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Off-roading with my camera

(Click on photos to see larger versions.) Most weekends my husband and I head out to explore the many off-road trails that Arizona has to offer. We have seen hundreds of stunning sights from the safety and comfort of our Jeep. As our skills and confidence have grown, we have tackled more and more challenging […]

Tips for Using a Soft Focus Filter

(click any image to enlarge) Soft focus effects can be achieved fairly easily in post-processing software programs such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 or Adobe Photoshop CS6. However, I encourage you to practice achieving the look you want straight out of the camera. To that end, I recommend that you consider trying out a soft […]

Review: Airport 4-Sight by Think Tank

I travel with my photo gear four or five times a year. The trips are always photo-heavy and last anywhere from five days to two weeks. As such, I want to bring enough gear with me to accommodate any photographic situation. I never EVER check my camera gear in with my luggage, I always carry […]

My Current Projects

I have a couple of projects going on right now. One of them is related to one of my goals for 2013. I went through the images that I’ve taken over the past several years, selected a whole bunch (over 200!) and printed them via SnapFish. My intent is to make some sort of wall-sized […]

Christmas Wish List 2012

Hello friends! I can’t believe another Christmas season is upon us. I hope everyone all of our U.S. readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are now rolling up their sleeves for the shopping season! With the invention of the Internet, I haven’t had to set foot in a mall during the Christmas season in a […]

Photography News and Links

By Steve Russell Through BeyondMegapixels, Tiffany and I receive a lot of information about the photography industry in general and a variety of new products. Today, I thought I would share some of that information with our readers so you can learn about some of the new products available on the market. New Product from […]

When AWB Doesn’t Work

By Steve Russell For anyone who’s unfamiliar with white balance (WB), it’s the process of removing unrealistic color casts so that objects which appear white in person are rendered white in your photo and the colors are as accurate as possible. Most cameras today have various built-in WB settings including AWB or automatic white balance. […]

PocketWizard Straight Out of the Box

I purchased two PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceivers (here’s the one for Nikon) for use with my Canon EOS 7D and Canon Speedlite 580EX II. This morning I took them out of their boxes, put the batteries in, put one on my speedlight (which was mounted on a light stand) and one on my camera’s hot shoe. […]

Yes, you can shoot at midday!

We’ve all had the “golden hour” concept drilled into our heads – those times around sunrise and sunset when the light is long and lovely, creating beautiful conditions in which to capture our photographs. So does that mean your camera has to languish in its bag during the midday hours? No, it does not! All […]

Three Items of Equipment No Photographer Should Be Without

By Steve Russell The title of this article begs for part of the answer to be camera and lens but then I wouldn’t have anything to write about or I’d have to title the article Five Items… In other words, I’m going to assume that the camera and lens is a given and not count […]