Archive for December, 2013

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.

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.

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 […]

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…

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 […]

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 […]

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…

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.

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…

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….