Learning

When I teach someone about how to use strobes for lighting a portrait, they always seem amazed as to how simple the technical hurdles are to getting started.  One’s initial impression of a potentially difficult, complex and highly technical world becomes a fairly simple affair.

It’s easy to understand how someone can be led to believe that using strobe lighting is difficult.  The various pieces of the puzzle can have an outward appearance of being technically complex and sophisticated.  Taken one piece at a time, you can learn the essentials of lighting very quickly, after which it becomes a matter of practice with the lights themselves to get portraits that you love. 

Blur shows the motion of the Merry Go Round

When you are going out to shoot, be it hockey, auto racing, polo or figure skating, what makes these events special is the magic of the motion. What you want is a nice sharp photo, that also shows that motion is happening, and so communicates the magic of the event to the viewer. In this article, Ross Chevalier will show you how to use motion blur to capture more exciting photos.

With the CNE coming up, there will be more photos than ever, shared over social media from the venue. The biggest problem we face with fair photos? Too many of them are often Snapchat selfies, or simply shot strictly with a smartphone. As convenient as smartphones may be, they still pale in comparison to cameras and continue to struggle with low-light performance and a lack of optical zoom. If you plan to attend any fairs that are approaching and wish to make the best of your visit and capture the […]

Although we’re halfway through the summer, the sunny days that we dream about most of the year is still here! Let’s celebrate by getting outside and memorializing them. And the activities don’t need to be planned, like day trips or graduations, even the most mundane activities like washing the car or clearing the yard can be the greatest backdrop for fun and memorable shots. Our phones and cameras are crammed with un-shareable photos of headless family members and bad lighting, so it’s time to pay some attention to quality not quantity and create shots that you will be proud to post now and look back on later.

Night Photography

Most people tend to put their cameras away after the sun goes down, but sometimes the most magical moments happen when you’re sitting on the dock at and the night is setting in. There’s no magic recipe for nighttime photography, but there are a few easy tips you can remember that will come in handy whenever you want to capture great images in low light.

Exposure Compensation: Snowbirds

What is exposure compensation and how do you use it? There are plenty of situations where using exposure compensation can improve your photos – at weddings, around a campfire, at air shows, taking shots of a nighttime skyline, etc. Exposure compensation exists on your camera so you can add brightness to images that come out too dark, or to remove brightness in images that are too bright to begin with. That’s it, plain and simple. Here are some tips on how and when to use exposure compensation.

Two Filters Every Serious Photographer Must Have

When we were shooting film, particularly black and white film, we carried pouches filled with filters because making the light adjustment had to be done at time of capture. With today’s amazing digital post processing, filters have to a large extent gone the way of the dinosaur and the dodo, fondly remembered but not widely used.