Summer is just a few weeks away, which means vacations. Which means traveling with your camera gear. Last year, 2.9 million American flew somewhere for the Memorial Day weekend. Here are a few tips for you to consider before hitting the Wild Blue Yonder. I’ll cover tips for auto travel later; it’s a topic I’m […]
Spring is sprung! Now is time to stop making excuses and get your butt out there and take photographs. “But of what? I live in the suburbs/city and there’s nothing here!” Pthh. You’re not looking hard enough. Here are some ideas to get you started: Make a time lapse video. All those flowers photographs? Any […]
A well-lit landscape doesn’t necessarily mean it’s interesting to look at. I remember going on hikes, taking a bunch of pictures, coming home and tossing most out because they were so bland and boring. I couldn’t figure out why and how other people were taking fantastic pictures at similar locations when my stuff was so blah. Was it the camera? Was it me?
Here in Colorado, it’s tantalizingly warm. People here are dreaming about hot summer days, adventures in the mountains, and wading in cool, glistening streams. (That last one might not happen if we don’t get any spring rain this year). June — summer break — will roll around before you know it. Bored kids are annoying […]
All images need a little TLC and massaging (aka post processing). If you shoot in jpeg, which most cameras do, they are already post-processed in-camera by default, and in most cases, all you need to do is give it a little extra oomph to get it to look how you like. I shoot in RAW […]
Going on a hike? You’re taking your camera, right? Of course you are! The trouble is: you have to consider weight. After loading up your backpack or fanny pack with water, food, a first aid kit, a knife, a sweatshirt and a couple other essentials, that 20-lbs pack will feel like hundreds of pounds after […]
I've been thinking a lot about the future of social media privacy. To quote Han Solo: "I have a bad feeling about this."
Armed with the Shield of Anonymity, trolls are everywhere online. They’re awful. Cruel. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Without inflections, tone, and body language, the written word is rife with acerbic harshness. Photography draws the trolls like flies to honey. For whatever reason, they see posted images as permission to offer unasked-for critique, to lambast the […]
Whether you shoot on a dSLR or a smartphone, editing to give your photographs a little extra oomph is a smart move. It takes your images from snapshot quality to “ooh!” (or sometimes “ew!”). (Summary at bottom of this article) I don’t own a smartphone, so take this with a grain of salt. My photography […]
I have a soft spot for underdogs. When I learned that Pentax was rebooting their camera line in the USA market back in 2006, I was one of the early buyers. I snagged the k10d, and turned into an evangelist for Pentax. I praised the camera to anyone who’d listen. And it deserved the praise. […]