My Epic Family Photography Photoshoot Fail

My Epic Family Photography Photoshoot Fail
I was pumped! And I was prepared too. I had bought the flash brackets and two umbrellas. I had figured out how to trigger flashes from my camera, and I had even recorded some introductory footage in preparation for making a video that would cover in real-time what I was learning on this new photo excursion! You might... Read More »

Are Your Photos Stored Safely?

Are Your Photos Stored Safely?
Where do you store your pictures? On your computer or on an external hard drive, I would assume? Now, what would happen if that computer or external hard drive crashed….this very instant?! Believe me, if you use electronic equipment, it will fail on you before too long. Once, after sharing a hard drive with friends... Read More »

Dealing With Underexposure

Dealing With Underexposure
Do your pictures turn out overly underexposed sometimes? This happens to me all the time. Especially when I’m shooting in full manual. The light changes, or I point the camera in a different direction, or I put a filter over the front of the lens and, yeah, I forgot to adjust my camera settings for the abrupt change... Read More »

Photography Exposure Cheat Sheet!

Photography Exposure Cheat Sheet!
What do you say? Is seeing easier than reading? I’d say so! Here’s a little cheat sheet to help you visually remember what’s important in photography exposure: which camera settings affect exposure, how those settings affect the way your photos look, and some ballpark numbers to help you know how to choose a proper... Read More »

The Power of Brushing

The Power of Brushing
Recently, a photographer friend of mine encouraged me to consider spending a little more time doing “local brushing” on my photos to help accent highlights, deepen shadows and increase overall visual appeal. I’m still learning how to do it (often I don’t really know where to start….what should I highlight? what... Read More »

This is THE Place for Photographers!

This is THE Place for Photographers!
Having never been to one before, I wasn’t sure what to expect at the Photography and Media Summit hosted by Miracle Mountain Ranch last weekend…. Well, here’s what happened and my opinion on it:   Behind the Scenes Insights My first connection with Miracle Mountain Ranch was two years ago at a HEAV Convention. I... Read More »

Quick Edit: Spring Dogwood

Quick Edit: Spring Dogwood
I don’t know if you remember, but this month’s free desktop background wallpaper was a pretty branch of dogwood flowers taken during a stroll through the park surrounding the St. Louis Arch. Well, here’s a little video of how I edited it. In real time, using Lightroom and a little Photoshop, it took me about 30... Read More »

The Price of Adventure

The Price of Adventure
Enjoy adventure?! Be sure to count the cost, because you never know when everything might just go dead wrong….   Behind the Scenes Insights I was well aware of the danger of a wet snowfall….if it was a snowfall in late autumn when there were still leaves on the trees. But in February? It never crossed my mind... Read More »

Exploring West Virginia: What NOT to Do!

Exploring West Virginia: What NOT to Do!
Do you relish stress? Or would you prefer to steer clear of unnecessary problems? Learn from my mistake…never cross a point of no return if you don’t know what’s beyond it! Here’s a story of what happened when I did, and the lessons I learned from it… Behind the Scenes Insights I’d say the idea of following Google... Read More »

How I Use a Wal-Mart Tripod!

How I Use a Wal-Mart Tripod!
Not all tripods are created equal. So what can you expect in a tripod if you can’t afford a durable, name-brand one? After accidentally leaving my quality, Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod at home on a recent, multi-day photo excursion last week, I started learning what it was like to use a less-than-perfect tripod!... Read More »

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