Equipment

Why I Love Gaffer Tape and Why You Need It

Why I Love Gaffer Tape and Why You Need It

Gaffer Tape: do you know what it is? If you don’t, think black, fabric-based duct tape, but without the sticky residue. That’s right: no residue! This is the single most important distinction between gaffer tape and duct tape, and the reason you need to get a roll or two of this stuff….

Oil Slick Photography from a Unique Perspective

Oil Slick Photography from a Unique Perspective

Anthony Jacobs is a former Getty Images editor and New York City resident who has started an interesting new service called perspectiveAerials: low-altitude aerial photography using a model helicopter, digital camera (Canon 5D Mark II) and remote trigger…

How to Tell That You’re Ready for a DSLR Camera

How to Tell That You’re Ready for a DSLR Camera

When you know, you just know, right? It’s fun to think about sometimes though. I shoot the occasional point ‘n shoot photo like everybody else, and I still get frustrated almost every time I pick one of the things up. What follows is my check list of things that indicate you’re ready for the big upgrade…

A Photo Kit for All Seasons

A Photo Kit for All Seasons

Are you in the process of assembling your first ‘serious’ set of photo equipment, and wondering what it should contain? Are you wanting to minimize mistakes while putting together this investment? Or maybe you’re a veteran shooter with your own version of the ‘all weather’ kit. What follows are my suggestions for an all-season, all-purpose photo kit…

Megapixel Mania

Megapixel Mania

The megapixel—which, incidentally, is one million pixels—has become an advertising and marketing person’s dream metric—keep adding more of ’em, and they’ll keep buying more of ’em. But should this be your primary consideration when making a new camera purchase?

How to Choose That First Additional Camera Lens

How to Choose That First Additional Camera Lens

For beginning photographers, picking the right lens for each shooting situation can seem like a daunting challenge. How do you know where to start? We’ll answer these questions here and give you a good basic understanding of how different lenses will affect your results.

A Photographer’s Christmas Wish List

A Photographer’s Christmas Wish List

What Christmas gift to get the photographer on your list? Always a tricky issue for a spouse/girlfriend/significant other/buddy. Now you can solve this problem by simply sending them this post at The Discerning Photographer! All of the items on this list are things I use myself in my daily work….

Buying Your First Digital SLR Camera

Buying Your First Digital SLR Camera

So you’ve gotten to the point that this photography thing is really starting to occupy all of your waking moments-you’ve been bitten by the bug, and you want a better camera! What should you buy? Here are my thoughts for you….

Tripods: When to Use Them, What to Buy

Tripods: When to Use Them, What to Buy

I was out shooting candlelit cemeteries on All Saints Day – a local tradition in some communities in south Louisiana-when I found myself thinking about tripods. When to use one, when not? Read on…

Get an Image Browser

Get an Image Browser

To improve your photography, you need to be able to quickly scan, assess and compare images from a shoot. You need to be able to open them up quickly, without having to wait for Photoshop, and you need to be able to annotate them, add captions and keywords on the fly, and possibly rename them. A good image browser will do all of these things and more! Read on….

Shooting With Just One Lens

Shooting With Just One Lens

I like to advise photographers seeking to improve their skills to try spending a day with just one fixed focal length lens. It really is a great exercise, as the confines/parameters of the fixed focal length force you to truly “see” in that perspective…

Photography Then & Now

Photography Then & Now

Do you ever yearn for photography ‘back in the day’? Long to be quietly making prints in a romantic, dim darkroom? Think that life would be so much nicer with just a couple of rolls of actual film in your pocket? Here’s a reflection upon what has changed and what has not in the world of photography over the course of my career…..

What Photo Gear to Take Backpacking

What Photo Gear to Take Backpacking

Picking the right photo equipment for a backpacking trip can make the difference between success and failure when weight considerations play such an important role in your choices. Read here for how I decide which items to bring on a multi-day trip.(Includes video)

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 […]