action Shots

When taking action shots, it’s sometimes difficult to get the main subject in focus. But there are some tools you can use to make sure you capture that perfect photograph. Shutter Speed – Having a quick shutter speed is crucial to taking action photography. No matter what type of action shot you......

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Is This the End of Point-and-Shoots?

The point-and-shoot camera has been around longer than most of us can remember, but with new camera technology being created for phones, those trusty cameras may very well soon be considered a thing of the past. Flickr, the popular online photo-sharing website, reported that the vast majority of photographs submitted to the site were taken......

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Taking a Shot at Glamour

Knowing how to take glamour shots is an important skill for any photographer. The principles that apply to glamour photography are equally incorporated into advertising and wedding photography, and shooting portfolios for models and actors. While a professional glamour photographer may have a studio full of expensive equipment, many spectacular......

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Happy New Year!!! It’s Going to be a Great One!

Peter, and all the staff at LIK USA™ would like to wish you and your loved ones a very happy New Year. May 2011 bring good times and good health. It’s no exaggeration to say that 2011 will be absolutely huge for Peter. There are many projects in the works – several of which are......

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