Shooting Available Light  Travel Photography
Jan31

Shooting Available Light Travel Photography

My favorite lenses for indoor available light photography are fast prime focus lenses but I still use zoom lenses  when traveling because you rarely have the kind of choices for camera locations and positions you have under more controlled conditions. If you care about image quality, forget the digital zoom feature found on some cameras. It simply crops and saves a small portion of the sensor’s data, then interpolates this new,...

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Proper Exposure & ‘The Sunny 16’ Rule
Jan27

Proper Exposure & ‘The Sunny 16’ Rule

“So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”—T. S. Eliot If you agree that lighting is one of the key elements that differentiate a good photograph from a snapshot, then it’s necessary to understand proper exposure. Believe it or not, there was a time when cameras did not have built in light meters, let alone automatic exposure. In those days, photographers either used a hand-held exposure meter or...

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A Finding Glamour Models Trifecta
Nov21

A Finding Glamour Models Trifecta

Where do I find my glamour photography models? That’s a question I get asked lot. Finding glamour models is as easy or difficult as you want to make it. If you work at it methodically and consistently, you’ll discover really good models will find you. Today’s Model Monday post is the next in the series that offers some real-world suggestions on some of the best ways to find glamour models. Secret Number 3: Let everybody know you’re...

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Photographers Block
Nov10

Photographers Block

Today’s Post by Todd Abbotts If you pursue any creative process long enough you’ll most inevitably experience a “block”. Writers, painters, graphic designers, photographers; all creatives can fall prey to this swirling black hole that eats your fresh ideas and new material. Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, likely quit writing novels altogether from a prolonged bout of the malady. On a personal note, I’ve just emerged from my own...

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(Not So) Secrets of Available Light Portraiture
Oct17

(Not So) Secrets of Available Light Portraiture

The best way to improve your portrait photography is  practice. Make sure that you shoot anything each week so you get to the point where you don’t have to think about how to operate your gear. The following suggestions are hardly secrets and may be what  you already know but may be tucked into the back of your mind, languishing and waiting to be jogged. Here’s that jog: Search for interesting locations. New things inspire me. It can...

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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...

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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...

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