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Quality Gear That Won’t Break The Bank

I often get requests from folks to recommend photography gear – cameras, lenses, accessories – that won’t “break the bank”. You don’t need the most expensive, latest and greatest wizzy-bang gadget for GREAT photography! You just need great working knowledge of photographic principles, and practice practice practice. There is no such thing as “making due” […]

Light Meter Basics

One of the most essential items of gear that a photographer must have in his or her arsenal is a light meter (even though Steve didn’t mention it in his last article, and yes I jump at the chance to tease him). Some would argue that the light meter is just as important as the […]

Essential Equipment for the Serious Photographer

By Steve Russell For discussion purposes let’s assume that a year or two ago you decided to take the plunge and upgrade from a point & shoot camera to DSLR. The first thing you probably learned was that in the beginning your photos weren’t any better with the DSLR and in some cases not as […]

15 Tips for Wild Flower Photography

By Steve Russell When I posted the article last week about personal photography project ideas one of the ideas/suggestions was photographing wildflowers. While wild flowers are generally more numerous and varied in the spring or rainy season, depending in what part of the world you live, they can be found almost year round in most […]

Nude Photography – Art or Porn?

By Steve Russell Note: Because of the subject matter of this article I am not including any photos. More than likely, about 40% of the readers of this article will be on one side of the room, 40% on the other and 20% milling around in the middle. That’s okay because sometimes it’s good to […]

Weekend Project – Pattern Interrupted

This weekend, train your photographic eyes to find pleasing patterns and unique interruptions in patterns. Patterns can be abstract or specific, and occur naturally or are constructed. They create a path for the eyes to follow, and are heavily dependent on lines and angles to inspire interest. There is especial allure created in a pattern […]

Review: 500px

Hello friends! Several readers have asked recently what site I would recommend for hosting photography portfolios. This is geared specifically for the folks that don’t have the knowledge to create their own website, or the money to hire a website designer. I find 500px to be an excellent resource for posting and sharing photographs, as […]

Bit Depth vs. Dynamic Range in Layman’s Terms

Hi friends! A reader recently sent me an e-mail asking me to explain the difference between bit depth and dynamic range, so I thought I would post the explanation here for everyone’s benefit. Bit Depth A bit is defined as the smallest unit of data. It’s binary – it can be either 1 or 0, […]

What is the Best Lens for Portrait Photography?

By Steve Russell Sometimes it’s fun to write articles about a subject that doesn’t have a “one right answer.” Not only does it make me really think about the subject before I start writing but it’s also usually somewhat controversial and garners a lot of comments. So for this subject please put in your “two […]

Building a Photography Studio

By Steve Russell You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been and why I haven’t been writing. Well, maybe not, but I haven’t had an article here for the last three weeks or so. And the reason is that we’ve been in the process of moving from Florida back to Texas. Still not settled in and […]