Articles & Info

Articles and Information

Photography articles are divided into three categories. "Using Your Digital SLR" has articles focusing on the technical aspects of the digital camera; use of the camera functions and settings; and lens/equipment instruction. "Getting Creative" contains articles on how to put some of these techniques to use in different settings and how to achieve certain types of images. "Lens Reviews" is self explanatory. As I use Canon camera bodies, the reviews are of Canon and Canon compatible lenses. If you would like to submit a guest article, please contact me. Thank you for reading and please don't hesitate to let me know if you have questions or ideas for future photography articles!


Article on how to photograph the sky well

Photographing The Sky

Photographing the sky isn’t as easy as it looks.  More often than not, the sky appears washed out and dull in photographs.  The first key to any shot that includes the sky is to make sure there are clouds in the  image.  Without clouds, the sky will be dull no matter what. Take a look […]


Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Lens Review

Basic Rundown: List Price: $2,499 Filter Size: 77mm Weight: ~3.3 lbs (1.5 kg) The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens is the cream of the 70-200mm Canon crop.  Canon actually makes 4 L lenses of the 70-200 mm focal range variety, but this one tops the line.  The other models are either a full stop […]

Macro photography and macro extension tubes

Macro Photography And Using Macro Extension Tubes

Macro photography is cool, really cool.  Any photograph that makes the subject appear larger than life captures our attention.  Think: insects that look giant, photography of flowers or leaf petals.  Unfortunately, macro photography requires special macro lenses.  Macro lenses are designed to have a closer focusing distance than your regular lens.  To really zoom in […]

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Using Aperture And Shutter Speed Creatively

Aside from the creative ability of photography composition itself, aperture and shutter speed variability are two different mechanisms to creatively express a given scene.  For a given exposure of a scene, varying either will often have a dramatic effect on the photograph.  This article will explain how using aperture and shutter speed can affect your […]

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Handy (And Free!) Apps For Your Smartphone That Will Help Your Photography

I have to admit, I’m a smartphone convert. I had an old-school flip-phone for years, and only made the switch recently when I was due for an upgrade and needed a phone with international calling. But I have converted. Now I don’t go anywhere without my smartphone, including on photo shoots. There are a few […]

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A Step By Step Guide To Using A 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter

The 10-Stop neutral density filter is incredible.  It filters out 99.9% of light!  Without smudging your fingerprints on the filter itself, hold it up to the brightest light you can find.  You probably will not be able to see anything through it.  And yet, with a correctly calculated exposure time, your image will look completely […]

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Tips For Taking Long Exposures

Long exposure photography is useful for creating a blur effect with movement (think waterfalls and cityscapes with cars) and necessary in low light such as with night photography.  Of course your shutter speed, which may vary from a few seconds to minutes, will vary based on the amount of ambient light, and use of a […]


Photographing Great Landscapes

I have to admit, photographing landscapes is one of my favorite types of photography and is also the most challenging.  All too often, my pictures from an amazing hike (where I had to lug all my heavy equipment along!) don’t do justice to the breathtaking geography I just saw.  Granted, the human eye, or more […]

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Digital SLRs vs. Compact Camera Systems

Maybe you’ve stumbled across this site before you’ve purchased a dSLR camera.  Maybe you’re wondering if you should buy a compact camera system instead.  Before you decide, this article may help!  Compact camera systems vs dslr cameras is certainly a topic of debate.  If you’ve already purchased your dSLR, don’t worry, I think you’ve made the […]

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Choosing Lenses

Chances are your digital SLR camera came with a lens (“kit lens”) and chances are when you’ve poked around with that lens you loved it more than any point-and-shoot you’ve ever used.  You’ve noticed that the “zoom” ability is greater, and that you can fill the frame with more subject if you desire.  That’s fantastic.  […]

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