Manual Exposure: It’s Not Just for Purists
Jul13

Manual Exposure: It’s Not Just for Purists

Accurate exposure start with you correctly setting the lens aperture and shutter speed (and ISO too, I guess.) You can set the exposure yourself manually or let the camera do it for you. The manual method requires either a separate hand-held light meter or you can use the one that’s built into the camera. For 90% of photographs you’ll make, the metering systems inside DSLR and mirrorless cameras do a fantastic job in producing...

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Wordy Wednesday #449: “Path Through the Infrared Wood”
Jul12

Wordy Wednesday #449: “Path Through the Infrared Wood”

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ― John Muir I’ve often said, and it’s worth repeating that Zion National park is one of the best places that I’ve found, so far anyway, to shoot infrared.I’ve always wanted to host an Infrared Workshop at Zion and if any potential sponsors are reading this, please contact me and maybe we can work something out for readers of this blog. The 229-square-mile park is...

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One Light Boudoir Photography
Jul11

One Light Boudoir Photography

Experiment. Don’t go out with preconceptions of what a picture will look like. That will block you from being receptive to something new and exciting. — Mason Resnick Mason’s statement applies to all kinds of photography, including boudoir or intimate portraiture where it’s too easy to pose a subject in “Pose A”, then move then into “Pose B,” making the whole process so mechanical R2D2 could make this kind of portrait. But...

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Quick Lens Changes When Shooting Outdoors
Jul10

Quick Lens Changes When Shooting Outdoors

“Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.”—Henri Frederic Amiel   As Jason Anderson advised in his post, “How to Keep Your Sensor Clean,” Avoid changing lenses in the field. Dust enters from any uncontrolled area and the place where you have the least control is in the field. But the reality is that sometime you just gotta change lenses. MindShift Gear’s Lens Switch Case ($42.50) is a modular...

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Why It’s a Good idea to Test
Jul07

Why It’s a Good idea to Test

Back when everybody shoot film, testing was an important part of improving your photography and most people wouldn’t shoot an assignment or any critical images before testing the concept or gear beforehand. Before clicking the shutter, medium and large format studio shooters used (expensive) Polaroid film  and others would shoot test rolls or run clip tests before trying anything new. Along comes digital capture with its instant...

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Cloudy Day Portraiture
Jul06

Cloudy Day Portraiture

“I’ve never taken a photograph of someone and created a persona, I’ve just discovered what was already there.” ― Anthony Farrimond There are all kinds of cloudy days, especially this time of year when there is always a threat (but never the rain) of a thundershower late in the afternoon. Then there are the heavy overcast lighting conditions that produce what I like to call “muddy light” that I seldom encounter in Colorado...

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It’s Not the Equipment, It’s the Photographer
Jul05

It’s Not the Equipment, It’s the Photographer

“At this point, I have… come to the realization that neither equipment, nor technique can make up for inspiration, vision and message.”—Dan K. Let’s get this out of the way first: Equipment doesn’t make portraits, people do. It’s obvious that you’ll need a camera and some kind of light source, even if it’s two lightbulbs (as was the case in this image) or the sun, to shoot portraits but you...

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