Its exciting getting your very first digital camera. Whether you have a DSLR, Mirrorless or even a point and shoot, learning it can be overwhelming. At times, its okay to put it in auto mode. As long as you are taking pictures, you are going to keep getting better. In fact, as I was learning my camera, I would set it to auto mode and see what settings the camera picked. Then I would switch to manual and set those exact settings and eventually learned to adjust what I felt was better. Heres a few tips on how you can learn more about taking … [Read more...] about New Camera? Now What?
We all have been in that situation at the camera store where the salesman asked us if we want to add a protective filter to protect the front element of the expensive lens that we have just bought. And the argument of the salesperson sounds plausible at first. The front element is exposed the most to the elements and most at risk to be damaged. But here are a few points from my experience that should have you think twice about buying and adding one to your lens: Do you really want to put an inferior piece of glass in front of you top grade … [Read more...] about Why Christmas is the perfect time to take that protective filter off!
Adobe released Lightroom CC/6 this week much to the delight of its loyal users. I put together a tutorial video that walks through a few of the new features, notably the new Brush tools with the Graduated Filter, auto pano stitching, and some other smaller odds and ends that you may have overlooked. If you have any questions about Lightroom, let me know in the comments section! … [Read more...] about Lightroom CC’s New Brush Feature For The Graduated Filter
Since the age of 16 I've competed in Martial Arts competitions. My performance was under a microscope. It was simple, if my performance was great the judges would give high scores and the crowd roared with applause. If my performance was marginal, the judges would give low scores and, If the crowd disagreed, they would voice their disapproval. Their support was comforting but did very little to change the outcome. After the event, I would ask the judges for advice and request they give it to me straight. Sometimes I liked what they had to … [Read more...] about Find a Trusted Voice to Critique your Photos
I have a personal rule I follow when I travel, especially when I'm in Asia: I get an early start. Sure, I have my moments when I need to sleep in, but it's just after sunrise when things are at their best. So this morning I woke up just before sunrise, ate breakfast, and set out on the streets of Bangkok with camera in-hand. As I strolled around a local market, I knew that getting up early paid off. The produce was being delivered, shops were getting set up, and there were little to no other tourists to be seen. I got some of the usual market … [Read more...] about Listen To Your Gut
The primary place video is watched these days is on mobile devices. This means small screens and lots of distractions. Add in changes in the human attention span, and I can't emphaize enough to keep the total run time low to avoid viewer fatigue. Heres a simple idea: Keep your videos short. It is better to have five 3-minute videos than one 15-minute episode. I try to keep most client videos to less than 10 minutes (in fact less than 5 in almost all cases). With the rise of the web, videos tend to be consumed during things like work breaks, … [Read more...] about I’ve Never Watched a Video That Couldn’t Benefit From Being Shorter
This is a guest post by Skip Cohen. Be sure to check out Skip Cohen University August 11-14 in Chicago. I know everybody would love to just close the book on 2012, but even though we're half way through this new year, think about last year for a minute. As you analyze last year, think about what you really need to do better, instead of blaming things on what you think is a boring name, logo or site design, the "frosting". So often we all do the same thing - we blame the challenges on the "low hanging fruit", the easiest things we might … [Read more...] about Are You Tired of Your Image?
Darby Harn's advice to writers is easily co-opted for photographers. 1. Find your weaknesses. Have trouble shooting macro? Shoot more macro. Have trouble getting the nerve to ask a stranger to appear in a portrait? Go out and ask a stranger to appear in a portrait. Saying it's hard to do something doesn't get it done or make it easier. It's the DOING of it that makes it easier. So find your faults as a photographer and fix them! 2. Look at lots of pictures. Don't just thumb through them. Look at them. Put yourself in that spot and ask … [Read more...] about More Advice From Writers FOR Photographers
We've all been through it. You head out on the family vacation, very excited about the chance to make some striking new images of a new place. But then you find out all the tours leave at Noon and the venues are all crowded. Or you head off to photograph that nice field of flowers only to realize that today is very windy. Sometimes, as hard as it might be, the best photograph to make is no photograph. Bad light is always going to be bad light. And as we used to say, "The slides won't get any better sitting in the drawer." The same rule … [Read more...] about When Not To Photograph