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Color Casts In Photography

This subject has come up for me because of a recent project.  Most color casts are never noticed as long as your subjects are colorful. However, when you are dealing a neutral subject, or background, a color shift of a percent, or two can make […]

Photographing Art Work

It seems like it should be a simple task to copy a photograph, or painting and with experience it is. In a controlled environment it starts with squaring the camera to the artwork. The easiest way I know is to place the art on the […]

Thoughts On Macro Photography

Thoughts On Macro Photography

Macro photography opens up worlds we normally don’t see, as close as they are to us. It may be an insect on a leaf, or a vitamin “E’ pill as in the photo above. In these subjects there is a beauty that we can’t appreciate […]

What Is An f/stop?

What Is An f/stop?

For a lot of people starting out in photography, the f/stop has been a point of confusion. Because as the “f” number grows larger, the amount of light going through the lens decreases. On the surface it seems like an oxymoron, but as you start […]

Lens Teleconverters

Lens Teleconverters

Teleconverters are one of those lens accessories that I have always had, but seldom used. They were for when there was no way you could get any closer to your subject. The common opinion was that they degraded image quality. In reality a well made […]

Is That New Lens Bad?

Is That New Lens Bad?

The image above is an extreme example of what you don’t want to see in a new lens, or any lens for that matter. A lot of people will buy a lens on line to get the best price and most of the time you […]

The Composition In My Window

The Composition In My Window

Most photographers today see their world through a window called a view finder. Advances in camera technology have given us tools to control focus and exposure, but none that help composition. Composition is how we place our subject in the view finder and its relationship […]

Seeing What the Camera Sees

Seeing What the Camera Sees

The human mind is the ultimate camera processing system, and when we look at a sunset, or any other subject matter, our mind starts adjusting. Lets make this a little bigger and reduce that, pull more detail out of the shadows, reduce the highlights, until […]

Depth Of Field Part 2

Depth Of Field Part 2

In this segment we will look at other ways to increase the depth of field, beyond stoping the lens down. One simple approach is to angle your camera film and lens plane closer to the angle of your subject. Notice in the image above that […]

Depth Of Field Part 1

Depth Of Field Part 1

In a previous blog I discussed focus and just touched on depth of field. To make things clear from the start, focus is a flat plane that lines up parallel with your lens and film plane. It is a point that everything in front of […]