Focal Points and Fences

Focal Points and Fences

I’ve talked a bit before about using aperture settings to create the blurry background effects. This post will future some bokeh, but it’s more about choosing the focal…

A PSA, Some HDR and Photomatix

Last time I mentioned that I started using bracketing mode for shooting. In bracketing mode, one snap of the button will take several photos over a range of…

White Tree

White Tree

Last week my pollen allergies kicked in and destroyed my immune system. I spent my days coughing, sneezing and being a full-time mouth breather. If there is an…

Stars, Water and Smoke

Photography dying

Is Photography Dying?

I was watching an episode of DigitalRev when I heard photographer Dan Chung claim that photojournalism is a dying profession. I thought that this was a strange thing for a…

Stars in Smoke Finale

Shooting Smoke Part III

Previously on Shooting Smoke… To recap where we are, I started the series by shooting the steam from a cup of tea, them moved on to the humidifier stream….

Smoke II

Shooting Smoke Part II

After shooting the “smoke” from the mug, I realized that I could use the humidifier I had to up the ante. Here’s a look at the setup I used….

Smoke Photography

Shooting Smoke Part I

Don’t be fooled by the feature image. This is not the clichéd mug of tea shot, and this series will not be about shooting warm beverages. As the…

Seeing Through Photographs

Seeing Through Photographs: Free MoMA Course

As I was procrastinating on reddit the other day I found a course submitted by /u/damaso21 called “Seeing Through Photographs.” It’s a series presented by the Museum of Modern Art’s…

Photography rights

Know Your Photography Rights

The very first time that I went shooting around town I got confronted by an overzealous shop owner. I had taken a couple shots of his store sign…

future camera

Will Smartphone Cameras of the Future Replace DSLRs?

I recently saw a story that I wanted to share, which is relevant because I just did a series on mirrorless vs DSLR cameras. I told you that because…

mirrorless vs dslr

Mirrorless vs DSLR Part II: 10 Reasons to Go Mirrorless

Part one of our mirrorless vs DSLR series covered ten reasons you should go with a DSLR camera. Now we’ll give ten reasons to go with a mirrorless….

Mirrorless vs DSLR

Mirrorless vs DSLR Part I: 10 Reason to Get a DSLR

Mirrorless vs DSLR: A non-zealot’s approach In my first post, I jumped right into the thick of the mirrorless vs DSLR camera debate. I showed the thought-process that led me to…

Next Level

How to Take Great Photos Part VII: The Next Level

My Amazing Photo So what’s the next level? There is always more that could be covered in a primer to taking better photos.  Exposure and color balance, for instance, are…

Composition in art

How to Take Great Photos Part VI: Intro to Photo Composition

Putting it all together: Composition You could write a book about composition. It could go into art history, human psychology and voodoo magic. In later posts, I will…

Over ISO

How to Take Great Photos Part V: What is ISO?

The final setting of the three main light controls is ISO. (Pronounce it how you like, it’s not important) ISO is the setting that controls the camera sensor’s…

Aperture Sizes

How to Take Great Photos Part IV: What is Aperture?

Aperture Aperture is a strange word for the size of your shutter hole while its taking a photo. The larger the opening, the more light will be captured….

How to Take Great Photos Part III: What is Shutter Speed?

Shutter Speed Shutter speed is the time that the shutter stays open while capturing the image.  Your camera, if it has a shutter speed option, will display fast…

Manual Stick

How to Take Great Photos Part II: Why Manual?

Manual Mode Most professional photographers shoot in some form of manual mode. The reason for shooting in manual is the same as the reason for driving in stick….