Tips & Tricks

The momentary chill of the Sierra night runs from the rising sun cresting over the sage. Silhouettes of a bygone era begin to take form as the light level grows. The sounds of metal grinding against metal, protesting from working so early in the morning can be heard behind us. The aroma of coffee starts to linger in the air and voices soon follow. Moments later the smell of av gas replaces the...
When you employ the understated Power of KISS (Keep it simple, shutterbug): many great photographs have a commonality in their simplicity and directness. But this simplicity is part of the photos elegance; the photographer has used the viewfinder like a canvas. Everything in the photo is relevant to the message of the image. You pick up the image, study it, move it closer or further away, and...
The action, costumes, colors and performances at festivals, special events and reenactments make them a ton of fun to attend and photograph. Having fun and taking snapshots is easy. If you want to turn your snapshots into great shots, however, you have to pay careful attention to everything that is going on around you, as well as realizing the importance of you camera settings and lens...
A wedding is a celebration of life that is distinctive to every culture, religion, and person. It's my job to capture its beauty in a natural, comfortable, and fun way that ensures a successful, unique outcome every time. Here are some things I focus on: 1. A Natural Look - I strive to preserve the natural flow of the wedding day by shooting in an unobtrusive, documentary style. I show up at...
In December 2006, I participated in the adventure of a lifetime: a six-day expedition to Canada's Cape Chruchill (58°47'N and 93°15'W) to photograph polar bears, the awesome sub-Arctic scenery and other Arctic wildlife. This was no trip for wimpy photographers. The temperature, with the wind-chill factor, hovered at 35°F below zero. Shooting time was limited to about six...
Many of us can remember that knee-buckling feeling the day we opened the back of our film camera and saw the exposed roll of film laying across the camera's shutter. We forgot to rewind the film into the canister or it did not rewind completely, and we knew we had lost irreplaceable images. Losing images can happen with digital cameras as well. However, losing digital images may not be as...
I can't tell you how many times I have been to the beach before sunset and seen crowds of people ready to take that magical shot of the sun setting on the horizon. Sure, this can make for a nice picture, but what really amazes me is how many of those people put their cameras away and leave the beach right after the sun has dipped below the horizon. Oh, what they don't know! If you take...
These days, there are so many menus and settings on digital cameras that it is difficult to learn them all. Most casual photographers learn the basic settings or rely strictly on the automatic modes of digital point-and-shoot and SLR cameras. With a little experimenting, you will find that you can command great control of your camera and more importantly, your images. The white balance setting...
More and more people are upgrading from digital point and shoot cameras to the now more affordable digital SLR cameras. Many people are attracted by the option of interchangeable lenses and increased creative control of the SLR cameras but many are often confused by all the options that come with this newfound tool. Although the digital SLR can capture great images when left in the automatic...
A couple of years ago, I purchased my first digital SLR camera that had interchangeable lenses. Between then and now I have learned some valuable lessons that I would like to pass on, so that others don't make the same mistakes that I made. After buying a Canon 20D SLR with the 18-55mm lens, I was anxious to purchase a zoom lens. I looked online and went to my local photo store and purchased...