Archive for May, 2010

Birds in Flight: Making Pictures, Fast & Furious

Birds in Flight: Making Pictures, Fast & Furious

I went by the rookery in New Orleans’ Audubon Park this weekend, armed with a Canon 400, a monopod and a fast Canon motor drive…

Weekend Photography Links May 29, 2010

Weekend Photography Links May 29, 2010

Here are some things I’ve run across this week that I found interesting. It’s an eclectic mix, so take a look and see what you think…

A Sago Encore

A Sago Encore

After all of my Sago palm photography this last month, I thought I was finished shooting them for now…till this last member of the tribe decided to show signs of life!..

How to Pack for a Photography Daytrip

How to Pack for a Photography Daytrip

When I’m going on a photography hike/hunt, I like to prepare and pack carefully. There’s nothing worse than being out in the field and realizing, too late, that you’ve forgotten that extra camera battery, or just as bad, that extra flash card wallet, back on your desk at home….

Oil Spill Over My Heart

Oil Spill Over My Heart

I’ve been mostly absent from The Discerning Photographer these last couple of weeks, my blogging production down to almost zero. The reason is interesting and depressing at the same time: the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, just 100 miles south of my great city of New Orleans…

The Care and Feeding of a Photo Blog (or Garden)

The Care and Feeding of a Photo Blog (or Garden)

My wife and I grow a vegetable garden here most months of the year and right now we’re in the late Spring/early Summer planting mode. There’s lots to do, lots to plan and design, lots of work that needs to happen now if we want to reap the benefits later on in the summer….sort of like this photo blog!

Quick Tip: Turn Off Your Point n’ Shoot’s Flash

Quick Tip: Turn Off Your Point n’ Shoot’s Flash

Here’s a Quick Tip that will improve the photography you make with almost any point and shoot camera: go into the menu and turn off the built-in flash….

Controlling Your Photo’s Background, Part II

Controlling Your Photo’s Background, Part II

After writing my last post about controlling your photo’s background with proper depth of field, I found myself thinking about other ways in which I go about controlling the background. The most important technique I frequently employ is simply eliminating the background altogether….

How to Control Your Photograph’s Background

How to Control Your Photograph’s Background

One of the issues that frustrates many beginning photographers is how to control the background in their photos. It can be a problem when too much of what’s in the photo is in focus, or in other cases, not enough…