Proper Care for Photo Gear

We’re accustomed to regular maintenance of our automobiles and homes. Our cameras benefit from the same idea. Here are some tips on how you can keep your camera in top-notch shape. Surface Cleaning This is easy. Get a clean dry microfibre cloth. Dampen it with tap water but do not soak it. You want it damp, not wet. Now gently wipe down all the external surfaces of the camera. No need to rub hard, water is a universal solvent over time so be gentle. You don’t want water accumulating on […]

Remember the day that you got your camera? Remember how excited you were? Maybe you were one of those folks who promised to read the manual front to back several times to ensure that you got the most from your new tool. Maybe you needed to get some shots right away and chose to put off learning what the camera delivers. No problem. We’re going to look at 10 common features that our cameras provide that we may not be using. Shooting Modes Very often we do what we’ve always […]

First Photo Studio: Part 1

For many photographers, the thought of going pro is very tempting. Perhaps you’ve gone through a change in career or family life, you love photography, or all your friends and family tell you that you’re great and that you should make a business of photography.

Read the article for steps on getting the gear that you’re going to need to get started.

As any holiday approaches, the demand for family and children’s portraits for gifts and memories goes sky high.  Often times, you are the person with a “good camera”, and you are called upon to be the photographer making these images.  Let’s explore what you need to make nice looking portraits, without spending yourself into a hole. Background When you look at professional portraits, one thing is going to stick out if you take the time to see.  You’ll see that the background is simple, sometimes completely plain, and if it […]

Are you still looking for the right gift for your valentine? Fancy splurging on your loved one with something like these $1000 gift ideas? Or perhaps you want to get them something a bit different, something a bit more personal. Think about memory. Think lasting. Flowers are lovely but last for a week. Chocolates are delicious but they don’t last long, either. Now things like clothing though, that’ll last for a little while longer, if you know that your loved one loves labels, but are worried about spending too much […]

At some point all of us need to do some product work. This could be for a client, or just for yourself of something that you make, or want to sell. Your smartphone image may be ok, but it’s not going to capture attention on eBay or Kijiji. You may also want to work on this as part of growing your own expertise level. It’s not exactly tough, but it is an exacting process. Simple Matters Amazon has set the stage for product shots and even tried to patent their […]

Lighting Your Vlogs

Vlogging is one of the most rapidly growing social media outreach mechanisms. Using your DSLR and mirrorless cameras to make a vlog produces a huge improvement in quality over a smartphone. We’ve written recently about choosing a microphone for your camera to deliver better quality audio, so this time let’s look at the challenge of lighting.

Flowers using High Speed Sync in Bright Sun

We are going to talk about a really powerful – but occasionally misunderstood – flash tool called HSS, or High Speed Sync.

This feature allows us to achieve a proper flash exposure at a shutter speed much higher than the default flash synchronization speed. It’s absolutely brilliant and on many camera / flash combinations that support High Speed Sync, it’s often just a switch setting.

What is Fill Flash?

For many photographers, flash is a “no go” zone. It’s unfortunate because flash can make a real difference in your images and isn’t complex.

From full auto to full manual, most cameras offer us a choice of mode operations. We’ll take a look at Program and Aperture Priority modes because they can automatically yield the magic of TTL Fill Flash.