Inspire

New photo show coming in October!

New photo show coming in October!

I have a big show opening next month at the Henry Hood Gallery and now it’s a frenzy to get ready…

Katrina memories on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Katrina memories on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Another fruitful morning of shooting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast between Gulfport and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina memories are everywhere.

iPhone images: shooting what you see

iPhone images: shooting what you see

iPhone images appear before my eyes, waiting to be photographed. A reflection on how iPhone images have enriched my experience as a photographer…

Web

Andrew Newey and his  honey hunter photos

Andrew Newey and his honey hunter photos

Andrew Newey has incited controversy in some quarters by his photography of Nepalese honey hunters. But the images are beautiful…

Nelson Mandela photos at The Big Picture

Nelson Mandela photos at The Big Picture

Boston.com’s photo blog, The Big Picture, has a great collection of images about the death of Nelson Mandela on their site right now.  Most of the images are new and do a great job of showing the variety of ways in which the world has noted this seminal event. Take a look, but be prepared […]

Alexandra Boulat: National Geo’s photo blog, Proof, on war photographer

Alexandra Boulat: National Geo’s photo blog, Proof, on war photographer

My old boss and friend, National Geographic senior photo editor Kurt Mutchler, has a wonderful remembrance of Alexandra Boulat, a wonderful photographer who covered conflict all over the globe before dying of a brain aneurysm in 2007 at the age of 45…

How To

White Balance: what you need to know

White Balance: what you need to know

Do you understand White Balance and know how to control it? Or are you afraid to venture past the Auto White Balance setting? Here are the essential facts.

Christmas photography tips

Christmas photography tips

One of the duties that tends to fall to you as the photographer in your family will be that of Christmas photography shooter. Having a plan for the family gathering will help you come away with great photos…

Back-Button Autofocus is a technique you should learn

Back-Button Autofocus is a technique you should learn

Does your camera have back-button autofocus? Is it an option on your DSLR to switch between shutter-driven autofocus and thumb-driven back button? If you grew up on shutter-driven autofocus and never bothered to relearn, you’re selling yourself short. Here’s why….

Equipment

Drone Photography: Is it legal? How long?

Drone Photography: Is it legal? How long?

Drone photography may look tempting, but understand the risks before you spend your money on one of these machines. The FAA will eventually catch up…

GoPro Hero3+ snowboards a mountain

GoPro Hero3+ snowboards a mountain

GoPro Hero3+ makes it look easy This video from the Photo Cascadia team–snowshoeing up a mountain in the dark, shooting the sunrise and then snowboarding down–all before breakfast–is another great example of how the rugged little GoPro HERO3+ is changing photography. This simple snowboarding video by Zack Schnepf, using a GoPro mounted onto a light […]

Photography Christmas presents for the landscape shooter

Photography Christmas presents for the landscape shooter

Picking the right photography Christmas presents can be really tough. Don’t have a clue what to get the photographer on your list? If they like to get out and shoot nature or landscapes, here are some photography Christmas presents that will work…

Software

Photoshop Adjustment Layers for great black and white photos

Photoshop Adjustment Layers for great black and white photos

If you know that your final toned image will be in black and white, you need a Photoshop black and white toning workflow that gives you the most power and flexibility to make this happen. Photoshop Adjustment Layers is the best way to accomplish this…

Adobe Creative Cloud, Lightroom and more for $9.99 a month: a deal?

Adobe Creative Cloud, Lightroom and more for $9.99 a month: a deal?

Adobe has just announced a new deal that only runs through December 2: a monthly subscription to the latest version of Photoshop, plus their Lightroom editing product, 20 GB of online storage and a Behance website for $9.99 a month, at least for the first year…

Photoshop Basics: Dodge & Burn, Part II

Photoshop Basics: Dodge & Burn, Part II

This second, newer method is a way to burn and dodge that’s become available in the newer versions of Photoshop now on the market. It involves creating a layer to do the burning and dodging upon, thus leaving the original image information untouched…

Video

Microphones: finding the right DSLR mic

Microphones: finding the right DSLR mic

Our modern DSLR cameras can shoot amazing video. This has been the biggest change in digital photography in the last 5 years—quality video is now possible with a modest investment in gear. But getting quality results requires some additional equipment, mainly in the form of a different tripod and some decent microphones. Today we’re going […]

Kathleen Flynn wins regional Emmy award!

Kathleen Flynn wins regional Emmy award!

Remember that post I wrote last week about all of the great video being done these days by newspaper photographers? One of the pieces I used as an example was the heartwarming story by my staff photographer at Nola.com and The Times-Picayune, Kathleen Flynn…

Amazing video work by ‘still’ photographers

Amazing video work by ‘still’ photographers

One of the big transformations that has taken place within newspaper photojournalism over the past 5 years has been the emergence of video…

Other Recent Posts

The Million Page Views milestone passed by The Discerning Photographer!

The Million Page Views milestone passed by The Discerning Photographer!

Something happened on Monday, December 2, 2013 that I think merits notice: The Discerning Photographer passed the million page views mark! It’s actually pretty humbling to think that the content you have written has been read, or at least looked at, over a million times.

How to shoot macro photos in the freeze and frost

How to shoot macro photos in the freeze and frost

This morning I went out and made macro frost photographs, using my Canon EOS-1D X and 50mm macro lens. This is my favorite lens for all things that mostly tell their stories in the details…

Charles Dharapak’s Instagram photos from the White House

Charles Dharapak’s Instagram photos from the White House

Boston.com’s The Big Picture blog has a great set of Instagram photographs by Associated Press White House photographer Charles Dharapak, a seasoned pro who has seen it all…

Today’s photograph: Live Oak tree swings, Long Beach, Mississippi

Today’s photograph: Live Oak tree swings, Long Beach, Mississippi

Here we see the full-width post option for the first time, with another photograph from my photography road trip this past weekend…

Photography road trips

Photography road trips

Going on a photography road trip: just the sound of it is exciting and a bit mysterious, isn’t it? Here’s my journal from two photo road trips from last weekend…

Today’s Photograph: Sand dune fencing

Today’s Photograph: Sand dune fencing

Here’s a photograph from my early morning shooting trip to the Mississippi Gulf coast over this past weekend. The light was very, very soft and the fog so thick I couldn’t make out the water…

The Discerning Photographer gets a reboot, new WordPress theme

The Discerning Photographer gets a reboot, new WordPress theme

You may have noticed a new look and feel to The Discerning Photographer recently. An awful process that started when the site was hacked a couple of months ago comes finally to resolution with this new rollout…