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)”

Three tips, better shot: The magic of Christmas lights

Christmas trees provide some of the best opportunities to have a little fun with lighting. That’s why it’s one of my favorite times of the year to take pictures.There are a few things that you can do to help improve the odds of getting a better picture when photographing the magic of Christmas lights. Read … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: The magic of Christmas lights”

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: Stitching photos for the full picture

When I’m out and about, I don’t like to carry around more than a lens or two – this means that sometimes I run into a scene I can’t fit into one shot. For instance, the 24mm lens I had the day I went to check out the in-progress Freedom Tower in the featured photo … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: Stitching photos for the full picture”

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: 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: Getting the decisive moment

“The Decisive Moment” is one of the key basic concepts drilled into a photography student’s head when first starting out. In sports, it’s capturing the peak moment of a play. With your kids, it’s getting that perfect smile and head positioning. In the featured photo for this post, it’s all about getting the right mix … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: Getting the decisive moment”

Three tips, better shot: Your child’s monthly photo

Raise your hand if you’re a parent that bought an expensive DSLR camera when their kid was born, only to have it collect dust as you use your phone to take all those monthly photos of the little one. Well here’s an excuse to dust off the DSLR – because you can probably get pretty … Continue reading “Three tips, better shot: Your child’s monthly photo”