Exploring Your Subject, Part I
September 11, 2013  Author:  

I imagine this has happened to you. You see something really exciting, frame it up in the viewfinder, snap the shutter, quickly glance at the back of the camera and then begin to look for other subjects nearby that may evoke the same kind of excitement. When you get back home and review the work […]

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The Tamron 90mm Macro VC Lens: Handheld Heaven – Guest Article by Steve Russell
September 3, 2013  Author:   (1)

My Tamron 90mm 2.8 1:1 Macro Lens has been very, very good to me. I would have been content to use it as my primary macro lens for life because of its sharpness, versatility, lightness and shooting distance. But Tamron upgraded the lens this year and added vibration control (VC) and I took a chance, […]

INSPIRATION, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Preparing Images for Printing
August 28, 2013  Author:   (8)

Once you’ve decided to print your image using either a photo inkjet printer or a printing service, you still have to prepare the file correctly to ensure you get quality results. This involves three steps: Set the resolution. Size the picture. Sharpen the image. If you are sending the picture out to a photo lab […]

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DAYDREAMING.
August 6, 2013  Author:   (1)

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein Right now I am sitting and staring out an airplane window. I find airplanes to be one of my most productive environments. Revelations and insights often flood my consciousness while in flight. Why is this a creative space? One could mention that the potential of a […]

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Dragonflies – Guest Article by Steve Russell
July 18, 2013  Author:  

It’s easy to miss them – as I did for years riding my bike fast around the local lake – and easy to dismiss them as they whiz by at breakneck speed. But up close, dragonflies have an amazing array of colors, and set against nature’s greens and yellows and oranges and blues they make […]

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Sweet and Easy Flash Exposure
July 9, 2013  Author:  

Balancing ambient and flash exposure in photography has perplexed humankind since its beginnings when flash powder (yikes!) was used to light things up in the early 1800s. These early pioneers had to rely on intimate knowledge of manual flash exposure to get things right.            – ©BlitzlichPulverPhotography With recent advances in […]

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Painting with Light
June 29, 2013  Author:  

By definition, Light Painting is the process of photographing at night while illuminating your subject with a handheld device such as a flashlight or camera flash.  The use of a moving hand held light creates a look that is nearly impossible to replicate during daylight hours. You can also mix in the ambient light of […]

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Shooting Into the Sun: Back-light + Flash = Cool Effects
June 20, 2013  Author:  

I have long shot macro mostly with side- or front-light, although using a macro twin flash gives me the flexibility to shoot in most any direction. However, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered shooting directly into the sun can create some very cool effects – under the right circumstances. I came upon a butterfly […]

RMSP EXPERIENCE, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Choosing a Photo Lab
June 12, 2013  Author:   (1)

If you are looking for a business that can produce quality reproductions of your images, how do you decide which one to use? There are lots of different labs with various types and levels of service. You can ask friends, colleagues and teachers which photo labs they use, but their choices might be based on […]

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Extending Your Depth of Field
June 5, 2013  Author:  

Sometimes it is just impossible to get everything completely sharp within a photo, even if you stop down to the smallest aperture (such as f22 or f32). This may be due to using longer focal length lenses (which inherently give us less depth of field), or it could be that you are trying to get […]

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Look Forward to Your Next Layover
May 24, 2013  Author:  

I travel A LOT for RMSP, and while I never imagined that the chain of my life would be linked by so many regional airports I have learned two very important things: Avoid Cinnabon and look forward to layovers. Here’s a tip for the next time you travel.  While you’re waiting to be crammed into […]

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Sketching With Your Smart Phone
May 10, 2013  Author:  

The smart phone – specifically the iPhone – has certainly caused a bit of a revolution and excitement when it comes to photography and as a professional I’ve embraced the craze, too. Some of my favorite images have been captured with this clever little device. Nowadays, we have the ability to shoot, process and share […]

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A Matter of Perspective: Shooting Butterflies from All Angles – Guest Article by Steve Russell
April 25, 2013  Author:  

Starving for small, living creatures to shoot during the winter months, I visited the Butterfly House in the Seattle Science Center hoping to get a shot or two up close. Butterflies from all over the world live their brief lives in an 85-degree glass greenhouse filled with tropical plants and it’s open to the public. […]

INSPIRATION, TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Control the Background in Your Macro Photos
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Control the Background for powerful macro photography As with most forms of photography, macro imagery benefits from having a strong main subject; A subject that stands out and keeps the attention of the viewer. One approach to strengthening your main subject is by ensuring that you background does not compete with it. I consider the […]

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Two Elements to Better Macro Photography
April 22, 2013  Author:   (1)

I thought that title might suck you in and now that I’ve got your attention I want to tell you about my favorite accessory for macro photography.  It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to macro and want to buy some gear or if you’ve been shooting for years and already own a macro […]

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