Replacing A Monitor

I’ve finally retired my Apple Cinema monitor after 12 years of faithful service. When I first set up my studio in 2006, I purchased a Mac Pro, Intel version PC with two Apple Cinema displays. The Mac Pro has been retired for several years now. I sold off the 30″ Cinema Display some years ago…

Backing Up Your Photos

Are you backing up your image files? If the only place you keep your image files is on your computer, you will eventually lose something. Every hard drive fails at some point in time. Every computer crashes sooner or later. It’s a fact of life.  It’s a good idea to have a backup plan in…

After The Switch

I’ve used many different cameras and lenses over the years. My theory was “the right tool for the job”, meaning I really wasn’t interested in the brand I was using but more interested in how well that gear performed for the type of work I was doing. The first “real camera” I ever purchased was…

Your Best Photos Aren’t The Ones You Think

I recall seeing a documentary on television a few years ago about Ballet. There was an interview with a famous ballet instructor where she was talking about her students lamenting over their own talent and how to become recognized. It seems all artists struggle with this concept of self worth and evaluating their own talent….

10 Inexpensive Gifts for Photographers

I posted my cheap photographer’s gift list last year and it was a big hit. I thought I’d repeat the exercise this year with a whole new group of inexpensive photography related items that would make nice stocking stuffers for the photographer in your life. Disclaimer: I’m not promoting any particular brand or business with…

Photography Do’s and Don’ts

Grammatical exceptions aside, here is a quick list of photography “do’s and don’ts” I’ve formulated from my field experience. Just for a little fun. Do; Keep a charged extra camera battery on your body when working. Don’t; Offer unsolicited critique of another person’s photograph. Do; Keep a lens cloth with you when working. Don’t; Use…

The Eyes Have It

Talk to any experienced portrait photographer and they’ll explain the importance of the eyes in any close-up photograph. The best portraits display the subjects eyes clearly and distinctly. It is the eyes that attract the viewers gaze. An important aspect of those captivating eyes is the use of “catch light.” Catch light is a specular…

Photographers Photograph and Writers Write

I am back to photographic action this week after a short hiatus. I find that my propensity to write articles is closely related to my propensity to take photographs. The two main subjects this month and probably through the end of the year are Deer and Bighorn. One of the things the wildlife photographer is…

Saving The World From Bad Photographs

In this opinion article I explore the over-abundance of online photo critiques. Are they really helping the photographer or is it just “know it all” talk from people who like to shame others over their experience or lack thereof? When to critique and when not to critique. Article now available in my Photo Articles  …

Thinking Outside Of The Box

Are lens profile corrections always necessary? Take a look at the two photos above. You tell me which one looks better. If you are like me, when I edit a photo I automatically add a lens profile correction to the image when it is imported. When it comes to post-processing your photos, I don’t think…