UV filters and Cleaning

After decades of shooting SLR and DSLR cameras, here are a couple tips. There is an ongoing huge debate on whether or not to use a UV or skylight filter. The issue becomes, the camera is only as good as the lens attached, quality lenses cost money. Why would I use an $80 filter on my $1500…

Black and White

CONTRAST Black & white photography is about the darkest blacks, the whitest whites, and all the grey tones in between. Your eye is built to pick up two things: light intensity and color. When you take out color, eyes become more sensitive to the light intensity. Naturally your will pick out areas of contrast — it’s how…

Take better photographs of children

A new arrival in the family is often an incentive to buy a camera. While taking control of autofocus, aperture and shutter speed can help with taking better pictures of children, one of the most significant ways to improve your shots is to work on their composition. For a start it’s often best to shoot…

Spring and Summer Sunsets

Take advantage of the sunrise now that the days are getting longer. The air is cleaner at sunrise, and at this time of year when day and night temperatures vary a lot, the colors will photograph very differently early in the morning than they will late in the afternoon. Fog and mist can also be…

Spring Photography

Here are a few of my tips for taking photographs in spring.  Spring landscapes are colorful and the new spring growth looks great against a blue sky. To make the colors more saturated—particularly the blue sky—use a polarizing filter. Look out for symmetrical shapes and unusual views, such as rows of strong green vegetation or…