Any light, when it strikes an object, will do one of three things. The light energy can be absorbed, in which case it is converted to some other energy such as heat. It can be reflected or refracted. In most cases, it will do some of all of these things. The reaction most people expect is the reflection.Read More
Your digital camera uses a set of computer instructions that defines the functionality of the hardware. This read-only code is called Firmware. And, like any computer code, it can be updated periodically to either fix unintended issues or add functionality to your camera.Read More
The first technique I tried to master with my new lens when I started out, was the zoom/blur. The idea was to shoot a very slow shutter speed while zooming the lens while the shutter was open. It produced the coolest effects and I often did this for personal pictures but never professional work. That is, until I needed to change the energy of a picture.Read More
What could be better than photographing a beautiful garden in a gentle springtime rain shower? Of course, you don't want to lay down on the muddy ground or get your equipment soaked. But think about those potential images!Read More
Fog can add a beautiful element in your photography and the results can be quite unique and etherial if it's handled well.Read More
This is not an editing how-to post. But it is a little bit of a wake up call to remind us all that with a very slight bit of what I call "polishing", we can make improvements that we simply were never able to do in my film days. There were the usual filters we could stack in front of our lenses but we had no control over the amount of any filtration effect.Read More
We’ve found a wonderful photographic “Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer” in a product called Luminar by Macphun. Luminar combines all kinds of pro-level photo tools in one package. But unlike other tools, Luminar brings layers and blending modes, luminosity masks, radial and gradient masking, histogram, and much more.Read More
Negative Space is the space that surrounds your subject in an image but does not distract from the intended subject. Using negative space effectively in the design of the image can create some very powerful photographs.Read More
My message this week is a simple one. Get connected. We all live in neighborhoods where we have good friends, nice family members, community connections and none of them share our concerns, fears, celebrate our wins or help us mourn our losses. However, when you walk to the registration desk at a local camera club, local or regional PPA, ASMP, PSA, or other association or group, you may be pleasantly surprised that you are surrounded by people just like you.Read More
When white light passes through a prism, a rainbow of colors is produced. This phenomenon occurs because of the prism’s index of refraction varies depending on the wavelength of the light. It's pretty when it happens in school. But when your camera lens does this, it can ruin an image.Read More
As you can imagine, there are a lot of light painting techniques that each provide differing results. No one way of doing it is the right way. Let’s boil it down - light painting uses various tools and techniques resulting in images that take on a unique style.Read More
Photography is supposed to be fun so why not try something new and different? In a recent workshop, I was playing with painting with light as it has made a recent resurgence in the market. More and more people are amazed at what is possible today.Read More
Did you know that you have virtually no protection under copyright law today?
Sure, you’ve been told that the very moment you capture a photograph, that image is owned by you and protected by copyright laws.
What is often overlooked is that our one-size-fits-all copyright system is grossly ineffective in protecting the hundreds of thousands of small-business creatives.Read More
Happy New Year. Are you ready for 2017 - we are!Read More
One trait that every really great photographer has is that they tend to be wonderful problem solvers. As you walk out and explore the world you realize that the subjects you want to photograph are seldom beautifully lit.Read More
When you look back in time, you’ll notice an often confusing web of relationships with seemingly unrelated things. Charles Panati, in his book Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things, writes about the development of photographic film and it's relationship to, of all things, ivory.Read More
Fast forward to a great little DIY fix for this situation. Can’t read a label? In the hotel shower and you can’t read the labels to know which is the shampoo and which is the conditioner since they look exactly alike?
Here’s the trick: Make yourself a small aperture to view through, even without your glasses. Make one of those “A-OK” signs with your hand, a loose fist, with your finger closed inside of your thumb. Then make the hole smaller and smaller and smaller, until there is barely an opening to see through….then look through that as you read a label, newsprint, or the like. Put your eye right up against the tiny little opening and you won’t believe how sharp things will appear to you.Read More
Put a wide angle lens up to your eye and things look farther away and some objects look distorted. Do the same with a telephoto lens and objects look closer. They seem magnified and objects appear compressed. This phenomenon is called perspective distortion and some folks would say that each lens provides a different perspective. But how’s this for shaking things up?
Perspective is not controlled by the lens.Read More
Regardless of your method of presenting your work, the fact is that nothing you can do is more important than your content. No one cares how much trouble it was for you to get a specific picture and nobody cares about the story behind the image. They simply care about the quality of the image.Read More
“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” Well, if that’s true, then maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit.Read More