Gear

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. […]

It’s easy to become attached to the quality lens that came with your digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, and if you are like most photography buffs you have put it to good use. Most of these kit lenses provide a good focal range along with some versatility, but is it wise to depend on only one lens? As you strive to develop and hone your camera skills, reliance on a single lens might slow down the learning process. 

Capilano Suspension Bridge

British Columbia has incredible options for nature photography and video. Whether you head out on the water for whale watching, go hiking in the Haida Gwaii or drive the Sea and Sky Highway north through the Garibaldi Highlands, there is so much to see and do. Even if your time on the west coast is limited, there are great opportunities in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

Lens Compression and Perspective Exaggeration

Lens compression looks like the distance between near and distant subjects in the frame is reduced. You will read many photographers say they like the “compression” delivered by a telephoto lens for portraits or the lack of “compression” in a wide-angle lens for landscapes. The words make sense because of what we see, but we are not seeing any compression, instead we are seeing perspective exaggeration.