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For Jocelyn

My very good friend Jocelyn has been diagnosed with breast cancer. A local restaurant hosted a benefit party for her on Tuesday night, and I provided the photography. I thought I would share some of my favorite shots with you. I think more than anything else, I enjoy photographing parties. I love getting candid shots […]

Review: Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens

I recently rented a Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens for a project I was working on.  After many MANY recommendations, from fellow photographers and from the various photography websites I read, I was truly looking forward to playing around with this lens. My immediate impression when taking the lens out of the box was, […]

Freelensing

While perusing the Internet for new photography techniques, I came across something referred to as “freelensing”. This technique is achieved by detaching the lens from the camera but holding it in place, then shifting the lens around to focus the shot. Shafts of light are “leaked” into the image, a high degree of bokeh is […]

My Dream Photo Studio

When it comes to photography equipment, I’ve had a nasty case of “Want Disease” for just about my entire life. Waaaaaay back in the day, before digital photography, I wanted my own darkroom. An enlarger, developing trays, chemical sinks, black bags, the whole nine yards. I envisioned myself cast in the red glow of the […]

Renting Glass – It’s Easier Than You Think

I took this picture (the Grand Tetons in Wyoming) with a wide-angle lens: I took this picture (Upper Falls in Yellowstone National Park) with a telephoto lens: I own neither a wide-angle lens, nor a telephoto lens. In preparation for a 3026 mile road trip through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado this summer, I […]

Budget Lens Recommendation: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.5-5.6 IS

Continuing our recommendations for budget lenses, today we talk about budget telephoto lenses. Most ‘good’ telephotos out there today are VERY expensive. And there’s a reason for that too – they’re sharper, faster, focus better, and are built to last. But of course one needs at least a temporary solution till the time you get […]

Tips for Buying Used Photographic Equipment

Following up on our previous post on buying refurbished and particularly used equipment, here are some tips for you to make the right choice when buying used photographic gear. Michael Zhang over at PetaPixel has written two great posts which cover all major aspects that one needs to be aware of when purchasing second hand. […]

How to Clean Your Lenses Properly

A lot of first time dSLR users are all thinged up about their lenses getting dirty and dusty and everything. And no matter how careful you are, some amount of dust/dirt/prints do make it on to your lens (if you’re not using a filter). If you’re using a filter, you save yourself the trouble of […]

Budget Lens Recommendations: Tamron 17-50mm & Sigma 17-70mm

One major problem that a lot of people face when making the transition from P&S to dSLR is the expense involved. If you’re used to the high zoom compacts, you’ll realise that you’ll need to spend 10 times the amount (or more) to get that level of zoom with the high quality. And of course, […]

Focus

I’ve been working on Focus.  Focus in all aspects of my life really.  Finding your focus and blurring all the other business is my personal photo task of the month.  Let’s check out a couple shots that I like where I’ve gone.  I’m using my D700 with a fixed 50mm lens in Aperture priority mode […]