We all know about moody teenagers, right? In fact it’s almost a cliché—mom takes camera to event, mom points camera at moody teenager, moody teenager ducks behind another person or object in order to avoid being photographed. It’s maddening. And if you are the parent of that reluctant photographic subject, even more so. Continue Reading »
There’s no doubt that you love your pet, and if you had to say why, I know you could come up with a myriad of different reasons. And I’d bet money that one of those reasons would be “his personality
We love our pets in part because their fun and funny personalities make us smile, and because in a world of furry faces each animal is his own unique individual. So although you may have hundreds of portrait-style photographs of your pet, how many do you have that actually do a good job of letting your viewer know what his personality is like? If your answer is “not many,” then you need some strategies. Keep reading for my best tips on how to capture personality in your pet photos. Continue Reading »
If you use auto mode, aperture priority mode or shutter priority mode, you may have noticed something. Most of the time, your camera does a pretty good job figuring out how to expose a shot, but every now and then—maybe even more frequently than you’re comfortable with—you get a photo that’s really overexposed, or really underexposed. How can this happen in auto mode (or priority mode) and is there anything you can do about it? Read on to find the answer. Continue Reading »
If you’re already an old hand at shooting sporting events, you may think you have the rodeo thing figured out. How different could it be? In any sporting event, things move fast, so you need to use a fast shutter speed to get clear pictures. Isn’t that all there is to it? Read on to find out. Continue Reading »
Death is not a subject that most of us like to talk about. It’s inevitable, but we like to pretend like it isn’t. So it’s not really something that we like to represent with our photography, either. After all, how can photographing death possibly be done tastefully? Read on to find out. Continue Reading »
Photographers spend a pretty large part of the learning stages trying to master the art of the perfectly exposed photo. A perfectly exposed photo, as they would have you believe, has a classic bell curve-shaped histogram that rises in the middle and tapers off gradually towards the highlight side and the shadow side. Now don’t get me wrong, I am in no way disparaging that classic histogram or the perfect exposure that goes along with it. But we should be questioning that word “perfect,” because perfect is nearly always in the eye of the beholder. And while there is a lot to be said for mastering that classically “perfect” exposure, you should not underestimate the power of also mastering the moody exposure. Read on to find out how. Continue Reading »
We tend to think of our cameras as tools for capturing reality. When you take a photo, it’s like a two dimensional copy of the real world, with everything reproduced more or less accurately. But if you’ve spent any time really studying the photos you take and comparing them to the real world, you’ll see that this is not always the case. Variations in focal length, camera angle and in your lenses themselves can produce subtle—and not so subtle—distortions of the reality you thought you were accurately reproducing. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. Read on to find out why. Continue Reading »
Aperture is one of the three settings that make up “the exposure triangle.” Along with shutter speed, your aperture essentially controls how much light reaches your image sensor. Your image sensor, in turn, is responsible for forming the image, which is then saved to your memory card.
Because aperture is one of the three settings that you can use to control exposure, it may not be immediately clear why it might make a difference whether you choose a large aperture or a small one, just so long as you’re getting the correct exposure. But while getting good exposure should be one of your primary goals as a photographer, it doesn’t address things that you can do creatively to change your results. So with that in mind, here are a few situations where you might need a large aperture—both from a practical standpoint and from a creative one. Continue Reading »
If you’re like most pet-owning photographers, you have close to a billion photographs of your favorite dog or cat. Well maybe not a billion exactly, but let’s face it, your pet might actually be the most photographed pet in all the world. You’ve got pictures of him sleeping, you’ve got pictures of him sitting, you’ve got pictures of him standing around and you’ve got pictures of him just being generally adorable. But unless you’ve really spent some time thinking creatively about all the different ways you might be able to photograph him, the chances are you don’t have many images that have that real “wow” factor, or the ability to really impress someone who doesn’t already know your pet well. In this article, I’m going to let you in on some secrets for fun and unusual pet portraits that aren’t like anything you have in your current photo album. Read on to find out more. Continue Reading »
There are some things about photography that remain as true today as they were 100 years ago. Narrow apertures produce photos with broad depth of field, for example, while wide apertures produce images with shallow depth of field. Fast shutter speeds freeze action, slow shutter speeds create motion blur. And high ISOs create images with noise or grain, while low ISOs do not. Except that the last one isn’t really true anymore—but people still think it is. Read on to learn more. Continue Reading »
This is a question I hear from photographers at all learning stages, and unfortunately I can’t give you a black and white answer. Travelling with or without your DSLR is a very personal choice, and you might make a different decision than I would. What I can do for you, however, is give you a list of questions that you’ll want to answer before you decide whether to pack up your DSLR or leave it at home. Continue Reading »
If you’re like most other photographers, you almost certainly have some trees in your portfolio. You are drawn to them because they have great natural beauty and interesting shapes. They’re colorful, too. During the summer their leaves are a brilliant green, and in the autumn they turn spectacular shades of red, orange and yellow. In the springtime some of them will bear flowers. But many of us don’t ever go beyond stepping back and taking a photo of the tree in its entirety. After all, trees can be huge and imposing, and it seems natural to try and capture the whole impressive thing in a single image. But the really cool thing about trees is that they are more than just the sum of their parts.
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Shhhhh! Did you hear that? Is it the moans of the undead? The groans of trapped souls? Or is it just you looking in disappointment at last year’s Halloween photos? Continue Reading »
Are drones the future of photography? Probably.
In recent years, these amazing flying contraptions have become tremendously popular among photographers, and it’s easy to see why. You only have to look at the stunning photos and videos – all of which would have been extremely difficult or virtually impossible with any regular, non-airborne camera – to be convinced of the endless possibilities that drone photography has to offer.
Being a travel photographer, I knew I had to jump on the drone bandwagon. I could definitely see myself enjoying drone photography, and I knew it would give me more artistic freedom and provide me with exciting new opportunities for capturing the unbelievable sights that I frequently came upon during my travels.
With that in mind, I began my drone photography journey.
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