Copyright 2014 Doug Daulton

Where to start? “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” Hmmm. Like New Zealand, parts of Iceland certainly feel like Middle Earth; more on that in a future post. I suppose, like Bilbo, it is best that I start at the beginning. Some months ago, my friend Geoffrey Orthwein told me he […]

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As I was photographing a Cross Country race, we were hit by a heavy Florida rain storm. Luckily I had shelter under a tarp. I watched the high school kids performed like true athletes, they didn’t let rain or a mud filled track slow them down. I wasn’t about to let a rain storm deprive […]

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Interview with a Makeup Artist: How can they enhance your shoot? I first met Janelle Corey when I was assisting on a fashion shoot with photographer Zuzanna Audette. I was very impressed with the group effort between the photographer, hair, wardrobe and makeup. I since then have worked with Janelle and have seen her career […]

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If you’re like me (and 200-million other people on this planet) you probably have an Instagram account. Instagram has redefined instant photo-sharing, making our mobile phones vessels to show the world what we eat, where we travel, and what our pets are doing. For me, I use it to share my life. Outings with friends, which are typically photography-related, […]

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One of my favorite ways to make a break from the normal daily routine is to grab the kids and a GoPro Hero and head for the hills in search of water. Fortunately, here in the Blue Ridge mountains of SW Virginia this is but a matter of choosing a direction and within minutes we’re […]

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This article is part 2 of a 3 part series on How I Got the Shot Part 1: PLAN Part 2: PHOTOGRAPH Part 3: PROCESS The first article of this series explained the planning phase and how the composite was envisioned. This gave me a clear direction on how to pose the athletes,what gear was […]

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Memory Card Healthcare Lets talk memory cards. We all have them, need them and use them. But what does it all mean? Lets discuss taking care of our cards and preventing potential problems that can and will happen to all of us. Here’s ten practical tips. 1. Keep your camera up to date. From time […]

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Photographers face many challenges when first starting out and can have a tough time breaking into the local market. While it can certainly be said that photography is well-saturated in the cyber world, when we stop and take a short look around we see another story. New businesses and outreach efforts of all kinds are […]

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One of the newest upgrades in Photoshop CC was the upgrade to make an image larger without loosing detail. In the past when you would re size an image you would lose detail in your image. Now with the new CC they have found a way to keep your image preserved without loosing much detail. […]

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I share a lot of “behind the lens” photographs on my Instagram page, and one of the questions I get most frequently is “what’s that thing on top of your camera?”. The answer is that it’s the Canon GPE-12, a small GPS device that sits on the hotshoe of my canon 5D Mark III. When […]

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As a long-time Canon shooter I can admit, it’s hard to entertain the notion of changing gear. Not so much because of the tools themselves, but because of the investment and overall familiarity. Yet in the search to locate the ideal full-frame upgrade that best suits my interests, I wanted to try something a little […]

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This week’s podcast interviews photographer Dave Black about his sports and light painting work. Then, get an overview of what challenges photographers will face over the coming years with photography guru Jim Heid. Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes. Dave Black We welcome back Dave Black to the […]

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When you are first learning Photoshop, layer masks can seem overwhelming and confusing. It’s ok, photoshop itself can be overwhelming and confusing. I promise, once you understand the basics of Layer Masks, you’ll be glad to utilize this skill in your post processing workflow. In fact, you will find that using layer masks is one […]

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One of the toughest things to learn in the photography industry is to learn how to value yourself. Going through art and photography school it was practically blasphemous to even hint at turning your work into profit and would surely get you dirty looks, low marks, and the wrath of the department chair. “You should […]

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I typically feel pretty set in my ways once I find my groove, but every now and then, a I get the urge to branch out and try something different. Those urges are highly motivated by the really nice word, “FREE.” Right now, the onOne Software Perfect Effects 8 Premium Edition is a free download. […]

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Over the years, I’ve found myself purchasing, trading, selling, tactfully acquiring, or otherwise receiving and getting rid of lenses. I’ve journeyed through pages and pages of reviews and online forums, spoke to many wonderful skilled photographers and dissected people’s images to find out what I wanted and what I needed in terms of glass. My […]

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I’ve been frequently asked to help take pictures (with a cell phone) simply because I’m a “photographer” and therefore MUST make “better” pictures than those coming from an “average joe.”  Probably not always true, but I feel that there are some elements to know that could help everyone take better pictures… even with a phone. […]

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Way back in the day, I ran a portrait and wedding studio. My bread and butter was 5×7, 8×10 and 11×14 prints. I sold thousands each year. And my lab made every one. You see Photoshop was version 1.0, there were $100,000 Iris printers but that wasn’t practical so we paid the lab. If I […]

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I love the mindset that Ansel Adams lived by in his professional career.  He was a true pioneer of photography as art.  Being a forward thinking innovator, he endlessly explored the world of the unknown, seeking to predict and understand the outcome of his experimentation.  Then taking that information and creating a set of guidelines […]

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The other day I was outside walking my dog, and just as I was approaching my house I could not help but notice the amazing clouds up in the sky. Where I currently live we rarely get good cloud-filled skies, so I tend to take notice when there is something other than a blank blue […]

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This past week, many site owners of Zenfolio and SmugMug that shoot Boudoir photography had found out private and unlisted galleries were being accessed by people who were using these photos for ransom, personal pleasure and other terrible things. There are forums and chats specifically dedicated to figuring out passwords, sharing links and finding other […]

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