The Effect of Weather on Light

I have long been interested in the weather and how it effects so much of what we shoot. So much so I am doing research on and will be posting a blog post soon on the effects of weather on photography. A former co-worker of mine, not knowing I have been pondering this theme for a while, recently sent me an article posted on weather.com on the science behind fall and winter sunsets. So, due to the season we areRead more

A Eulogy For The Local Camera Store

Today is a sad day for Greenville, SC. Today is a sad day for our country. The internet won. Starting tomorrow morning, October 19, 2012, many of our cities will have a serious deficiency of readily accessible photographic knowledge. Years of acquired knowledge and expertise is gone. One person who knew the decades of cumulitive knowledge we had in our city told me “that is A LOT of knowledge just gone”. In Greenville, SC starting tomorrow morning go to 765FRead more

Foolproof Art Studio app

Today’s blog will be a little different than any of the previous ones. I recently discovered an app that any photographer can use to turn their images into art. The app is called Foolproof Art Studio and comes in a free version (you are limited to manipulation of pictures from youriPad or iPhone camera you take at that moment, or as they say “you are limited to using feesh camera shots as input images”) or a paid version ($1.99). IfRead more

Shutter Speed – tricks of the trade

  This will be the first of several articles on shutter speeds. Of the four aspects of exposure, (light, shutter speed, aperture and ISO), shutter speed is my second favorite, light being number one. Everywhere you look there is some kind of movement that can be recorded, whether that motion is “frozen” using a faster shutter speed or blurred a little with a slower shutter speed is first dependent on the light and secondly by how you want to interpretRead more

Photography and the Art of Seeing Light

        Training your “eye” to really see the light in any given scene is the most important step toward improving your photography. To see the lighting we must learn to stop and look at the actual shadows and gradients. Seeing is about awareness, but it isn’t easy at first. It takes a conscious decision to stop, and actually look and search the scene at length – to know what we see. The more you look, the moreRead more

Low light photography using only available light

  As a teacher I am always asked “how can I shoot such and such a subject in low light?”. Typically it is a parent photographing either a son or daughter playing indoor sports(these questions are far more numerous in the winter months when all the sports move inside) or throughout the school year when the kids have their programs in the school auditorium. I thought it would be good to just bullet point a few of the main pointsRead more

Copyright Warning!

I was reading today in the most recent Photo Industry Reporter this alarming report – “Many of our customers probably think the photos they’re uploading to ¬†social networking sites like Twitter and Flickr are theirs. They’re not. According to a report from The Next Web, sites like Twitpic, picplz, Color, vFrog, Instagram, Flickr and Lockerz (aka fka Plixi) all stipulate that they have the right to use posted photos for their commercial gain.¬†Of course this isn’t usually stipulated up frontRead more