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Hot Weather Photography

Back in December we talked about cold weather photography, and ways to protect your gear (and yourself!) from the elements. Well, June is almost upon us, so now we’re going to talk about hot weather photography. This is a subject that is very pertinent to my life, since living in Arizona means we experience 115F/46C+ […]

What To Do When You Outgrow Your Camera

So, you’ve reached the point where your handy point-and-shoot just isn’t giving you the flexibility and control that you’d really like to take your photography to the next level. Or, you have a beginner’s D-SLR and you’d like to progress to something that has more capabilities and features. Perhaps you’re ready to explore the vast […]

What to Look For in a Laptop

I am currently in the market for a new laptop computer. If you read the Upcoming and Elsewhere entry that I posted on the 13th, you’ll have noticed that I listed a LOT of software that I will be reviewing and posting tutorials. That’s more than my current laptop can handle… plus, it only has […]

SOOC Challenge

This weekend I challenge you to share your “straight out of camera”, or “SOOC” shots. Sometimes we all need a little motivation to get back down to basics. We sometimes tend to allow our post-processing skills make up for less than perfect shots. We think, “Well, the exposure isn’t quite right, but I’ll fix that […]

Taking pictures on Mother’s Day

I thought it was a perfect example of serendipity that Tiffany posted yesterday about photographing the minutae because today I wanted to talk about bringing out your camera for Mother’s Day – not because Mother’s Day is minutae, so to speak, but because it’s a day where it’s nice to capture some memories. Not everyone […]

Mini Light Studio

I took this photo, of the bower vine blooms and roses currently blessing our back yard, with the use of a mini light studio that I put together a couple of weekends ago. The studio consists of: – My kitchen table – Two clamp lights – $9.00 each at Lowe’s – One tri-fold foam presentation […]

Celestial Photography

The moon and the stars have always held a great amount of fascination for us humble inhabitants here on Earth. Since the invention of the camera, photographers have striven to capture the brilliance of the night sky. At one point or another we’ve all hauled our tripods out to the back yard in the middle […]

Quick Photo Boost

Sometimes, I consider the photos that I take to be good just the way they are, straight out of the camera. In this instance, with this shot of the San Francisco Peaks as viewed from the Arboretum at Flagstaff last weekend, I was almost happy with the way it was, unaltered: I decided that the […]

Taking photos in the rain

It’s a rainy weekend up here in my neck of the woods. It’s the kind of weather that makes me want to brew a nice hot cup of tea and bury myself in a blanket on the couch with a good book because not only is it wet outside, it’s also really damp. However, when […]

The Rule of Thirds Explained

When I first started getting serious about my photography, I operated under the conclusion that a perfectly centered subject was the goal in composing an appealing picture. It seemed obvious to me that an off-center subject would make the photo look odd, so I needed to concentrate on framing it so that an equal amount […]