Dramatic Light Photography
Mar22

Dramatic Light Photography

One of the best ways to improve any photo is to use dramatic light. Sunrises and sunsets provide the best and most reliable opportunities for good photographs in dramatic light. I always get a rush when I see a beautiful sunset or sunrise on the road. Experiencing a new location under beautiful light is just as important to me as is exploring the city or landscape, visiting the cafes, and meeting new people. I’m not content to...

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9 Easy Ways to Start Taking Better Pictures Right Now
Nov02

9 Easy Ways to Start Taking Better Pictures Right Now

Let’s get right to good stuff. The following tips are easily implemented techniques that can make nearly any photograph better. Keep in mind that many of these tips will not only make you a better photographer, but a better traveler as well. That’s because travel and photography go hand in hand. My passion for pictures drives me to seek out beauty that I’d never see without my camera. Training your eye to see the...

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All About Neutral Density Filters
Sep03

All About Neutral Density Filters

Several months back, I received this question on Twitter from @HusbandInTow: Would love to see basic stuff for photo novices, like how to use a filter, how to slow shutter speed, etc Thanks for the question @HusbandInTow. The best way to slow your shutter speed is by using Neutral Density Filters. To make the most of these, you should first have a good grasp on the basics of exposure. You should know what a stop is, and you should be...

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Using Jet Lag to Your Advantage
Aug08

Using Jet Lag to Your Advantage

 Fast Planes and Big Oceans. Why You Can’t Beat Jet Lag. Humans have been around for a couple hundred thousand years, and only within the last 70 have we begun flying big planes across big oceans. The idea that 16 hours is a “long” time to travel between Chicago and Hong Kong, or San Francisco and Sydney, or Tokyo and New York is entirely new. Our bodies have absolutely no idea what’s going on when you...

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Finding Your Photographic Style
Jul18

Finding Your Photographic Style

It’s all about STYLE, baby The other day I was thinking about developing your own photographic style, and the famous Ted Grant quote popped into my head. Like so many great photographers, Ted has a style that’s all his own: “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls.” I didn’t think the quote had much to do with...

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Getting that Film Look
May27

Getting that Film Look

I have a new found fascination and respect for film after shooting with it extensively, including on my recent trip to Istanbul. I love the stuff – it’s challenging, it’s beautiful, and it’s so much fun. Although I got my photographic start with my first film SLR, I’ve never really considered myself a film photographer. With film, I learned the basics and had some fun but not much more. It wasn’t...

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