Bad weather; Good Photography?

There’s something to be said about being a fair weather photographer, like staying dry. However, bad weather is often a great time to shoot images that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. Here are some of my thoughts and tips on dealing with some common but less than ideal weather.

5 Tips for Shooting Christmas Decorations

It’s that time of year again when the Christmas decorations are out in full force. There’s always a shot to be had in the Christmas decorations if you know what to look for and how to get the most out of them.

A Shot in the Dark: Pointing My Camera Skyward at Night

Astrophotography is a specialized area of photography that looks more like astronomy than photography. On a lark, with out any serious astronomy gear, I decided to turn my camera and a fast lens towards the heavens to see what I could photograph.

Night Sky Lightning

Good lightning photography is one of the few areas of photography I really admire. The combination of sheer luck, power of nature and inherent danger of being outside in the path of an approaching thunderstorm certainly doesn’t hurt the aesthetics of a well composed lightning bold either.

Photographing Flowers: Introduction

I don’t pretend to be an expert in flower photography but I’ve made a few flower images that I like and I’m going to try and figure out how to make more. This is the first article in a series following my attempt to figure out what does and doesn’t work in flower photography and how I went about making the images. This time we look at a general overview of some conventional wisdom for flower photography as well as some of the basics needed.

Camera Settings for HDR and Multiple Exposures

HDR Photography and blending bracketed exposures are two ways to capture large dynamic range scenes, especially when you don’t have a graduated neutral density filter. These are some solutions I’ve found for setting up your camera for those types of images, especially in the early morning when you’re not fully awake.

Continuous Shooting is Not Just for Action

Continuous release mode is often thought only to be useful when shooting dynamic subjects that are in motion. The burst of frames in rapid succession gives the photographer a better opportunity to catch the exact moment they are trying for. But there is another, often forgotten or maybe unthought-of, use. Often the sharpest images, in […]

Fireworks Post Show Thoughts

The key to facilitating success is the three P’s of p-p-photography; preparation, patience and perseverance. Actually, that’s not quite true, it’s more like perpetration, perpetration, perpetration and luck. Keep in mind, shooting fireworks is about as close to shooting on an assignment for a newspaper, wire service or client as you can get without actually […]

4th of July, Fireworks, Flashes and Funstuff

That’s right folks today is Independence day, at least in the USA, and to celebrate there’s nothing we like more than shooting off big things that explode! That’s right it’s fireworks time. So it’s time once again to get out our cameras and point them skyward and hopefully catch the fun as the heavens are […]