8 Advantages of Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless camera systems such as the Micro 4/3 cameras by Olympus and Panasonic, as well as mirrorless models by Sony, Fuji, Samsung, and now even Nikon and Canon, are compact camera systems with many of the same features of larger DSLR’s.

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How a DSLR Camera Works

Instead of the mechanical mirror assembly in a DSLR, which is used to divert the image from the from the sensor to the viewfinder, the image in the viewfinder on a mirrorless camera is provided electronically. This reduces the size and weight of the camera.  A small camera body, with interchangeable lenses has some definite advantages.  These cameras are getting more Continue reading

Drones and Photography

DJI Phantom QuadcopterI’m a nerd.  I absolutely love technology and all the new innovations that have been coming along recently.    One in particular I have been paying attention to, and wanted to try out, is the use of Drones in Photography.  Photography is all about finding a different look, a new perspective.  And what could be better than getting a birds eye view of something to change your perspective. Continue reading

Tips for Sensational Sunsets

Sunsets are a very popular subject for many photographers. The colors in the sky, given the right weather conditions, can be one of nature’s most captivating shows.  Capturing those colors with a camera often requires that you understand a little about how your camera’s meter works.  Because if you over expose the shot, and make it too light, the colors in the sky won’t show up in the image that you capture with your camera.

The Witness Tree, Gettysburg PA

The Witness Tree, Gettysburg PA

One of my first 35mm film cameras had an exposure lock, and a very simple meter that took a light reading in the center of the image.  So I would point the center point of the viewfinder at the light part of the sky to set the exposure for the bright area, hold the lock button, compose the photo the way I wanted it with trees and other objects of interest in it, and shoot.  What this did was give me the proper exposure for the brightest part of the photo, the sky, and leave the things on the ground as dark silhouettes.  And often I would shoot a second shot that I would underexpose by ½ stop or maybe even a whole stop, just in case.  This was before all the scene modes, and advanced metering systems we now have available.  But it’s exactly what your camera, or you, still need to do today to get the right exposure.

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Nature Photography: Five Tips For Great Photos That Sell. by Andrew Goodall

Nature photography is increasingly popular, and digital cameras allow anyone to give it a try. There are so many nature photographers out there these days, it is a real challenge to get your work noticed.

If you want to make some money from nature photography, or even make it your living, your photography must offer something special. It is not enough for your photos to be ‘good.’ There is more than enough ‘good’ photography out there already. Your photos need to be unique and distinctive, or they simply won’t be noticed.

Here are five tips to help you rise to the challenge.

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Want to remember something? Don’t take a photo.

Research shows, when taking photos you remember less of the experience you are photographing, with one exception.   http://zite.to/1bOgNfT

5 Resources for Getting Sharper and Clearer Photos

Nothing is worse than taking what you think is the most fantastic photo you can imagine, and getting home, loading it on your PC, and it’s either a little soft, or out and out blurry.  Some of these articles have duplicated tips, but each has some unique suggestions that will help you achieve  sharper and clearer images.


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Does Luck Make the Shot?

What part does luck play in getting that one special picture?  Being in the right place at the right time, when all the elements of that special shot come together, and you click the shutter release, and you know you got it.  Were you there by pure dumb luck?  Maybe.  Were you there with the camera raised, with the right light, the right composition, and you just happened to click the shutter when that last element fell into place.  Maybe.  I’ve had some shots I like to call “happy accidents” that I didn’t even know I got until I loaded them onto the computer.

More often though, you are there with the right light, and the right composition, and you are waiting for that last piece to fall into place, waiting for that moment to occur, and then….. well, then sometimes that last element comes into place, and sometimes it doesn’t.  But when it does… that last little piece may be luck.  But why were you there?  Anticipation.Boilermaker Road Race Finish Line Celebration

To quote Dan Bailey in his book Zen Photographer:  “Anticipation, which is actually the secret ingredient behind luck, is essentially knowing, or having a pretty good idea of what’s about to happen next.”

Many great shots can be had because you know your subject.  You know what light works.  You know a location.  And you think maybe, just maybe, if that one last little piece can fall into place…  that light will hit that tree in a certain way, or that person would just walk over in front of that door.  That is the shot.  Anticipation.

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