Great app for celestial events

The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a must-have for every photographer.  This handy app shows the direction of sunrise/sunset and for those who want to shoot the blood moon on October 8, 2014. The direction of moonrise/moonset. You can set a location,  get compass degrees, times and even set a date for future events. Save locations you […]

Great gifts for photographers

Do you have a photographer in your life? Whether they are pros or hobbyists, these ideas are some of the best ideas for the upcoming holidays, birthdays or anniversaries. 1. Photography classes/workshops– continuing education for all levels is always welcome. If you are serious about honing your craft, check out Kelby Training, Nikon School, Barefoot […]

Depth of Field- It’s all in the numbers

One of the most interesting concepts artistically that my students want to achieve is called the Figure/Ground Principle. It is one of the Gestalt Principles. These principles were developed by a group of German psychologists in the 1920’s and determined how we perceived various visual stimuli. “Gestalt” means “unified whole” so in other words, it […]

Additional thoughts on Nikon V1

The more I shoot with the Nikon V1 the more I am impressed.  This spiny orb weaver was a tricky subject because auto-focus just doesn’t work- manual focus is the only way to go. Thankfully the manual focus feature on the Nikon V1 which has the electronic viewfinder makes this extremely easy. The OK button […]

It’s not the size of the camera anymore

Technorati Tags: Nikon 1,technology,camera systems,mirrorless,camera comparison The days of walking around with a big bulky DSLR may be coming to an end. Bigger does not mean better anymore. Don’t be surprised if the next time you hire a professional photographer and one of their cameras is a small, lightweight, compact mirrorless camera. These new systems […]

A lens by any other name…

During my classes one student inevitably asks “what lens should I buy?” I try to tell them the important differences between prime and zoom lenses. For any photographer who is looking to shoot sharper photos, prime lenses are the way to go. If you don’t know what a prime lens is then this blog is […]