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: 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: 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: Silhouette photos

Take a look at the photo above – can you tell what it is? Did you guess that it’s a happy couple on their wedding day? I’d bet that was a yes. But how did you know? You can’t actually see the people, they’re all in shadow! Well, yes, but there are the details that … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: Silhouette photos”

Three tips, better shot: Montauk Point Lighthouse

The Montauk Point Lighthouse. Whenever I feel like I haven’t done any photography in a while, I head out east and I’m inspired by the beauty and peace I find out there. It’s very easy to make the “postcard image” of the lighthouse, but how do you make something different of a subject that countless others … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: Montauk Point Lighthouse”