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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Which Photos Count?
Mar19

Which Photos Count?

Guest Post by Jason Anderson, Canon Blogger There’s an age old axiom that says you truly are not an expert or well-versed in any field until you’ve practiced it for 10,000 hours.  Think about that number.  Ten thousand!  That sounds pretty daunting.  It means taking a lot of photos to get to that level.  Let’s just assume for a minute that in photography, 10,000 hours = 10,000 photos.  That would still take a lot of...

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What’s in Your Filter Wallet?
Dec21

What’s in Your Filter Wallet?

Photographers seem to be of two minds about filters: Purists don’t like them because they abhor anything coming between reality and the captured image. Filter fans worry less about resolution charts and just like to have fun with their photography, which regular readers know is one of the mottoes of this blog. When buying filters there is one overriding concern that should be followed: Don’t put a $19.95 filter on a $1,000 lens. You...

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Blue/Green Screen Portraiture
Dec20

Blue/Green Screen Portraiture

If you’ve been to a movie in the past few years, you’ve seen examples of blue or green screen photography, even if you were unaware of it at the time. Blue or green screen photography is just one of the techniques that are used to show Transformers stomping LA’s skyline into the dust but each night’s weather forecast includes a meteorologist standing in front of a blue background while an animated map of the country is seamlessly...

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Using Night Scene Mode
Oct18

Using Night Scene Mode

Your digital camera’s optional Scene modes, includes lots of different options, including Night Scene Mode that’s been designed for taking photos of people using the camera’s built-in flash to illuminate them while a slow shutter speed opens up detail and color in the background. When making a portrait in front of a cityscape or sunset using any one of the other camera exposure modes that are available, the foreground or the...

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Using a SLR’s Built-in Flash as Fill
Oct17

Using a SLR’s Built-in Flash as Fill

Starting today I’m suspending my Model Monday posts because some of you have told me you don’t like them. In it’s place, I’ve borrowed a page from the Mickey Mouse Club and for the foreseeable future Mondays will be Anything Can Happen Day. If enough of you send me e-mail through the Contact section of the website telling me you miss Model Mondays I’ll bring the feature back, otherwise it’s adios....

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