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Contesting Contests

November 11, 2017 - So I entered another photo contest. Okay, okay, those of you who've heard me rail about contests hold off on the mouse c...
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Action Hero in Action

August 23, 2017 - As Dr. Marc O'Griofa, an aquanaut in the 2016 NEEMO 21 mission, conducted science on the seafloor, a frame I captured ju...
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Two For One

July 02, 2017 - While providing diver support and shooting for the NASA NEEMO XXII mission a couple weeks ago, my friend Dawn asked if I...
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My Head Assistant

February 04, 2017 - A few years ago, I wrote Praise for Photo Assistants, lauding the accomplishments of Niccole, Dawn, Aaron and others who...
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Run With It

December 11, 2016 - "How the heck am I going to portrait Lad?" I kept asking myself. The question had been nagging me and the day before our...
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What Really Matters . . . Is Possible

September 25, 2016 - Huge, world-wide problems loom over us. They're intimidating and daunting, sometimes seeming insurmountable. Sometimes p...
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Altitude Attitude

July 26, 2016 - One challenge in professional imaging is making your shots look like they're supposed to look. You can say "well, duh,"...
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Light Meters Are Stupid – And Invaluable

March 27, 2016 - O If you watch me work, one thing you'll notice is that I use a hand-held light meter. This has been part of how I...
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Don't Confuse Image Style with Photographer Style

February 15, 2015 - In photography, "style" tends to be a mushy, confusing term that can take people down the wrong path: Shooters try to be...
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Shoeless Abe

December 25, 2014 - Professional photography, at its core, is a continuous problem-solving exercise. Every shoot differs, providing somethin...
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Feeding the World

November 25, 2014 - Meet Kevin. He has a lot to do with the Thanksgiving meal most of us Americans will enjoy in two days. He's a Tulelake,...
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What Really Matters

September 23, 2014 - This shot of my daughter's worth a million to me, but not because it's a nice photo. Certainly people relate to it, and...
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Finding Your Muse

July 03, 2014 - Every artist needs inspiration. What we create comes from a vision within us (albeit, often augmented and improved by th...
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A Voice for the Masses

May 09, 2014 - Whether you're a photographer, photographic artist or just have some photos that fit into a story you want to share, Ado...
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Reviving the Golden Age

March 25, 2014 - Sorry for such a long interval between posts. We just moved and as you may expect, that has kept me really tied up. S...
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A Short Photographic Translation Guidebook

August 16, 2013 - As a photographic artist, I’m guilty of what many professionals do when you interact with them: I use “photo slang” and...
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Hanging Out with Two-Year-Olds

July 23, 2013 - If you look at most of my imagery, you'll notice this shot (of my favorite model – my daughter) differs from my usual st...
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Think You Have What It Takes?

May 19, 2013 - One of the most frequent requests I get is to shoot underwater models and portraits who are not scuba divers -- like thi...
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April 08, 2013 - Sometimes an image's success lies in how much you (and I'm talking to both shooters and subjects here) commit to it. If...
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Applying the Pirate's Code to Imaging

March 16, 2013 - Portrait photographers draw upon several classic lighting styles, some of which date back centuries to the master painte...
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The Real Thing

August 22, 2012 - Copyright Karl Shreeves 2012 When shooting actors and models, the wonderful talent you tap into is their ability to cre...
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A Great Way to Learn is to Teach

August 12, 2012 - Copyright Karl Shreeves It was a privilege and also humbling, to present a two hour Dramatic Portraits Workshop this pa...
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April 04, 2012 - Photo Copyright Karl Shreeves 2012 I don't have a musical bone in my body, but I admire those who do, and I enjoy their...
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