Do Cameras Take Pictures?

Do Cameras Take Pictures?
When you see a beautiful picture, was it the camera or the photographer that took it? I’d say the answer is, both. Of course it was the photographer that initiated it. It was the photographer that envisioned the pretty picture, brought the camera to the right spot, set it up, framed the shot, adjusted all the... Read More »

The Confessions of a Landscape Photographer

The Confessions of a Landscape Photographer
Oh the allure of landscape photography…. To travel to the most beautiful places on earth! To get lost in the wonder and awesomeness of God’s creation! To experience the adventure of the unknown and encounter the realities of the wilderness! I’ve longed for it. I’ll never forget, when I was about 14 years old, the... Read More »

Is It A Lens, Or Does It Just Look Like One?

Is It A Lens, Or Does It Just Look Like One?
I shifted my position on the pew once again. Am I the only one who fights the battle to banish drowsiness on Sunday mornings? It’s not that the Sunday School lesson wasn’t interesting….we were engaged in an intriguing study of human nature as characterized in the life of Balaam. It was just me, having stayed up too... Read More »

Playing With A New Perspective

Playing With A New Perspective
The kind of mood you want viewers to feel when they look at your photo begins with how you decide to frame up your shot. There’s a lot of power behind the perspective you decide to shoot from! The other day, as I was thinking about how to best shoot the newly launched Shoot to Serve photo assignment, I thought... Read More »

Am I Getting Consistent Results?

Am I Getting Consistent Results?
I am by no means an HDR expert, but as far as I know, there are two main ways to go about processing photos in a way that showcases a high dynamic range: Tone Mapping and Exposure Blending. I’ve have had fun playing with Tone Mapping in programs like Photomatix and Lightroom. Sometimes I would get great results. And... Read More »

The Ultimate Purpose of Any Photograph

The Ultimate Purpose of Any Photograph
Not too long ago, I saw a picture that irked me. It’s not that it was “evil”. It was just that it contained stuff that didn’t impress me as being “good”—morally upright, exuding the qualities of unquestionable integrity. Stuff like this doesn’t always bother me. But for some reason, that day it did. So I stopped... Read More »

Looking for Waterfalls!

Looking for Waterfalls!
“Summer in West Virginia was very wet this year. Autumn has been no different. Why not take advantage of it and go take some pictures of waterfalls?!” This is what went through my head when the current Shoot to Serve photo assignment, Beautiful Waterfalls, came along. Nice thought. But not everyone can just up and go... Read More »

Oh, Those Miserable Dust Bunnies!

Oh, Those Miserable Dust Bunnies!
We all know what dust bunnies are, right? They’re those little balls of dust that gather on the floor after having not swept or dusted for a long time. But do you know dust bunnies are in photography? You have most likely seen them in your pictures before. They are those little round, dark spots that just seem to... Read More »

Hyperfocal Distance, Explained!

Hyperfocal Distance, Explained!
Ever wondered how pro landscape photographers get an entire image to be in tack-sharp focus, from the detailed foreground subject all the way to the distant, background elements? It’s because they understand an intriguing concept called “Hyperfocal Distance”. And it’s not as complicated as it may sound…. “Use f/11”... Read More »

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