Category Photography

How to set up Nikon D750

If you want complete control of your Nikon D750 you should really skim the whole manual and figure out for yourself what all the choices are. As a career engineer doing this is fun for me. If you take some time to do it I think you’ll have more creative choice when taking pictures and you’ll […]

Is the new iMac with Retina 5K Display perfect for photographers?

I’m really excited about the new iMac but decided to wait to buy it. The reason why might help some other folks out there make a decision about this new contraption. On October 15 Apple announced a new iMac that has a display with more pixels than anything ever built for consumers (1). It has 5120 pixels horizontally […]

What are your Flash Triggering Options?

Flash Triggering Options Explained So you’re convinced you need to add off camera flash (OCF) to your list of skills. Flash triggering seems like a complicated and mysterious thing but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s take a look and then give you some simple choices. There are differences Most articles of this nature discuss […]

Big Chance for Photographers from Apple’s change

Pixels for the People For the last year now Apple’s had pixels. Apple’s had more pixels for the price than anyone else by a long shot. The change now is they are getting pixels into more hands. They’re pushing pixels. pixels mean editing pixels means culling pixels mean showing I’ve written extensively about how useful a Retina […]

Art exists where you see Story

Becoming an artist is not something you are born with. It’s a way you see the world. It’s how you define art. How? As I was discussing videography with my pastor he mentioned, “Yeah, a good sermon tells a story too”. Days later I saw a haircut on a high schooler that I knew since she was eleven years […]

3 Ways that Separate Good Photographers from Great

How can you recognize your talents and your weaknesses and take the next step? 3 types of good photographers. Some good photographers are strong technical camera operators, some are good at recognizing great art, and some are good at creating any look in post. The distinction between paid or hobbyist isn’t too important here. When […]

Using luminance in a scene and controlling tone in post for creativity

This is one concept, once learned, will affect every step of your photography. It’ll change the way you plan, take, and edit you picture.There are different ways to think about and measure how bright something is. It’s part of the Zone System but it works to just think of this in terms of tones. Luminance and […]

How color is used in design photo

Understanding Design is the Next Step for an Artist

Over the years I’ve learned a lot from Lynda.com training. This time it’s different. This time it’s changed how I see art altogether. Before & After: Things Every Designer Should Know by John McWade. Story in  Photography It took me years taking pictures to realize that making beautiful photography boils done to how best to […]

5 Tips for Taking Your Pictures in Focus

Ever get surprised with an out of focus shot? This article is your one stop shopping for everything that affects focus. What’s your focus? Choosing focus is deciding what story to tell. Since you should have one main story, there can only be one true subject. Everything else is supporting it. Decide on the true subject and supporting […]

Getting Messy with Photography Series – Stylistic Post Processing

Do you process your photos to get a picture that was different from how you remember it?  The Divide Out There Here is how a typical Facebook friend vs. Google+ Photography community member reply to the same statement. The Instagram look is ______. …fun and easy to apply. …over. Cut through the opinions and get […]