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Fox in Focus Darkroom blog

A collection of Sun photographer Lloyd Fox's Darkroom posts, where he shares his insights and approach to photography. In addition, in these posts he offers a behind-the-scenes look into photo assignments from sports, features, news and fashion to his black and white Instagram posts.

  • The Defining Moment

    The Defining Moment

    I have covered Opening Day in Baltimore for many years and most of the days’ events have been the same for years and happen right on schedule. Fans arrive a few hours before the game, players are always announced and run down the orange carpet one at a time, both teams line the base paths for the...

  • Using lights to balance a scene

    Using lights to balance a scene

    Recently I had a magazine assignment to photograph Christopher Schafer and the miniature skate park he had built in his backyard. Schafer, a clothing designer, has always had a passion for skateboarding so he built a 16-by-30-foot half-pipe in his yard. Skateboarding and custom suits are not normally...

  • The sights and sounds of Orioles spring training

    The sights and sounds of Orioles spring training

    As the Orioles prepare to head north to begin the regular season next week, Baltimore Sun photographer Lloyd Fox looks back at his time in Sarasota, Fla., with a some video highlights.

  • Animating a dunk for social media

    Animating a dunk for social media

    Last Thursday I covered the Poly vs. Stephen Decatur boys’ high school basketball semifinals in College Park. The game made for some great action pictures including several high-flying dunks.

  • On assignment covering students marching against gun violence and for school safety

    On assignment covering students marching against gun violence and for school safety

    One of the things that I enjoy most about being a photojournalist and that sets photojournalism apart from all other types of photography is that you never know what you might be heading out to shoot on any given day. The spontaneity of an event such as the #gunsdowngradesup protest in Baltimore...

  • Following the Birds south for spring training

    Following the Birds south for spring training

    I wanted to share some of my favorite images taken on my assignment at Orioles’ spring training in Sarasota, Florida. It’s been many years since I have traveled to Florida to shoot spring training. So long, in fact, that I forgot how much fun it was trying to make my way through the airport, transferring...

  • Editing black and white images on an iPhone

    Editing black and white images on an iPhone

    I do not take a one-size fit all approach when editing black and white photographs on my iPhone. I use an app called Snapseed, which can be used to edit both color and black and white images. Snapseed, which is also available on Android devices, gives me total control when editing my photos, down...

  • Looking for layers

    Looking for layers

    Occasionally, between assignments, I will wander the streets of Baltimore looking for intriguing black-and-white photographs using my iPhone. I find it very relaxing wandering around with only my iPhone… no story, no subject, just quietly walking the streets and seeing what I can capture. I look...

  • Training with Olympic bobsledder Aja Evans

    Training with Olympic bobsledder Aja Evans

    The U.S. Olympic Bobsled and Skeleton team recently visited Baltimore for an early morning training session and a photo shoot donning their new Olympic uniforms designed by Under Armour. Aja Evans who was a bronze medal winner in the bobsled event at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was the athlete I was...

  • Shooting sports in low light conditions

    Shooting sports in low light conditions

    Last week I was assigned to shoot the Baltimore City Track Championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Because of the extreme low light in the facility after dark, the Armory is a less than ideal location to photograph a sporting event. Sports photography usually requires fast shutter speeds to...

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