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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 Challenges Of Architectural Photography

When a new building is almost complete, that is when I’m scheduled to photograph it. Almost complete, means the builder is still working on the final details. I may have a few days before they hand the keys to the new owners and during that […]

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 […]

Lighting With Cookies And Flags

Lighting With Cookies And Flags

For me photography has always been about the light, created, or found and how to control it. With cookies, the possibilities are endless. It can be as simple as a piece of cardboard with shapes cut out of it. I have made them from foam […]

Printer Under Glass

Printer Under Glass

So, you have someone that would like their framed artwork copied and it’s behind glass. And even worse, it’s not the non glare type. They tried their cell phone and that was a not cutting it. Next they called a friend with a good camera […]

Tilt Shift Lenses That Never Were

Tilt Shift Lenses That Never Were

In the days prior to digital, I shot mostly 4X5″ and 2 1/4″ transparency film. When professional digital cameras started coming out they were made as camera backs that attached to existing camera systems. At that time they also had to be attached to a […]

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

Earlier this year I was asked to do a portrait shoot, and in the example they showed me, the person was back lit with the sun. This meant that it had to be shot at sunrise, or sunset and we would have to get it […]

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 […]