How to turn this… into THIS

I just got back from Turks and Caicos and while I didn’t take many photos there, I did manage to capture this:   This is one of only two tourist scenes I shot in Turks and Caicos. It’s a photo I’ve always wanted to take, and while it’s admittedly not the most original out there, I […]

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Take your sharpest pictures

The 50 megapixel Canon 5DSR, the 43 megapixel Sony A7RII, and the 36 megapixel Nikon D810 – these and other cameras are megapixel behemoths that can capture every last ounce of detail present in a scene. Unfortunately, much of the resolution (and money you spent) is wasted unless you know how to push your camera to its limit. […]

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Emotive Travel Photography

There are really two kinds of travel pictures. The first are the quick snaps which don’t require much thought or planning. These pictures make up the vast majority of travel photographs, yet they do little more than prove that we were in a place. The second kind of travel pictures are emotive. These are the shots that photographers take time […]

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Travel vs. Wedding photography

I shot my first wedding this month. Admittedly I was a bit apprehensive beforehand: these would be memories the couple will share together with their friends and families for the rest of their lives. More than cell phone snaps and Instagrams, I wanted to capture something timeless, something that would do justice to one of the most important days […]

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Fall Photo Tips

Fall is my favorite time of year – the temperature is pleasant and the air is refreshing. The sun is lower on the horizon during the day, leading to more opportunities to shoot in dramatic light, and the leaves turn to brilliant hues of red and gold. Fall is also a great time to travel as summer […]

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You Don’t Need a New Camera

I totally get it. You’ve saved some serious cash for your next big international trip, and you want to take pictures of it all. That means you need a new camera, right? Er, probably not. Digital photography is mature, just as it has been for the last 8 years when the 10 megapixel barrier was […]

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Why you should Shoot Film (at least once)

In a great demonstration of coming full circle, popular edits these days are sporting decidedly lo-fi looks. Maybe this is a backlash against the hyper realism of formerly-popular HDR, or maybe it’s just the natural progression of things. In any case, one look at Instagram proves that film inspired edits are here to stay.  There’s […]

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How to Create Your Own Photography Website

There are a million reasons why you might want to create your own photography website. Maybe you’re looking beyond Facebook, Flickr, and 500px for ways to showcase your photography to friends and family. Perhaps you want to attract new clients for your photography business. Or maybe you need a professional online gallery to gain more […]

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Dramatic Light Photography

One of the best ways to improve any photo is to use dramatic light. Sunrises and sunsets provide the best and most reliable opportunities for good photographs in dramatic light. I always get a rush when I see a beautiful sunset or sunrise on the road. Experiencing a new location under beautiful light is just as important to […]

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All About Neutral Density Filters

Several months back, I received this question on Twitter from @HusbandInTow: Would love to see basic stuff for photo novices, like how to use a filter, how to slow shutter speed, etc Thanks for the question @HusbandInTow. The best way to slow your shutter speed is by using Neutral Density Filters. To make the most […]

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Using Jet Lag to Your Advantage

 Fast Planes and Big Oceans. Why You Can’t Beat Jet Lag. Humans have been around for a couple hundred thousand years, and only within the last 70 have we begun flying big planes across big oceans. The idea that 16 hours is a “long” time to travel between Chicago and Hong Kong, or San Francisco […]

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Finding Your Photographic Style

It’s all about STYLE, baby The other day I was thinking about developing your own photographic style, and the famous Ted Grant quote popped into my head. Like so many great photographers, Ted has a style that’s all his own: “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in […]

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Getting that Film Look

I have a new found fascination and respect for film after shooting with it extensively, including on my recent trip to Istanbul. I love the stuff – it’s challenging, it’s beautiful, and it’s so much fun. Although I got my photographic start with my first film SLR, I’ve never really considered myself a film photographer. With film, […]

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Instagram… in Real Life

This is Gracie. She’s my family dog, and this is her “portrait”. The picture’s out of focus, the colors are horrible, and yet something about this picture screams awesome. It’s awesome because it’s real. No Instagram, no batteries, memory cards or digital cameras, and not much in the way of photoshop, either. In fact there’s […]

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What Camera Should You Buy?

Taking a big trip soon? In the market for a new camera? A lot of people start seriously considering buying their first “real” camera before they take their first major trip. They want quality, memories, and lots of good pictures. There’s no upper limit to what you can spend in photography, and it’s easy to […]

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Don’t Baby Your Camera!

Cameras don’t need to be coddled. Your camera is a well constructed tool that’s built to take a beating. The more relaxed you are about your gear, the better pictures you’ll take. After all, the real beauty of a camera is found in the pictures you produce with it. Think of the stereotypical camera toting […]

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My Favorite sub $1000 DSLR

I am not being paid to tell you about this camera. These opinions are entirely my own. If you’re thinking of buying a DSLR, what you’re really looking for is value. What’s going to give you the most camera for your money? Looking at Canon’s lineup, the cameras available now are the Rebel T3i ($600), Rebel […]

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Capturing Time with a 10 Stop ND Filter

The Blur Effect You know that nighttime motion blur you get that looks oooh-so good in photographs (see below)? Did you know you don’t have to wait till nightfall to obtain it? You can easily “stop motion” with extraordinarily short exposures: A hummingbird in flight, a single drop of falling water, a popping balloon. But how about […]

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Finding Unique Ways to Photograph Common Things

The world is pretty well explored – wherever you are, somebody’s already been there. And whatever you’re taking pictures of, well, somebody’s already taken pictures of the exact same thing. So how do you find originality in travel photos? Create it. Just because you aren’t photographing anything new doesn’t mean you can’t do it in […]

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A New Way to Saturate Colors

Color Saturation. Pretty basic stuff, right? Sure it is, until you push it too far and see dreaded color banding. It’s easy to do even if you’re going for a natural look. Photoshop has two well used primary controls: Vibrance and Saturation. Vibrance targets the blues and other non-skin tone colors. It does a nice […]

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The Difference Between Snapshots and Photographs

Walking around Prague on my latest international trip, I couldn’t help but notice the myraid cameras adorning the necks of enthusiastic tourists. It got me thinking: if everyone’s taking pictures of the same thing in the same place at the same time, what can be done to stand out? What’s the difference between a tourist snapshot and a […]

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A Guide to Travel Photography

Travel and photography go hand in hand. Everyday life to the locals may very well be something special and unique to a foreign visitor, something that will create a lasting memory through photography. Over the years I’ve taken a whole lot of travel photos… TONS of bad ones, some good ones, and a very select few great […]

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A Guide to Startrails

One of my favorite things about photography is it allows us to see things we would never be able to with other media. To actually see the movement of stars over the course of hours is really incredible. If done right, startrail shots will be some of the most beautiful images you will ever capture. The thing about startrails is […]

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