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 lens/accessory...

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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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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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Sometimes Accidents Happen…
Aug11

Sometimes Accidents Happen…

We don’t make mistakes, we make happy accidents.—Bob Ross When photographing Michelle (below) at a group shoot in Arizona, I was using two camera bodies something I don’t often do. And maybe after reading this you’ll know why. I was making window light portraits of her in  an old building and I was using a EOS 60D with an EF 28-105mm zoom lens (at 102mm) with an exposure of 1/200 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 800. My other...

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Wordy Wednesday #151 “Wildlife in Your Own Backyard”
Mar11

Wordy Wednesday #151 “Wildlife in Your Own Backyard”

I am hardly a wildlife photographer but sometimes they just walk into your own backyard , as was the case with this young mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) photographed, literally, in my backyard. Several times a day individual and groups of mule deer stroll leisurely across Daisy Hill on their way to find nourishment, usually my landscaping. I started photographing this critter from the sidewalk in front of my house at 150mm, slowly...

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