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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Wordy Wednesday #455: Cooking in the JPEG Kitchen
Aug23

Wordy Wednesday #455: Cooking in the JPEG Kitchen

Today is National Sponge Cake Day—the quintessential classic of the cake world Digital imaging is, in most ways, more convenient than film photography. The ability to choose a white balance, select an ISO speed and view images on the fly, to name just a few. But there’s the inevitable question: JPEG or RAW? JPEG is an acronym for Joint Photographic Experts Group who, in 1986, created the standard for digital still images that defines...

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Your Photography is What You Make of it
Jul31

Your Photography is What You Make of it

“Llamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.”—old Andean folk song Today’s Rant by Joe Farace There’s an old Latin saying that, “Life isn’t given to anyone, but just given on loan to everyone.” When applied to my own photography I think this means that I should be spending my time making the kind of images that I like. My personal belief is that the process of making photographs extends far...

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Motorsports Photography: Weather or Not
Jul18

Motorsports Photography: Weather or Not

“I love cold, rainy weather.”—Catherine Bell There are a few photographers that don’t want to venture out in the rain, afraid that their cameras and lenses, or perhaps their own delicate selves, will be damaged. (After all, look what water did to the witch in the Wizard of Oz.) Don’t be afraid of getting wet. You can always cover your camera with my old stand-by shower cap that most decent (anyway) hotels provide in...

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Summertime Means it’s Racing Season
Jun26

Summertime Means it’s Racing Season

I often get questions about photographing racecars and while most of those questions are about capturing on-track action, that’s only part of the deal. The part we don’t often talk about is safety when around fast cars. Some of this advice may seem obvious but if you follow these tips, I’ll guarantee it will result in better images because there won’t be any distractions. Park your vehicle in a designated parking spot in a designated...

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Let’s Photograph Cars in Castle Rock, CO
May26

Let’s Photograph Cars in Castle Rock, CO

One of my favorite car shows is the annual Classic Rock Cruise-In that’s being held on June 17 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The event is held on streets of Castle Rock, Colorado, which was founded in 1874. Castle Rock is just off Interstate 25 and is 28 miles south of Denver and 37 miles north of Colorado Springs, making it easy to get to from anywhere in Colorado’s front range. Space is available for 300 cars and while I didn’t...

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Wordy Wednesday #442: Homage to Jerry Garcia
May17

Wordy Wednesday #442: Homage to Jerry Garcia

“I’m gonna beat it on down the line.”—The Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s. He performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995.). The VW Microbus was also a symbol of the 1960s....

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