Sunny 16 Exposure Without a Meter: Part III
July 13, 2011  Author:   (1)

There is a good chance that if you are using Sunny 16 and shooting in bright sunlight there will be a lot of shadows. As I discuss in Part I & Part II of my Sunny 16 article, this requires a little bit of exposure adjustment to maintain details in those shadows. This set of […]

Sunny 16 Exposure Without a Meter: Part II
July 12, 2011  Author:  

For those of you who missed Part I of my explanation of Sunny 16, be sure to read it. Once you have, please join the rest of us as we continue looking at when and how to use the rule of Sunny 16 to manually expose your images. This article will focus on exposing without a […]

Sunny 16 Exposure Without a Meter: Part I
July 8, 2011  Author:   (12)

I use the Sunny 16 technique as the surest and quickest way to take the mental wrangling (or at least some of it) out of shooting when my scene is in the bright sun. For those unfamiliar with the term, Sunny 16 refers to a manual exposure technique in which you set your camera to use an […]

A-ha! Moments in the Big Apple
November 22, 2010  Author:   (2)

The field of photography is changing faster than ever before—and this was especially apparent to me last month when a group of us from RMSP headed to New York for the annual PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo.  My wife, Jeanne (who is our School Director), our son Forest, and I had never attended before.  Marcy […]

Trends in Camera Models: What’s New and What’s Important to Know
October 8, 2010  Author:   (15)

Photokina, one of the largest international photo shows, took place in Germany a few weeks ago. New product after new product showcased the latest technological trends in photography, which since the advent of digital cameras, seems to be evolving at an unbelievably fast rate. In an attempt to keep tabs, I discuss some of these […]

Photographing Moving Water, Part II
September 17, 2010  Author:   (4)

Last month, I discussed the shutter speeds and filters that best create the beautiful blur characteristic of many photographs of running water. I explained that such photos require slow shutter speeds, which means shooting in low light, keeping the ISO as low as possible, and stopping down the aperture to F16, F22 or another small […]

Photographing Moving Water, Part I
August 17, 2010  Author:   (8)

I’ve always admired those photos that capture the soft, beautiful movement of water. Whether it’s a creek or small stream in a forest, a river carving through a pastoral landscape, or ocean waves breaking onto a shore, there is something magical, even mystical, about these photos. However, as photographers, there’s likely something intimidating, too. In […]

The Quest for the Perfect Camera-The Micro Four Thirds Camera System
July 19, 2010  Author:   (16)

As long as the search for a perfect camera persists, I’ll offer my two cents. My new camera, the Panasonic Lumix GF1, has really impressed me in the past month or so…

Benefits of the Fixed Normal Lens
June 1, 2010  Author:   (7)

Around the time I started photographing more than 50 years ago, the kit lens that came with virtually very SLR was a 50 mm lens. (My first SLR, by the way, was a Mamiya 35 mm body with a Canon 50 mm F 1.8 lens.) For years a “good system” consisted of a 35 mm […]

Depth of Field Part II
May 5, 2010  Author:   (4)

Read Part I of Neil’s Depth of Field article. The sun has yet to rise. I am sitting outside, enjoying the beautiful yet elusive time of day called “civil twilight”. Through my viewfinder I see a background of dark silhouettes, the mountains south of my home, and in the foreground I see grass heavy with […]

Depth of Field, Part I
March 17, 2010  Author:   (1)

Becoming a great photographer takes a lot of dedication, proper equipment, and skill. Many people wouldn’t even try without the first two, and equipment (once you know what to buy) is mostly a matter of money. The highest hurdle, therefore, is likely skill—acquiring the range of skills needed to understand the more technical aspects of photography such as […]

Considering Genres of Professional Photography, Part II
February 17, 2010  Author:   (2)

Read Considering Genres of Professional Photography, Part I. Whether it’s a part-time hobby or profession, photography offers something for everyone. And what may initially interest someone about the field may segue to something else—you  never know, taking family photos may evolve into a career shooting fashion or glamour photography. I got my first camera when […]

Considering Genres of Professional Photography, Part I
January 17, 2010  Author:   (3)

One of the most exciting things about the field of photography is its diversity. Subject, location, technique, and education all vary depending on genre—and there is certainly something for everyone: nature, adventure, portraiture, and food, to name a very few. This diversity caters to a broad range of interests, and having been in the field for […]