Archive for June, 2009

How to Photograph in the Rain

How to Photograph in the Rain

Shooting photos when the rain is coming down requires a few special techniques to keep your gear dry and you shooting. Read more here to see how The Discerning Photographer handles this challenge…

Quick Tip — Two-fingered fill flash

Quick Tip — Two-fingered fill flash

Here’s a tip I was taught by an old news photographer when I first got my start in the business. When you’re shooting bounce flash and need to fill the light in people’s eyes so there’s no dark sockets there, a great technique to use is “two fingers” fill light.  Simply hold your off-camera strobe […]

Dancing with Light & Shadow

Dancing with Light & Shadow

I went for an early morning of personal photography in the New Orleans French Quarter last week, up before dawn to make the drive across Lake Pontchartrain to the Crescent City. I felt the usual excitement as I headed across the bridge, not unlike the excitement I felt as a child going on early morning […]

Quick Tip—Remove a color cast in Photoshop

Quick Tip—Remove a color cast in Photoshop

Here’s a great, quick way to clean up a bad color cast in Photoshop. Maybe you had a mixed-light situation. Or maybe you simply had your camera set for the wrong color temperature, (say, still having your camera set on fluorescent lighting but shooting in tungsten lighting). Regardless, here’s the first thing I always try […]

Quick Tip — Get an off-camera strobe cord

Quick Tip — Get an off-camera strobe cord

Learning how to use an off-camera strobe cord can dramatically improve the quality of your portable strobe shooting. This Quick Tip shows you how…

Photographing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Photographing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Even without a press pass and special access, shooting the New Orleans Jazzfest can be a great time if you slow down and look for those images around you…

Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO–understanding how these relate and how to exploit them

Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO–understanding how these relate and how to exploit them

Understanding the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO is the key to mastering basic photographic exposure. Read on for some real-life examples of how to handle these dynamic elements…

The Equipment I Use

The Equipment I Use

–“What lens did you shoot that with?” Frequently after giving a presentation about my work before a group, this is the first question that gets asked. It’s the one that grates the most! Not ‘what were you thinking’,  ‘how did you approach that subject’, or  ‘how did you handle the lighting’  but ‘what lens did […]

On Finding Time to Shoot

On Finding Time to Shoot

Finding time to shoot your own personal photography is one of the toughest challenges we all face. Once you get beyond work you have been commissioned to shoot, finding time for your own personal photography can be a challenge, whether you are a seasoned pro or not. All of life’s other obligations come pressing in […]

It’s All in the Light

It’s All in the Light

LIGHT. All good photography starts with one thing: THE LIGHT. Light is the essence of all photography. Without at least some light we shoot no photos. Learning how to use light creatively is at the heart of all good photography. Idea #1: Great photographic artists learn to love and appreciate beautiful light! It’s the simplest […]

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