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

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

Shooting Star Trails

I  recently had a student who was interested in shooting star trails.   I was very familiar with the techniques from the 35mm days but knew digital required a new approach, so once again “hit the books”.  The new techniques necessary to do so are not all too dissimilar from 35mm  except digital requires 250+ exposures and some post production work.    So I  thought I would share, in outline form, some of the steps to successfully record star trailsRead more