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 […]

“They grow up so fast.” It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent, have friends and family with kids, or even if you’re a kid yourself — we’ve all heard someone express amazement at how fast children grow. That’s why it’s important to capture as many precious moments with them as we can. And while our smartphones are a boon to making sure we don’t miss a thing, sometimes you want something that’s a little more special and memorable: a proper baby photo. Or two. Or ten! You don’t have to […]

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 […]

When thinking about your next camera or even what makes a great camera, there are a few characteristics you want to check on: Picture/video quality, durability, flexibility, accessories, plus some features and specs like autofocus, shutter speed and ISO range. 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 […]

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 […]

Become an MVP with these Sports Photography Tips Shooting sports can be a thrill. Sporting events offer up so many incredible opportunities to capture the human experience — from the proverbial agony of defeat and joy of victory — that they can be a storyteller or photographer’s dream. There’s nothing quite like capturing that perfect moment, whether it be a winning goal or just a knowing smile between teammates. While most of us can make do with a good DSLR or mirrorless camera, along with some basic photography skills, to […]

Trying to find the right camera isn’t always an easy search. Visit a webpage dedicated to just about any model from any manufacturer, and you may be overwhelmed with a huge list of numbers and terms that may not mean very much, even to the average photographer. One of the most important of these specifications, though, is sensor size, and understanding how sensor size works can help you make the right choice when you purchase your next (or first!) digital camera. In this blog post, we’ll briefly describe what sensor […]