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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Holiday lights are a time-honored tradition dating back to 17th-century Europe. But the ingenious idea to brighten the holidays using electric lights is a truly American invention, conceived of in 1882 by Thomas Edison’s business partner, Edward H. Johnson. According to one account, a mere two years after Edison patented the light bulb, Johnson hand-wired 80 red, white, and blue bulbs together...
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Intrepid adventurer Rachel Jones Ross is most in her element amid heaps of puffy snow, blooming frost flowers, skies full of stars, and methane bubbles in ice. After embarking on a psychology career, Ross fell under the spell of capturing the cosmos in awe-inspiring nocturnal landscapes that coax a delicate inner light from the...
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In the southeastern states, holiday lights spread seasonal cheer on the wind like the sweet scents and verdant growth that enlivens the senses in more temperate months. From Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to the Florida Everglades, and stretching westward to the Ozarks of Arkansas and the Louisiana Bayou, festive spirit here is mixed with a hearty dose of Southern hospitality—spanning both...
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Great customer service reigns supreme at B&H as our knowledgeable product specialists help you navigate a vast sea of available options to pick the right gear for your needs. Their product knowledge and passion for practical solutions shine through in every interaction, whether it’s via online chat, by phone, or in person, at our midtown Manhattan store. We recently asked some of our photo,...
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Tis the season for holiday lights, with festive displays dotting the landscape from coast to coast to brighten the waning daylight hours. From the graceful lights and majestic tree in New York’s Rockefeller Center to the whirlwind of sound, color, and lighting in a holiday theme park, such displays are a fantasy land for photographic exploration. To aid you in capturing photogenic moments that...
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Katrin Eismann’s fascination with the visual world started early. “When I was very young, my parents had a faceted crystal stopper on a bottle of cognac, and I would run around the house looking through it, taking pictures … in my mind,” she recalls. She got her first real camera at 12, a little Instamatic that she earned from collecting the S&H Green Stamps her mother gave her from food...
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Paranormal: Phenomena analogous to physical phenomena but with no known physical cause, as mediumistic “raps,” telekinesis, etc. According to an article in the Oxford Journals, the word “paranormal” was first defined, as noted above, in the 1920 revision of Webster’s New International Dictionary of the English...
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What to do with all the pictures? This is one of the thorniest questions facing an active image maker with a sizable, and probably still growing, collection of photographs and/or motion footage, plus other contributing materials that add context to a life behind the lens. In an ideal world, as pictures accumulate, a collection evolves into an archive; yet many photographers lack awareness of this...
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Here’s a hot tip: In addition to photo, video, and audio gear, as well as other tech products, B&H carries thousands of books and tutorials covering the fields of photography, video, audio and computers, plus inspirational titles to get your creative juices flowing. For all you bibliophiles out there, we’ve compiled this shortlist of must-have publications spanning photography basics, photo...
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There is perhaps no truer sign of summer than Independence Day in the United States. The Fourth of July is when the summer season kicks into full gear, with barbeques, pool parties, family gatherings, and road trips galore—not to mention the fireworks!One lead-up to this holiday that I will never forget found me hurtling down the New Jersey Turnpike at sunset in a Greyhound bus. As the twilight...
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As a follow-up to Part 1 of our fireworks story, it’s worth noting that photographing a fireworks show is no easy feat. Readers seeking a how-to guide to this subject need look no further than this Explora article, by Todd Vorenkamp. Yet, as that article notes, and the...
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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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Shortly before turning 16 years old, Barbara Davidson recorded her desire to be a photographer in her high school yearbook. “I had never taken a photo at that point in my life, but that was a decision I had made,” she says. At 18, an image from the first roll of film she ever shot was published in the McGill Daily, an independent student newspaper from Montreal’s McGill University. Davidson says...
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When Abelardo Morell decided to turn a floral bouquet into one of his celebrated photographs as a birthday gift for his wife, little did he know that this touching gesture would evolve into a major series of his work and become the subject of his forthcoming coffee-table book. While his initial motivation to create a colorful floral still life was because it “felt more enduring than actual...
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Brooke Shaden is a storyteller at heart. While her creative pursuits began with writing, she notes, “I’m extremely inspired by storytelling in any form that might take.” She remembers beginning to write as early as when she first started to read. By the time she was 11 or 12, she was taking these creative efforts seriously. “I would try to figure out the most artistic thing to do, so I would go...
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