Quick Tips

When on set for a shoot, there’s a little secret weapon I always like to have on hand with me – a light meter. You may be asking, ‘Why on earth would I want to use a light meter when my camera already has a light meter?’ Well, the difference here is that a camera measures reflective light while the light meter measures the light hitting your subject. Using a dedicated light meter allows you to take a reading off your subject, and with that allows for a more accurate […]

Manufacturers make a big deal about having video support in their newer DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras, but the uptake remains pretty low. Many folks use action cameras and smartphones for video regularly because they are incredibly easy to use. Let’s take a look at how to get started shooting video with your camera instead; you’ll be happier with the quality and surprised at how easy it is.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Snow may be cold, but it’s hard to find another weather element that can create so many amazing photographic backgrounds. From mountain top ski slopes to children building snow forts in the back yard, winter offers some of the most dramatic opportunities to capture family, vacation, and scenic images. Knowing a few simple tips can help you make the best of those winter photo shoots, and fill your albums with beautiful images that will entertain your friends and family for years to come.