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?

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 […]

Winter is coming. I heard that somewhere. A lot of folks don’t get out and shoot in the wintertime and I want to share with you some quick tips that will help you make better images and videos in wintertime outdoors. You Can Shoot in the Cold There is some misunderstanding about whether your camera will work in the cold. The answer is that it will, just expect less battery life as the cold impacts battery efficiency. You may need to carry a spare battery, and if you do, keep […]

We can all agree that memories are an integral part of life. Retaining them should not be optional, or at the whim of hard drives and cloud storage that can and will go wrong at the most inopportune times. Nothing survives and activates memories like a photographic print. Whether kept in a wallet, placed on a mantle, saved in an album or hung on the wall, a print is tangible, it’s real, you can hold it, look at it, and it is a trigger to a time and place. Let’s […]

As image creators we have the luxury of choice. Different makers, different lenses and at the core, different sensors. A question asked often by new photographers and those upgrading from an older camera, is what the differences are when selecting a camera denoted by the phrase “Full Frame”. Where the Name Comes From Those who made photographs using film cameras will recall many formats. The most popular by far was what we call the 35mm format. In still cameras, this produced a negative, or slide, with dimensions 36mm x 24mm. […]

Shooting RAW

At some point in our photographic journey we hear the Saga of RAW vs JPEG. It’s a popular refrain, so let’s look at the benefits of each, starting with RAW in this article. RAW means not processed. When we look at the LCD on our camera, or at the pictures on our smartphone, we are seeing processed images.