No Advice, Just Train Photos

Cruise the Internet photography websites and you’ll find all number of expert photographers giving you expert advice. Advice that more or less repeats itself year over year. Have you ever noticed that very few of these world famous expert photographers share the actual photographs they take. I write my blog to share my photography. From…

What Day Is It? Whoop Whoop!

I’ve been pushing hard going through my photo catalogs, mining stock photos. Today, I’ve crested the hill, the personal goal of having 3,000 stock photos before the end of the year. Today is Wednesday. Hump Day! This is my 3,000th stock photograph and I’ve cleared the hump. The rest of the year is a piece…

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…