Remembering Our Veterans
Nov11

Remembering Our Veterans

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”—Alexander Hamilton For my readers living outside the US:  Veterans Day is an American holiday honoring armed service veterans observed on November 11th. It coincides with rmistice Day or Remembrance Day that are celebrated in other parts of the world and marks the anniversary of the signing of the...

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Understanding Digital Exposure Techniques
Nov10

Understanding Digital Exposure Techniques

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”—Ansel Adams If you agree that the use of light is one of the key ingredients that differentiate a good photograph from a snapshot, it’s necessary to understand proper exposure. Even with today’s cameras, the ability to tweak the exposure at the moment of capture can make or break your image’s quality and content. Caption: This image of a Dodge...

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Renewing Your Creativity
Nov09

Renewing Your Creativity

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”― Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Over the past several years, my personal photography has enjoyed a sort of rebirth. This burst of creativity is sometimes the topic of dinner table conversations between Mary and me. She alternately credits a change in camera brands from the system I’d been using or a change in my home and office environment to the home and...

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Portrait Wednesdays: Madame Butterfly
Nov08

Portrait Wednesdays: Madame Butterfly

“See, the night doth enfold us! See, all the world lies sleeping!” ― Giacomo Puccini With Wordy Wed-nesdays running so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bern-stein’s 1988 book Burning Cold decided to see how many Wed-nesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who-knows-how-many weeks I’ll be showcasing a different image of her...

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New Items Added in Garage Sale
Nov07

New Items Added in Garage Sale

“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.”—Boris Pasternak We just added a some new items to the Garage Sale section of the blog, just in time for some holiday gift shopping. Just as it’s name implies, this new section of the blog is a place where I’ll be selling unused or unneeded equipment. Instead of taking a chance on buying camera gear from strangers on eBay or Craig’s List, I’ll be posting gear...

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Trends in Portrait Photography
Nov06

Trends in Portrait Photography

In the December ’17 issue of Shutterbug magazine, that’s currently on newsstands, I write about trends I foresee for photography in the coming year. I thought I would take this opportunity to look at a subset of these trends, specifically as it relates to portraiture. This isn’t based on any scientific or statistical analysis but a general overview of the style of portraits that I see on social media. And it may be that these trends...

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I’m Not Switching Camera Systems
Nov03

I’m Not Switching Camera Systems

“I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.”— Ernst Haas What follows is a personal opinion on the topic of switching camera systems. It’s offered here as a second opinion in case you’ve been considering making a switch to a different camera system. Bristling with megapixels and the latest features, new cameras generate lots of excitement especially when compared to a...

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