Introduction As you might expect, the answer is yes. All it takes is some basic gear, some basic setups and some practice with a willing subject. Gear You don’t need to go into the poor house to make this work. Let’s start by assuming that you have a camera that takes interchangeable lenses. Next you need a lens that is going to give you a pretty look for portraits. As a working professional, I can tell you that the most popular lens for pro grade portraits is the 70-200mm full […]

Shooting great video with your interchangeable lens camera is easy if you know the simple tips to make it work. We will start with the basic settings and then look at some key accessories that will raise the quality and watchability of your project. Camera Settings Most all cameras have a video mode. This is different from just pressing the Record button because it gives you some simple controls that make for better video right away. Figure 1 : This image shows the toggle switch on a Nikon camera to […]

Using Your DSLR For Instagram

Instagram is a phenomenon that has already surpassed Twitter in users. In addition to being a photo-sharing app for smartphone users, it has become a vibrant social network. While some users have smartphones with advanced camera capabilities that produce quality images, most do not.

With the holiday season behind us and everything returning to normal, now is a great time to take a look at your holiday videos and consolidate them into a presentable form that you can share easily, and enjoy for years to come.

A new camera is a wonderful thing. It doesn’t have to be brand new, it could be gently used, it could be handed to you from a family member, wherever it came from, you have it now. It could be a DSLR, it could even be a home security camera for apartment! So the next question is what do you do?

There are many genres of photography to explore in the world. Traditional genres such as portraiture, landscape, still life, and macro photography all follow a basic set of rules and principles that must be adhered to for technically proficient results.

There are some photographic genres that defy the static rules of photography. Light painting is just such a genre!

When my editor sent me this topic, I have to admit that I asked myself if there really were that many ways to photograph the holidays and holiday related events.  It was quite a challenge to come up with some reasonable candidates, so here we go. 1. 360 Degree Family Gatherings 360 cameras are easy to use and most deliver great results with no fuss, no muss.  Put one on a stand or hang it from a ceiling (you can rotate the footage later) and use your smartphone to wirelessly […]