Synchronicity

I’ve been debating purchasing another tripod for my night photography equatorial drive. I have several tripods, most of which are quite suitable for the type of work I normally do, however, the night photography rig can be quite heavy and while my best tripod will handle 26 lbs of overall weight, I’m pushing it to…

Winter Doldrums

While I don’t mind Winter in Colorado, it’s still my slowest time of year for photography. I spend most days puttering around the house, taking care of the odd chores, here and there. Meet up with friends for lunch. Visit with family. Play with the dogs. Watch a lot of movies. Things like that. But,…

Oh, Those Stars at Night

I’ve always had a fascination with night photography. Most of the photographs I’ve taken of the night skies over the years have been fairly simple. A wide angle, fast aperture lens mounted to a camera, supported by a sturdy tripod. Great for landscape photos, star trails, Milky Way galaxy. But this is a fairly limiting…

Mastering Photography – Those Pesky Power Lines

Bison At Rocky Mountain Arsenal I’ve noticed over the years, the tendency of landscape photographers, including myself, to lament the presence of power lines in their composition. Power lines are just about everywhere one goes. They are a byproduct of human civilization. As a photographer, sooner or later, you’ll have to make a decision on…

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…

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…

Know Your Environment

  More deer action from RMA during yesterday’s snow storm. As a former wedding photographer, I learned about the problems of photographing lots of white in a scene. The camera meters the white (wedding dress, or in this case snow) as being neutral and will tend to underexpose the image. In severe cases, upwards of…

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  …

Pending Approval

I’m back to my normal office routine for a few days. This time of year, I typically wait for shifting weather patterns before planning a photography outing. I like to get out before or after a snow storm as the clouds and general environment tend to add to the esthetics of wildlife photography. While I…