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Artistic Choices in Shutter Speed
Artistic Choices in Shutter Speed
When photographing the subject, one of the most interesting choices that are yours to make is… shutter speed. You can make artistic choices by shooting in low light or by using a neutral density filter to control light, both options can result in a long exposure image. This is one of my...
Why Composition is the Key Element in Compelling Images
Why Composition is the Key Element in Compelling Images
When I started in photography my pictures were factual; they fulfilled the “here’s what it looked like” requirement and checked off all the familiar guides: a clearly-defined subject; properly placed leading lines; the rule of thirds obeyed; backgrounds taken into careful...
Why These 3 Zoom Lenses Are Your Best Bet for Great Travel Photos
Why These 3 Zoom Lenses Are Your Best Bet for Great Travel Photos
There are three zoom lenses I consider absolutely essential to provide the versatility that travel photography demands: the 14-24mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm. It's no exaggeration to say I don’t leave home without them, and if travel is in your plans for the upcoming season, those lenses can...
The Most Overlooked Feature In Today's Cameras? It's You!
The Most Overlooked Feature In Today's Cameras? It's You!
Most of my columns for this website concern the ideas and purposes behind the photographs I take. I always include information about the technology used to achieve the photos, which could be as basic as the f/stop chosen to direct your attention, or the use of a ND filter to make a long exposure...
3 Reasons Why You Should Try Black-and-White Photography
3 Reasons Why You Should Try Black-and-White Photography
I have never doubted the power of black-and-white photography, and this conviction was confirmed on a November day in Boulder, Colorado. The city was decked in lights and decorations for the coming Christmas holiday, and to make the scene perfect, it was snowing...and heavily. I'm from Florida,...
5 Great Photo Tips for Travelers: How to Capture Eye-Catching Images on Your Next Trip
5 Great Photo Tips for Travelers: How to Capture Eye-Catching Images on Your Next Trip
There’ll always be an opportunity to make a photograph. What makes that photo more than simply a record of a place, what will turn it into a creative image, is how you deal with the opportunity—and sometimes how far you stretch it. In my previous column, I talked about...
How Infrared Photography Can Turn Your Ordinary Images into Magical Photos
How Infrared Photography Can Turn Your Ordinary Images into Magical Photos
It’s sort of a reverse magic trick: now you don’t see it—now you do. Infrared (IR) light is the light we don’t see, but we can photograph its effects—and that’s what got my attention: how I could with infrared photography take subjects I saw every day and...
Looking for Colorful Wildlife Images? Stay Home, Stay Inside & Open the Window
I know someone who calls these photographs my Alfred Hitchcock Project. You know, The Birds through a Rear Window. Nice touch, but the truth is the Master of Suspense was not in my thoughts when I began to shoot. Cardinals are very cautious—they’re always on the...
5 Essential Accessories for Creative Photographs
5 Essential Accessories for Creative Photographs
I’m guessing the blue moon photo did its job and got your attention. It might surprise you to know that a key element in its creation was a weather app. We’ll get to the details of that shortly, but first, a few words about not-strictly-photographic accessories. You could say that...
The Biggest Mistake Many Photographers Make & How to Avoid It
The photography essayist, critic, and historian A.D. Coleman once said that the biggest mistake photographers make was “thinking that what they’re experiencing is what they’re capturing in the photograph.” Give that a moment to sink in. I did, and I realized that a key to...
Zebras High Contrast
Zebras High Contrast
You can create high contrast black and white images easily in Photoshop by using Threshold from the Adjustments panel (screenshot below). It just takes a few seconds, here's how... From the Adjustments panel, choose Threshold. Adjust the slider as shown below in the second screenshot left or...

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