Tips & Tricks

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...
In December 2006, I participated in the adventure of a lifetime: a six-day expedition to Canada's Cape Chruchill (58°47'N and 93°15'W) to photograph polar bears, the awesome sub-Arctic scenery and other Arctic wildlife. This was no trip for wimpy photographers. The temperature, with the wind-chill factor, hovered at 35°F below zero. Shooting time was limited to about six...
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...
More and more people are upgrading from digital point and shoot cameras to the now more affordable digital SLR cameras. Many people are attracted by the option of interchangeable lenses and increased creative control of the SLR cameras but many are often confused by all the options that come with this newfound tool. Although the digital SLR can capture great images when left in the automatic...
A couple of years ago, I purchased my first digital SLR camera that had interchangeable lenses. Between then and now I have learned some valuable lessons that I would like to pass on, so that others don't make the same mistakes that I made. After buying a Canon 20D SLR with the 18-55mm lens, I was anxious to purchase a zoom lens. I looked online and went to my local photo store and purchased...
When it comes to digital cameras, the most common complaint that I have heard from people is that their camera is not fast enough. When people talk about the speed of the camera, most of the time they are talking about the time delay between pressing the shutter release and the capturing of the image. Those of us who have been shooting digital for more than a couple of years know that this was a...