Frame and wait!

Sometimes, when we find a beautiful setting, we take our camera, compose the picture and eagerly shoot a photo. We then check the LCD’s preview and see that the photo looks fine but there is something important missing from the image. It could be a balancing feature or a pattern-breaking element. Many times what the photo needs is a human or dynamic connection and if we cannot find it we walk away with an incomplete image. Continue reading Frame and wait!

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How sharp do our photos need to be?

One of the coolest things I learned when I got started with photography was the use of the depth of field scales that came engraved in my lenses. With these I was able to take a picture in which both a friend and the trees in the background looked sharp. Continue reading How sharp do our photos need to be?

Raw is not for fixing bad photos

Recently I had a chance to teach raw file processing in Adobe Lightroom to graphic designers interested in photography. It was a nice experience, …but I learned that a lot of people think photographers use computers for fixing everything they could not get right and making great pictures out of bad ones. Continue reading Raw is not for fixing bad photos

Photographer’s block or just bad luck?

Have you ever gone out to take pictures and you just don’t make any? It’s happened to me a few times. Yesterday the afternoon looked nice and I went on the road to nearby Irazu volcano to photograph nice clouds and the landscape below. I don’t know if I was just too focused in this particular type of image or the weather did not help  but I spent the first two hours wandering around without seeing any images. Continue reading Photographer’s block or just bad luck?

Writings about the art and technique of photography. Mostly with Nikon equipment.