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DFW Strobists

I have spent the afternoon in Arlington, TX learning about strobist lighting setups. For anyone not familiar with strobist, check out strobist.com for some great information. We are also hearing a lecture about becoming a professional wedding photographer and all of the pitfalls and gotchas. Big points to register with ppa.com and/or wppionline.com for insurance […]


Camera Modes

So I got to thinking over the long holiday weekend about camera modes and when to use each one. Read on for some valuable lessons. I’m going to cover this, what each camera mode does on your camera (its stated in your manual but in a boring way)   Portrait Mode This mode will automatically […]


The Rule of Thirds

Continuing my how to series, we have The Rule of Thirds. I was thinking about this the other day, and how when I first started taking photos everyone was speaking about the rules of thirds, and I had really no idea what they were talking about so I’d though I share my interpretation on this […]


Brushing Up on the Sunny 16 Rule

photo credit: Kuw_Son With digital cameras today, there’s almost never a need to “guess” or estimate exposure settings. Even so, you may eventually find yourself having to ignore your light meter and take the situation into your own hands. Or perhaps you’ll end up falling for film and buying an old camera without a light […]


Intro To Shutter Speeds

I have covered apreture and I have covered ISO. Now its time for shutter speeds! What is Shutter Speeds? Lets make it simple: “It’s the amount of time the shutter is open” – pretty simple, right! This used to mean in film photography, that it was the amount of time that the film was exposed […]


How to Photograph Fireworks Displays

With july 4th almost upon us, I thought some tips for shooting fireworks might be in order. Do you want to know how to photograph fireworks? With 4th July just days away I thought I’d refresh this article in which I give 10 Fireworks Photography tips to help you get started. Fireworks Displays are something […]


Understanding Aperture

It was pointed out by one of my readers that he wanted to get some more photo tips, so to speak and I must agree that he is right. This seems to be more a Photoshop blog then a photography blog so lets change that around. I’m going to cover some feature through the following […]


Understanding Digital ISO

Digital ISO and film ISO are two different things. I don’t have any film that was shot with the ISO I’m going to be comparing, but I will try to find a few examples. In film ISO or also called ASA measured the sensitivity of the film that was being used. So depending on what […]


Going Manual: Learning Exposure Basics

Exposure is probably the most dreaded subject in photography. We know a lot of photographers who have been shooting for years but still rely on their camera’s metering system to dictate a scene’s exposure. Cameras are getting more and more advanced which is why it works, but it will not work all the time. This […]


How should I clean my DSLR’s lens?

I’ve noticed that my DSLR’s lens has lots of smudges on it that are starting to impact the quality of my images but I’m too scared to clean it because I’m worried about scratching it. Do you have any suggestions? – Chris Cleaning your camera’s lenses should be a regular (although not too regular) part […]


How to Buy a Digital Camera – A 9 Step Guide

Yesterday’s post on how to choose a DSLR camera leads us to today’s continuation of the series. Here is a guide on how to buy a digital camera. Below is a reprint from dPS. I’m not going to talk you through all the different features on a digital camera or tell you which models are […]


How to Choose a DSLR Camera

Today we have a continuation of my series on what to buy and how to choose when it comes to digital cameras. Yesterday’s post entitled Should you buy a DSLR or Point and Shoot Digital Camera was the first in a series. Below is a reprint from dPS. DSLR Cameras are increasingly becoming a type […]