Preparation and Process

While recently watching the TV show, Grey’s Anatomy, one of the medical residents was being quizzed on the step-by-step procedures for the surgery she was about to perform. Of course, she accurately recited each step, but when it came time for the surgery, she couldn’t remember one small, but critical step in the procedure. While […]

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New iPhone App for Yosemite

In three previous posts, I discussed iPhone apps that can help photographers make better images. Well, here’s a brand new app by Michael Frye, Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite, that will definitely be installed on my iPhone before I visit Yosemite. Check out the video demo on the link and all the information about this VERY […]

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Photographers, Know Your Rights!

For photographers (and videographers) in the U.S., there have been a number of recent situations where the police have stopped the photographer from shooting in certain locations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has published a paper providing guidance on the rights that photographers have. Read this information carefully, and remember, while you might have […]

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Staying Motivated … Being Inspired

For those of us that do most, if not all of our work alone, staying motivated can sometimes be a challenge. The painter with her brushes, paints and canvas; the composer with his keyboard or paper with staffs or computer; the potter with her clay and wheel; or the photographer with his camera and subject […]

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WTC Remembered

For the six month anniversary of the 9/11 disaster, this “Tribute in Lights” illuminated the sky for dozens of miles around New York City. I was scheduled to have been in the World Trade Center at 11am on 9/11. Like hundreds of millions of others, just before 9am, I watched in horror as the unthinkable […]

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All Lighting is Not Created Equal

What do the following have in common: Guggenheim Museum, NYC Muse d’Orsay, Paris National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Art Institute, Chicago Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Sislen Fine Art Studio, Bethesda, Maryland Answer: SoLux Lighting Photographers know that the most important component of every photograph is “the light.” As much time as we spend […]

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National Parks from Space!

I’ve visited a number of the National Parks featured in this article in Wired Magazine, but my photographs never look like this! It’s fascinating to see these incredible places from a new perspective. View Wired Magazine Article.

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Assume You Can’t Go Back!

For a number of reasons, I often go back to locations where I have previously shot. The first time I visit a location, especially a non-local location, often my adrenalin is pumping and it takes me a little while to settle into the place. I like to walk around, get comfortable and only then begin […]

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An App a Day … Part 3 of 3

For this post, I’m going to discuss two very useful, but very different apps. “Tide Graph” provides tide information for virtually any location in the U.S. “f/8 DoF Calculator” provides everything you need to know to determine and properly set your camera for controlling the area of “perceived focus” in your images, otherwise known as […]

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