Browsing all posts in July, 2010.

Specify Your Subject

I’ve mentioned quite a bit, lately, about the importance of being specific in your subject when you take a photograph. Subject matter can go beyond actual things, people, or places, to also encompass a story, or a feeling. Whether your intended subject is an object, or a concept, it is important to have that subject […]

What NOT to Photograph

While considering what kinds of pictures you should set your sights on capturing, you should also take a moment to ponder what photographs you shouldn’t take. Avoid clutter. It is a proven fact that a tidy, neat, and clean home sells more quickly than a messy, cluttered home. This concept translates to photography as well. […]

Setting Goals in Photography

I’m going to ask you all a brief, seemingly simple question, and I’d like you all to take a moment to really ponder your answer. What are your goals, in relation to photography? I myself paused for a moment, after typing that line. I don’t believe I’ve often thought about the specifics of having a […]

Maine Photo Highlights

Hello friends! I am back from our ten day vacation in Maine, with over a thousand pictures now safely loaded onto my hard drive, and a million memories to look back upon when homesickness hits me. As evidenced by the shot above, we cannot go back without taking the obligatory shot of the Portland Head […]

Creative Frames in Corel Paintshop Photo Pro X3

Corel Paintshop Photo Pro X3 allows you to create frames for your photographs quickly and easily. For the purpose of this tutorial, I took some shots of a recently purchased bottle of Taylor Fladgate port (pictures, that is… one does not “shoot” port!). Here is the original: Open your photograph in Full Editor Mode. Then […]

Link Love

Hi friends! Here are some photography related links that I’ve come across recently, that I thought I would share with you all. – Need a simple, concise explanation for the difference between full frame sensor and crop sensor? Check out this article from the Digital Photography School. – Photofocus Podcast Episode 39, hosted by Scott […]

Initial thoughts on the HP MediaSmart PC

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the privilege to play around with a MediaSmart PC from HP. The machine is awesome with a lot of cool features. The most compelling aspect of this machine is the backing up functionality. At the moment I have over 20,000 photos and uploading them to Flickr or any […]

Canvas Printing from Uprinting

A high impact way to show off your favorite photos is to have them printed on canvas. The effect is amazing and gives a whole new life to your otherwise missed disregarded digital photos. Having my photo printed on a stretch canvas by uprinting proved to be a painless process with only a few little […]

Plan Your Shots Ahead of Time

Often times we find ourselves just being wherever we are, taking advantage of what light is available, taking pictures of what sights are available. We use a combination of timing, luck, and skill to capture the depths of what we’re feeling, or the awe of our surroundings. We may think to ourselves, “I’m so glad […]

Review – Manfrotto Monopod and Ball Head

This is my newly-purchased Manfrotto 680B Monopod and Manfrotto 494RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release. I bought both for use at the MotoGP race this August in Indianapolis. The Motor Speedway doesn’t allow for tripods in the stands, and I’ll be renting a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens from Pro Photo […]