The Crop Factor Explained
October 21, 2013  Author:  

Teaching in the Career Training, Workshops and Photo Weekends programs for RMSP I get a lot of questions. (Bring ‘em on, I love questions!)  One equipment-related topic seems to be more of a stumbling block for new photographers than any other.  At some point we’re all told that our lenses are going to perform differently […]

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Dragonflies – Guest Article by Steve Russell
July 18, 2013  Author:  

It’s easy to miss them – as I did for years riding my bike fast around the local lake – and easy to dismiss them as they whiz by at breakneck speed. But up close, dragonflies have an amazing array of colors, and set against nature’s greens and yellows and oranges and blues they make […]

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Sweet and Easy Flash Exposure
July 9, 2013  Author:  

Balancing ambient and flash exposure in photography has perplexed humankind since its beginnings when flash powder (yikes!) was used to light things up in the early 1800s. These early pioneers had to rely on intimate knowledge of manual flash exposure to get things right.            – ©BlitzlichPulverPhotography With recent advances in […]

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Extending Your Depth of Field
June 5, 2013  Author:  

Sometimes it is just impossible to get everything completely sharp within a photo, even if you stop down to the smallest aperture (such as f22 or f32). This may be due to using longer focal length lenses (which inherently give us less depth of field), or it could be that you are trying to get […]

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Sketching With Your Smart Phone
May 10, 2013  Author:  

The smart phone – specifically the iPhone – has certainly caused a bit of a revolution and excitement when it comes to photography and as a professional I’ve embraced the craze, too. Some of my favorite images have been captured with this clever little device. Nowadays, we have the ability to shoot, process and share […]

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Two Elements to Better Macro Photography
April 22, 2013  Author:   (1)

I thought that title might suck you in and now that I’ve got your attention I want to tell you about my favorite accessory for macro photography.  It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to macro and want to buy some gear or if you’ve been shooting for years and already own a macro […]

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Experimenting with HDR to Improve Definition of Detail in Your Images
February 15, 2012  Author:   (5)

High dynamic range (HDR) photography has been around through film and digital technologies and whether you are attracted or repelled by the outcome of its application, it’s definitely here to stay.  Some newer digital cameras are even starting to have HDR built right in to let you see what multiple images will look like before […]

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Shooting Damsels and Dragons – Flies, That Is
September 20, 2011  Author:  

  Damselflies and Dragonflies are some of the most curious, colorful, and strangest looking creatures I’ve run across in my quest for macro subjects, and also some of the most challenging and rewarding to shoot. I stumbled upon a popular roost for Damselflies in the park earlier this summer and shot them for at least […]

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Let Color Guide You to Better B&W Images
May 19, 2011  Author:   (5)

I am learning how the techniques for making better B&W film photographs have direct application to my digital B&W images as well, which is a great way to retain the heritage of previous knowledge as technology changes.  Not surprising, though, since light is light regardless of the tools we use. For years I didn’t quite […]

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Creating Star Trail Images (Part II)
March 16, 2011  Author:   (5)

It’s time for the second installment on shooting star trails. In Part II I explain how to take the group of images you captured in your camera (from Part I) and put them together into one complete image. Before we start, I would like to point out that while  this is the way I like […]

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Backpacking With Your Camera
December 14, 2010  Author:   (13)

I have gone on many backpacking trips in the past few years.  One thing that I always have to consider when I’m preparing is, what camera equipment should I take along? The following information doesn’t apply only to backpacking; it also really applies to any instance when you’re doing some sort of outside adventure and […]

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Tilt-Shift Lenses (Part II)
November 16, 2010  Author:   (12)

Welcome to Part II of my two-part post on tilt-shift lenses.  Part I addressed the tilt function of these unique tools. This week, I will be talking about the other control that is available – the shift. To put it VERY simply, shifting the lens (either up, down, left or right) gives the photographer the […]

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Tilt-Shift Lenses (Part I)
November 9, 2010  Author:   (6)

Few things are more iconic of the older style of photography than that of the photographer using a view camera with a black cloth over their head. I know that when I was a kid, I viewed a serious photographer as one of those people. Needless to say, things have changed quite a bit since […]

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The Quest for the Perfect Camera-The Micro Four Thirds Camera System
July 19, 2010  Author:   (16)

As long as the search for a perfect camera persists, I’ll offer my two cents. My new camera, the Panasonic Lumix GF1, has really impressed me in the past month or so…

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