Learning

boy taking a photograph in the outdoors

Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, many day camps and summer programs for kids have been canceled this year. That means a lot of parents are looking for ways to keep their kids entertained and engaged over the summer months. One solution: Teach your kids about photography! With just a little bit of planning, you can create a photography camp for your kids right at home. It’s not just something to do in what might be a long summer without a lot of activities; it’s a great way to spend […]

Macro - Flower

Most people associate close-up and macro photography with Spring and shooting outdoors, capturing subjects such as small insects, flowers, and other plants in the outdoors; however, macro photography can be done at any time of the year, including indoors, and there are a bunch of different subjects to capture!

girl watching a video on a laptop

One of the most compelling aspects of photography is the constant learning journey we undertake. From the very first moment that you pick up a camera, you begin to follow a learning path. The path is as long or as short as you want it to be, driven primarily by your goals and aspirations as a photographer. Over my many years as a photography educator, I’ve seen people struggle with how to best educate themselves on how to reach their photography related goals. Most experienced photographers will tell you that […]

Custom Shortcuts on Sony Alpha a7 III

We don’t often think about a camera’s on-board menu structure until after we’ve made our decision — or until we start shooting! But how a menu is laid out, how intuitive the screens are to navigate and how easy the settings are to understand can make a huge difference in how we go about shooting. Using Custom Buttons & Keys As part of your camera’s menu system, you should have access to settings for customizable buttons and keys. These programmable keys allow you to set your most frequently accessed functions […]

Dog laying on the floor

Our collective efforts to stay inside and practise social distancing certainly puts constraints on typical photo-friendly activities like connecting with friends, attending events, and travelling abroad. That said, these measures do provide aspiring photographers with a chance to slow down, reconnect with their past work, expand their skill set, and even focus on key techniques that will build a stronger foundation for their future efforts. To help you use your time inside productively, here are some activities you can try out to improve or revisit different aspects of your photography. […]

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 […]

On those special days when family members gather, it’s important to capture lovely photographic images to build memories. Snapshots are fun, but for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, family reunions, and other important occasions a portrait can be a framed keepsake everyone will want. You might think taking a portrait at home is difficult, but a few tips will help you achieve a beautiful outcome with the “wow” factor.

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 […]