Tips & Tricks

Photographing sports, whether it is a professional team or your child's local team, can be a lot of fun and yield some great results. But, it helps to know some tips in order to get the best pictures. Different types of sports require different camera settings and shooting techniques. The first thing that you want to determine is whether you want to freeze the action or whether you want to...
One of the great challenges in photography is capturing something different from what everybody else is shooting. It is for this very reason that I look for new and innovative ways to capture a scene at night or with a different perspective. In past articles I have highlighted night photography because fewer people know how to shoot in this light and because fewer people have the proper equipment...
I just returned from a nice relaxing trip to Hawaii and, as always, I returned with a whole lot of digital pictures. But, this time I came home with a different view of Maui, pictures from below the surface of the water. In past trips with my family I have tried using a disposable film camera and have always been disappointed with the pictures once they were developed. When snorkeling, I would...
It seems like we are surrounded by the allure of speed. Our cameras can shoot faster, auto focus can lock in faster, memory cards are up to 600x and card readers can download at amazing speeds. As we look at the world around us, we see people moving at a frantic pace. With smart phones and email everywhere, it seems as if all of us are addicted to "instant gratification" and find it...
The momentary chill of the Sierra night runs from the rising sun cresting over the sage. Silhouettes of a bygone era begin to take form as the light level grows. The sounds of metal grinding against metal, protesting from working so early in the morning can be heard behind us. The aroma of coffee starts to linger in the air and voices soon follow. Moments later the smell of av gas replaces the...
When you employ the understated Power of KISS (Keep it simple, shutterbug): many great photographs have a commonality in their simplicity and directness. But this simplicity is part of the photos elegance; the photographer has used the viewfinder like a canvas. Everything in the photo is relevant to the message of the image. You pick up the image, study it, move it closer or further away, and...
A wedding is a celebration of life that is distinctive to every culture, religion, and person. It's my job to capture its beauty in a natural, comfortable, and fun way that ensures a successful, unique outcome every time. Here are some things I focus on: 1. A Natural Look - I strive to preserve the natural flow of the wedding day by shooting in an unobtrusive, documentary style. I show up at...
Many of us can remember that knee-buckling feeling the day we opened the back of our film camera and saw the exposed roll of film laying across the camera's shutter. We forgot to rewind the film into the canister or it did not rewind completely, and we knew we had lost irreplaceable images. Losing images can happen with digital cameras as well. However, losing digital images may not be as...
I can't tell you how many times I have been to the beach before sunset and seen crowds of people ready to take that magical shot of the sun setting on the horizon. Sure, this can make for a nice picture, but what really amazes me is how many of those people put their cameras away and leave the beach right after the sun has dipped below the horizon. Oh, what they don't know! If you take...
These days, there are so many menus and settings on digital cameras that it is difficult to learn them all. Most casual photographers learn the basic settings or rely strictly on the automatic modes of digital point-and-shoot and SLR cameras. With a little experimenting, you will find that you can command great control of your camera and more importantly, your images. The white balance setting...