Jill Waterman

Jill Waterman

While she never dreamed of being a cowboy, the gift of a cowgirl outfit brought Jill Waterman to tears, until her parents relented and replaced the dainty skirt with some pants. She caught the photography bug while studying art in Paris, and she hasn’t looked back since. After more than a decade as a photo editor (surrounded by mountains of slides of varying heights), she added writing to the mix as an editor of custom publishing projects for Photo District News. A team member of the B&H Explora blog since 2015, Waterman moonlights as a night photography specialist. Her first book, the technical volume Night and Low Light Photography, www.nightphotographybook.com, was published by Amphoto in 2006. Learn more about her ongoing project to document New Year’s Eve celebrations around the globe at www.newyearphotos.com.

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Grayson Dantzic was initially unaware of his father Jerry’s early freelance photo assignments, in 1950s New York. Growing up in the 1970s, he was steeped in the color photographs from his father’s groundbreaking work with a Cirkut camera, through summer trips with his parents to document America in the panoramic format—city by city and state by state. Above: Billie Holiday backstage at Sugar Hill...
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Stefen Chow's attraction to adventure started early, before he could even remember it. At the tender age of two, he moved from his native Malaysia to live in Singapore with his mother and two older sisters, while his father stayed behind for work. "I have no recollection of growing up in Malaysia," he says. While child development experts might warn of separation anxiety, Chow believes that young...
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According to British journalist and African wildlife safari expert Brian Jackman, "Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all." In our second installment of this four-part series, South African photographer Isak Pretorius offers recommendations for top safari camps and discusses the types of wildlife that visitors will likely discover and be able to photograph. Above...
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In the words of the celebrated novelist Isak Dinesen, “There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne—bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.” While the African safari is a bucket-list adventure for photo enthusiasts and seasoned professionals alike, the myriad exotic options available on the...
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Numerically speaking, the New England road map is as straightforward as it gets, which makes it a great starting point for a travel excursion. Highway numbers are ordered from East to West, so the lowest numbers—such as historic Route 1—are located farthest east. North/South highways tend to have odd number designations, such as the heavily traveled I-95, whereas East/West routes are assigned...
South Dakota: From the Black Hills National Forest to the Badlands
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While South Dakota is officially known as the Mount Rushmore State, its status as the Land of Infinite Variety might prove even more enticing from a photographic point of view. The hodgepodge of scenic wonders contained in this sparsely populated state spans rolling prairie grasslands, rugged Black Hill forests, sparkling underground caves, and otherworldly Badland buttes, much of which is...
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Travel photography has a certain lure that brings out the uninhibited snapshooter in all of us. But how do you deal with the volume of images you download to the computer after your trip? At that point, it’s high time to sharpen your eye as a photo editor. According to award-winning travel photographer Krista Rossow, photo editing is a...
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Art Wolfe is one of the world’s best-known nature and wildlife photographers. Yet, while his images are published in more than 80 books and featured in a globally syndicated television show, Wolfe has never defined himself solely through these specialty subjects. “I was trained in a fine art school, and developed an early interest in everything from the antiquity of Europe to modern cityscapes to...
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Clay Bolt is a firm believer that our connection to nature begins at home. The natural history and conservation photographer has been fascinated with the world’s smaller creatures inhabiting his native South Carolina since youth. In 2009, his passion for local wildlife became the driving force behind the international photo project, Meet Your Neighbours. Together with Scottish photographer Niall...
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It has been said that all our knowledge begins with the senses. This is certainly the case for Martine Fougeron, who gave up a burgeoning fragrance-industry career as "the nose to the noses" to return to her roots—photography and family. What began as a personal challenge to reconnect with her creative life by photographing the inner world of her two sons and their teen tribe has blossomed into a...
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Abelardo Morell’s photographic life and work can be largely defined by the physics of optics. This is a fancy way of explaining the simple fact that, “If you create a little opening in a dark room, looking out through that opening, an image of the world comes in upside down on the opposite wall,” he explains in a recent video for the San Francisco Museum of Art. In a career spanning more than 30...
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For photography lovers in New York City, the coming of spring signals more than just the promise of nature’s reawakening and added daylight hours—it heralds a chance to be swept up in the fervor of thousands of fine art photographs on view at The Photography Show, organized by The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD). Now in its 39th year, the AIPAD show has been an annual...
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In the world of photography, the name Magnum has been synonymous with photojournalism and visual storytelling of the highest caliber, from the agency’s founding, in 1947, to the present. The artists of this world-renowned collective have documented global events, pushed the boundaries of visual language, and fostered photographic dialogues for more than 70 years. In addition to producing a...
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When scrolling through websites, have you noticed anything different in your browser lately? If not, then log on to Google Chrome and direct your attention to the upper left-hand corner of the address bar. There you will learn if the site you are visiting is “Secure” (using the prefix HTTPS, for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) or “Not Secure” (using the prefix HTTP, for Hypertext Transfer...
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Ami Vitale has a remarkable affinity for life-changing events. A native of South Florida, Vitale was a self-described shy, gawky child who, like many young girls, possessed little confidence. The assessment of a grade school teacher, who told her she was not very good at English, stuck with her for years. “I just thought that I had no ability as a writer, or as a creative person,” she says. “I...
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