Things to Do in Tokyo When You’re Wet
May16

Things to Do in Tokyo When You’re Wet

A lot of people are surprised to learn that May is the rainiest month in Colorado. But what about Japan? Things to Do in Tokyo When You’re Wet? What else? Make pictures of other people taking pictures in the rain… If it isn’t already obvious, it’s a good idea to pack a small umbrella—one that fits in your camera bag—whenever you travel. I use an inexpensive ($16) Totes Raines collapsible umbrella that folds...

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Here’s a Few Travel Photography Tips
Apr10

Here’s a Few Travel Photography Tips

According to a recent AAA survey, more than 35% of Americans are planning to take a vacation of 50 miles or more away from home involving two or more immediate family members this year. Here’s a few tips that will help you not only make some nice photographic memories but also make the trip more enjoyable: Don’t carry so much gear that you get bogged down in the technical aspects of making photographs that you forget why you’re...

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It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature
Mar31

It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature

Back in the film days, when I was attending the Maryland Institute, College of Art, I created a series of upside-down images that were made by first shooting a photograph of urban architecture, then making a double-exposure by turning the camera upside-down and shooting the identical image creating a sort of optical illusion. This was tricky to do with a 35mm camera because in those days SLRs were designed to prevent accidental...

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Travel Photography: Have a Checklist
Feb07

Travel Photography: Have a Checklist

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”— Paul Strand If there is any secret about travel photography it’s that using your camera has to be instinctive; when an opportunity presents itself you may only have a few seconds to get a shot. There’s no time to think about what menu to use or how do I turn on continuous AF or what exposure mode am I in anyway? The scouts have it right, you gotta...

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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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Live View & Travel Photography
Sep12

Live View & Travel Photography

These days every camera has Live View and not just mirrorless cameras. On DSLRs, Live View uses a second  sensor mounted in the viewfinder’s optical path to transfer the image to the LCD. Because this second sensor is placed after a half transmissive mirror, the view via the optical viewfinder is still available. Live View is made possible by moving the mirror upwards and displaying the image on the LCD. In  some situations Live View...

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