Senior Season

Another school year is underway and planning begins early for yearbook advisors. Of paramount important is getting those senior ads in and that means LOTS of senior portrait seesions for photographers around the country. There are a few tips that might help you soon-to-be grads get the best look with the least amount of effort. […]

Blood Moon Excitement

This celestial occurance coincides with the final night of my Advanced Creative Photography class. It is in this course that my students go from the default Evaluative light meter setting to the more precise Partial/Center-Weighted and Spot meters. The blood moon or total lunar eclipse will be a great opportunity for them to try their […]

Adding Video Skills

Lately I have had a lot of questions in my photography classes about video. Now I do not pretend to be a video expert- that would be my daughter’s medium of choice. However, with HDMI video recording capabilities and the advent of hybrid products offered by professional photographers, the time has come to understand more […]

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 […]

Deliberate Choice

Those are the words I have been searching for for some time. In a recent discussion with a photo student, we were talking about how digital photography has changed how people photograph their subjects. I told her about a recent article I had read about how people mindlessly take thousands and thousands of photographs and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Painting with light

DSC_1441.JPG, a photo by pgwilliamson on Flickr. My nieces were outside having fun with sparklers trying to “paint” a heart while snapping a photograph. Unfortunately I did not realize what they were trying to accomplish until AFTER they were out of sparklers. I suggested that we use flashlights instead to try their idea and guided […]

So you want to photograph the moon?

Okay, so tonight is the so called SuperMoon. A term coined because tonight’s full moon in perigee means that the moon will be closer to the earth during its elliptical orbit. Since it is full it will be big and bright. Is this ocurrance rare? No, apparently there are 4-6 SuperMoon per year on average. The last […]