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February 12, 2016 How I Got the Shot – “One Drop of Your Love”

How (and Why) I Got the Shot “One Drop of Your Love” I had an idea to combine a couple of things that I like in one shot – namely bokeh highlights and splash photography. The challenge of combining these two is that it requires keeping a narrow depth of field (I’m at f/2 here) […]

September 3, 2015 Long Range Landscapes

Why You Should Bring Your Telephoto Lens when you Shoot Landscapes This article was originally written for Alien Skin Software – check out the original on their blog here: When most people think about shooting landscapes, they immediately think, “wide angle”. It seems natural that the “big picture” requires as wide a view as possible. […]

August 1, 2015 Gear for Senior Session Portraits

You’ve probably already figured out that there is a growing market for Senior Sessions. Gone are the days when it was sufficient for the crew to pull up at the school, unload some backdrops, and take cookie cutter photos of all the seniors. Today’s young people want custom photography that immortalizes their youth and is […]

July 30, 2015 Nostalgia Processing

Nostalgia. It’s an odd word when you stop and look at it, but also a word that impacts us all. It might be a smell that takes you back to Grandma’s kitchen, an old movie poster that evokes some warm and fuzzy memories, or a song that transports you to a special moment crystalized in […]

July 28, 2015 Vintage Glass, Vintage Looks

We live in a somewhat ironic day. Many of the optical defects of past years have been resolved, and lenses are no longer prone to flare or odd optical quirks like bokeh that “swirls” around the periphery of the image. Most modern lenses have rich contrast and are sharp wide open. Modern DSLR sensors have […]

April 20, 2015 How to Shoot and Process a Nightscape

There are few people that don’t enjoy the mesmerizing images of the night sky filled with stars over a beautiful foreground scene.  It was a friend of mine, Royce Bair, who popularized the term “nightscape” for these type of images.  Some of my own nightscape images have numbered amongst my most popular images that I’ve […]

April 4, 2015 How to Eliminate Mirror Hang with a SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4

Several years ago I (like many other photographers) discovered the joys of shooting vintage glass on my modern DSLRs.  I’ve tried out a number of old lenses in various mounts, including M42, Contax C/Y, Pentax K, Tamron Adaptall, Konica, and at least one other that I cannot remember.  My favorite of these is M42, as […]

July 8, 2014 Mirrorless or Not?

Alien Skin Software recently asked the question: Been thinking about switching to mirrorless? Why or why not? We asked a bunch of industry leaders to share what they thought about making a change to a mirrorless system. Head over to the blog to hear the opinions of some of the top pros in the business. […]