There is a lot of wildlife in the Central American jungles that we rarely see because it is nocturnal, extremely shy, or inhabits hard to reach places. In the last two weeks I was lucky to come across both, a hard to see bird and a hard to see mammal… Continue reading High sensitivity encounters
Having fun is what photography is about. On difficult assignments we all sweat and bite our lips but, when nothing is at stake, then we all can enjoy our art and even play with the unexpected. Continue reading Multiple Exposures at the Beads Shop
I admit it: I have periodic episodes of lens testing mania. This time it was the bokeh stuff. As we all know, lens testing is a disease that can develop into the dreaded Gear Acquisition Syndrome… Continue reading Pixel peeping or photo shooting?
Photographer, know thy camera!
We know we should not take pictures with important highlights clipped from our precious photos. This is why our cameras show histograms and flashing pixels in the LCD, but… are they always right? Continue reading Photographer, know thy camera!
One of the highlights of a trip to Peru is a flight over the Nazca Lines: Take a double dose of motion sickness pills, jump on a tiny airplane and enjoy the view… or camera in hand shoot as much as possible during the 40 minutes flight. Continue reading High Pass Over the Nazca Lines
This is my third and last installment on my first visits to the multiple exposure playground I am calling “Multiple Impressions.”
Walking through the stands packed with clothes and accessories at the open market in Florence, I saw so much color to juxtapose with the silhouettes of passersby that I knew I had to make very expressive and dynamic photos Continue reading One market. One hundred vendors. One thousand tourists.
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!
Say you want to take a photo of some beautiful wildflowers on the ground and at the same time include a stream and distant mountains in a shot. The shot looks nice using an 18 mm setting in your zoom lens Continue reading Sharp photos by the numbers
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?
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