2016: Year in photos (And a big announcement)

So one of the things I discovered in 2016 is that working in marketing for a camera company, while an awesome and fun experience, actually leaves much less time for photography than I thought. The other thing I found out was that it is incredibly hard to maintain multiple social media identities – something I … Continue reading “2016: Year in photos (And a big announcement)”

Buying a camera for the student journalist

In teaching multimedia classes in journalism and communications schools, one of the most frequently asked questions I get in every workshop or class I teach is “What camera should I buy?” If you’re a student new to the multimedia world, the range of options can be intimidating. Do I get a camcorder? Do I get … Continue reading “Buying a camera for the student journalist”

Three tips, better shot: Jewelry and “El Bokeh Wall”

While I can’t take credit for the genesis of this technique (shoutout to Laya Gerlock and his “El Bokeh Wall” writeup in PetaPixel) I did take it and apply it to an engagement ring and took the whole thing out of the studio. The basic thrust of the technique here is that by using a … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: Jewelry and “El Bokeh Wall””

Three tips, better shot: That time Mazda USA picked up my picture

So if you’re a regular viewer of Mazda USA’s Instagram page, you may have noticed the featured image on this post pop up in your feed (and I’m sure the chance of you being a regular viewer of that and this page are slim). That’s my shot from a trip to the Valley of Fire … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: That time Mazda USA picked up my picture”

Three tips, better shot: Star trails made easy

You’ve probably seen the photos pop up on your Instagram or Pinterest pages – the ones where the stars look like white lines streaking across an expanse of night sky, like the photo featured in this post. It’s a bit of a different animal than to get a straight-up shot of the night sky, like … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: Star trails made easy”

Bettering yourself through repetition

The headline for this post could probably considered good life advice for many things, but today, I’m applying it for photography. See the featured photo in this post? A pretty cool shot of my friend Clare Brown from a while back. I can assure you, it wasn’t my first time playing with off camera light. … Continue reading “Bettering yourself through repetition”

Three tips, better shot: What ISO should I use?

One of the things I hear most in discussions with people who have been shooting for a while is something along the lines of “I never shoot above ISO 1600” or some other arbitrary number. When I bought a Canon Rebel XTI in 2007, that was the upper limit of the camera, so if that’s … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: What ISO should I use?”

Three tips, better shot: The night sky

I rarely get the chance to shoot a sky without light pollution, a hazard of living in lower New York. When I’m out and about though, I try to get away from the city lights and capture the stars above. While there are many ways to capture the night sky (star trails come to mind) this … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: The night sky”

Three tips, better shot: Macro photography and the world of the small

I’m not the greatest macro photographer. Sometimes, you just get lucky and get a cooperative subject, like this bee here on the featured photo for this post. But that said, macro photography is an important tool to have in your toolbox – if you’re shooting a wedding, for instance, you are going to want a … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: Macro photography and the world of the small”

Three tips, better shot: Easy product photography

If you’ve ever sold anything online, or even just browsed Amazon.com, you’ll know why today’s post is helpful – photographing products on white is something that’s an important technique to have in your toolbox. Some selling sites won’t let you use a photo to promote a product unless it’s on white. There are many ways … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: Easy product photography”