Creating Maximum Depth-of-Field
Dec07

Creating Maximum Depth-of-Field

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”—Ansel Adams Other than shooting infrared landscapes, I’m not known as a landscape photographer. Nevertheless, many years ago, I developed a series of personal rules on the “what” and “how” for photographing landscapes that I still follow today. These four principles are not cast in concrete and are presented here only as guidelines for your own explorations in landscape...

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Shooting Portraits by Holiday Lights
Nov27

Shooting Portraits by Holiday Lights

“Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.”—Caroline Kennedy The Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* for Canon EOS is designed for medium and longer distances and provides high-performance capture even when shot wide open and even improves as the lens is stopped down. Lens construction controls flare and ghosting artifacts, resulting in a brilliant...

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Quick Lens Changes When Shooting Outdoors
Jul10

Quick Lens Changes When Shooting Outdoors

“Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.”—Henri Frederic Amiel   As Jason Anderson advised in his post, “How to Keep Your Sensor Clean,” Avoid changing lenses in the field. Dust enters from any uncontrolled area and the place where you have the least control is in the field. But the reality is that sometime you just gotta change lenses. MindShift Gear’s Lens Switch Case ($42.50) is a modular...

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Using a Canon Macro Lens for Portraits
Jun05

Using a Canon Macro Lens for Portraits

The EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens is one of Canon’s L” series lens and their first telephoto macro lens that includes Hybrid Image Stabilization. It works in 1:1 macro mode that compensates for both angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting. As can be seen in this portrait, the subject is a young model with great skin that can easily handle the EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens’ unflinching optics. This...

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Is That Photograph Sharp or Just Acceptably Sharp?
May09

Is That Photograph Sharp or Just Acceptably Sharp?

“If the point is sharp, and the arrow is swift, it can pierce through the dust no matter how thick.”—Bob Dylan Regular readers know that I updated my old computer to a 5K iMac and it’s changed the way I view and work with older images. Images made with older, lower resolution digital cameras and viewed on older, softer CRT monitors don’t compare with how they looked today on higher resolution, crisp and contrasty LCD...

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Two-for-One Lens: Macro & Portrait
May02

Two-for-One Lens: Macro & Portrait

In the podcast about lenses that Barry Staver and I did for our sister blog, Mirrorless Photo Tips, i mentioned briefly in passing how much I liked Panasonic ‘s Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA OIS lens becasuse it is both a great lens for shooting tradiitonal macro-type subjects but is al-aso a wonderfully usef lens for portraits as well. As a macro lens. it lets you to capture subjects in their actual size with a 1:1...

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Why I’m Not an Equipment Snob
Sep29

Why I’m Not an Equipment Snob

I’ve said this before and it’s worth repeating for any new readers to this blog: I am not employed, under contract, or personally sponsored by any camera, photographic or any other kind of company. The ads that you see on the right-hand side are from companies I know and trust and all income from them goes to pay the cost of producing this blog and does not affect what I write. The cameras and lenses that are used to make...

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