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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….

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…

Why It’s Important to Do at Least Some of Your Own Printing

Why It’s Important to Do at Least Some of Your Own Printing

Even though it can be a pain in the butt, I think it’s really important for your development as a photographer to do some of your own printing. Why? For a couple of essential reasons…

The Art of Flower Photography

The Art of Flower Photography

Flower photography doesn’t have to be trite or cliché. Like all other photography, it really depends entirely upon the attitude and approach you bring to it. So leave your assumptions at the door and let’s take a look!

Quick Tip: Velcro ties can organize your photographic life!

Quick Tip: Velcro ties can organize your photographic life!

As a working photojournalist and web videographer, I depend upon lots of cables and cords every day: USB, ethernet, firewire, sync, audio, etc. Velcro cable ties keep me sane and organized….

The Mystery of Composition

The Mystery of Composition

I find composition, with a capital ‘C,’ to be the most mysterious element in photography. How do we go about composing great images? What do we look for? What approach works best? Should we even think about composition as something separate from light?…

Unlock the Power of Shutter Speed in Your Photos

Unlock the Power of Shutter Speed in Your Photos

Learning how to truly control and use shutter speed is one of most important lessons we all must master as photographers. The reason? Your camera’s shutter speed function is the most powerful image-making element in your arsenal of aperture, shutter speed and ISO….

How to Shoot Great Group Photos

How to Shoot Great Group Photos

I know: you hate shooting group shots! But as the photographer in your circle of family or friends, you’ll frequently be called upon to perform this task. Here are my tips for taking great group photos….

Quick Tip—Always Keep a Camera ‘Locked and Loaded’

Quick Tip—Always Keep a Camera ‘Locked and Loaded’

This is an extremely simple, but essential, Quick Tip: always have a camera completely set up and ready to shoot pictures, close at hand. You never know when you’re going to encounter an amazing photograph, and it pays to be ready…

Quick Tip: Shoot With Two Cameras

Quick Tip: Shoot With Two Cameras

Maybe you have a few lenses in your collection now and you’re happy. Maybe you shoot nothing but landscapes or still life photos and don’t see the need. Maybe you just don’t see what you’d do with a second camera body, except to have it as a backup. Here’s why you really need one…

How to Handhold Slow Shutter Speeds

How to Handhold Slow Shutter Speeds

Everyone has encountered this problem: you’re out shooting, working through a situation, when suddenly you find yourself confronted with a photo you want to shoot, but to do so you really should use a tripod, which is blocks away back in the trunk of your car…

How Do You Know When You’ve Got the Shot?

How Do You Know When You’ve Got the Shot?

You’re out photographing, working a situation, looking for the best angle, the best light, the right lens. You’re thinking, framing, composing, then BAM! You shoot an image that you JUST KNOW is the one! The question is, what do you do then? Do you stop? Do you move on? What do you do?

How to Decide: Manual Exposure or Auto Exposure?

How to Decide: Manual Exposure or Auto Exposure?

I have a simple, quick calculation I make when deciding whether to shoot something on Manual exposure or one of the Auto exposure settings on my camera. Here’s how to decide for yourself…

Proper Digital Photography Exposure: How To Get It Right

Proper Digital Photography Exposure: How To Get It Right

Do you know how to properly expose your images with your DSLR? Do you simply put it on one of the automatic settings and let it go at that? How about the ‘+/-‘ exposure setting on your camera? Nailing the best digital photography exposure is not as simple as it might look…

Quick Tip–Managing Your Flash Cards

Quick Tip–Managing Your Flash Cards

Have you ever had that sickening feeling when you realized that you had reformatted a card with images on it that you still needed? That feeling in your stomach, knowing that your day had just gotten a lot harder? Read on….

Do You Know What a ‘Hail Mary’ Photo Is, and How To Shoot One?

Do You Know What a ‘Hail Mary’ Photo Is, and How To Shoot One?

Knowing how to shoot a ‘Hail Mary’ photo is incredibly useful if you’re ever planning on doing any photography in a group/mob setting. Sporting events, political conventions, protests, riots, breaking news—I’ll explain what these photos are and how to shoot them in this post.

Strobe & Blur: How to Harness Motion Blur in Your Photographs

Strobe & Blur: How to Harness Motion Blur in Your Photographs

One of my favorite times of day to shoot is right after dusk, as the light fades. It’s a great time to play with long shutter speeds and a bit of strobe, just to freeze and focus something within your frame. But how do you control these effects? That’s the subject of this post!

Finally, Some Beautiful Light!

Finally, Some Beautiful Light!

After weeks of constant, dreary, soul-sucking rain, a day of beautiful, fabulous light! A few reflections about why we shoot, why it’s good for our very being to pick camera up and go out in search of a great image…..

How to use light balancing gels

How to use light balancing gels

In the flap of my camera bag I keep a wallet with gels cut to fit my portable strobe. The gels all have velcro strips permanently attached to match mating pieces of velcro attached to my strobe. Here’s how to make a set for your strobes and how to use them to improve your results…

Chimping Your Way to Better Photography

Chimping Your Way to Better Photography

“Chimping” refers to the act of shooting a photo, then immediately hitting the “Review” button on your camera to see the how it came out on the camera’s LCD screen. Much like a curious chimpanzee will hold and examine any new object, photographers caught looking at their images immediately after shooting were said to be “chimping”….

Creating Great Panorama Photographs

Creating Great Panorama Photographs

Ever find that trying to shoot those grand vistas proves frustrating? Seeing that sweeping view in front of you, slapping on that super wide angle lens and looking through the viewfinder, only to see all of the fabulous detail of the shot recede into the background? You may want to try photo “stitching.” Read on…

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Quick Tip–Throw Away Your Lens Caps!

Quick Tip–Throw Away Your Lens Caps!

Ever wonder what to do with those lens caps that come on new lenses? Drink coasters, maybe? Here’s a better idea: throw them away and get UV filters for all of your lenses…