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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The Right Filter for the Right Application
Oct17

The Right Filter for the Right Application

When it comes to camera filters, there are those photographers who love them and those that hate’em. Many purists don’t like filters because they don’t want anything coming between reality and the image on their exposed film. Filter fans and I’ll confess to being one don’t worry about resolution charts and like to have fun with their photography. If you’re on the fence, here are a few reasons for using camera filters. When...

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Different Types of Camera Filters
Aug09

Different Types of Camera Filters

Camera filters are available in different shapes, sizes, and materials including delicate gelatin filters that drop into holders or lens hoods, glass filters to screw onto your lenses and rectangular filters that fit modular holders. Gelatin filters are made by dissolving organic dye in liquid gelatin then cutting it into square or rectangular shapes. The most popular size is 3×3 inches, although they’re available up to...

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Using Close-Up Filters for Macro Photography
Jul17

Using Close-Up Filters for Macro Photography

I often hearing people saying, “there’s nothing to photograph!” but what they usually mean is that there are no beautiful blue skies filled with puffy clouds or they’re not on the beach in Cancun. Heck, I wished I was in Mexico right now but if you take the time to look around there are great photographs just waiting to be captured. One of the least obvious photo ops is getting up close and personal with your subject and making macro...

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Shooting Digital Infrared with Filters
Mar27

Shooting Digital Infrared with Filters

The following images were captured while I was making photographs for my book “Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography”  that’s available at your favorite bookseller and Amazon.com. While I used many different kinds of cameras, including Canon and Olympus, to capture IR images for the book these examples were made using a Pentax K100D digital SLR. This photograph (left) was just one of a few images that I was able to make...

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Using Manual or Custom White Balance
Mar07

Using Manual or Custom White Balance

There will come a time when none of your camera’s preset white balance settings will work and that’s when you need to use the Manual option. Sure, it’s a little more labor intensive but after you try it once, you’ll be amazed how well it works under difficult and mixed lighting conditions such as indoor exhibits, conventions centers, and museums. Start by photographing a sheet of white paper under the lighting conditions you...

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Using Analog Filters in a Digital World
Feb29

Using Analog Filters in a Digital World

“What would it be like to be invisible?”—H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man On this ‘What’s In Your Camera Bag Wednesday” I’m taking a look at invisible filters. Unlike that difficult-to-see character in H.G. Wells’ novel or James Whale’s classic 1933 horror movie, you can actually see this filters but I’m using the term here as a way to differentiate them from the filters used for black and white, special effects,...

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