White Balance Concepts
Oct11

White Balance Concepts

Most of us think about daylight as the “proper time” for making photographic exposures with photo ops at night or later in the day are often overlooked. They shouldn’t be, but even all colors of daylight are not the same. You’ve often heard me say “Light is light” but it’s not always the same color. The color temperature emitted by various light sources is measured in degrees on the Kelvin scale. The sun on a clear day at noon is 5500...

Read More
Tips for Photographing Fireworks
Jul01

Tips for Photographing Fireworks

“We’re going to live on; we’re going to survive. Today we celebrate our Independence day.”—“President Bradford” in the (original) film Independence Day Some photographic subjects, such as fireworks or lightening, can’t easily—at least for me—be captured using any of the standard exposure metering systems but some cameras, including some from Olympus, offer a Fireworks Mode that slows the shutter speed and sets the focusing point to...

Read More
Getting the Most from a Built-in Flash
Jun30

Getting the Most from a Built-in Flash

These days, cameras have built-in flash but not the so-called Pro models, even though having a small flash available with the click of a button can make the difference between a good photograph and a not-too-good one. If you’re photographing a static subject sometimes the best way to get a properly exposed photograph is not to use flash at all and instead place your camera on a tripod and use available light. If you don’t own a tripod...

Read More
Using a Handheld Meter for Portraits
Jun17

Using a Handheld Meter for Portraits

All modern cameras have some kind of built-in light meters and some even have spot meters but I still occasionally use a hand-held meter, especially when photographing people outdoors. My current hand-held meter is an old Gossen Luna Star F2. Yes it’s old but it’s also small, lightweight and takes reflected or the incident readings I like to use when making portraits. (Incident metering reads the intensity of light falling on...

Read More
Getting Started with Photographing Models
May02

Getting Started with Photographing Models

You may be interested in trying to photograph models but think that it’s difficult, you need lots of expensive equipment, or that models are hard to find. As Señor Wences once famously said, “Is difficult for me, is easy for you.” This could apply to model photography too if you don’t know an f-stop from a shortstop but it’s going to much less difficult if you’ve been shooting with an SLR or mirrorless camera for a while and are...

Read More
Wordless Wednesday #190 “Bright Lights”
Dec30

Wordless Wednesday #190 “Bright Lights”

Today’s Post by John Larsen Every night when I drive home from work I go through this village that has a bunch of lights up for the holiday season and told myself that I would have to get out and shoot them-from the car. Here’s a shot I made last week. I made it with a remote triggered Canon EOS 7D mounted on suction cup on the sunroof of my car. Lens was a Tamron 11-19mm set at 11mm that was manually focused with a 10 second shutter...

Read More
Cooking in the JPEG Kitchen
Sep22

Cooking in the JPEG Kitchen

Digital imaging is different and more convenient than film photography. The ability to select a white balance, choose a favorable ISO speed and view images on the fly are just to name a few. To put these tasty morsels in play, we’ve had to expand our horizons and elevate our learning curves. And there’s the inevitable question: JPEG or RAW? If you already didn’t know it, JPEG is an acronym for the Joint Photographic Experts...

Read More