A how-to for Astrophotography provided by Canon

A how-to for Astrophotography provided by Canon

Canon has posted a tutorial about astrophotography on their site.  Canon has an EOS 60Da designed especially for astrophotography that is more sensitive to IR and color balanced for accurate images with increased sharpness. On that same page, you will find a link to a pdf that will guide you for the settings on your […]

Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch

Among the many great natural treasures located in the state of Utah are thousands of natural arches – a visual treat to view in person as well as through the magic of photography.  As with all things, some are more amazing than others, and a few have become truly iconic … so unique and and […]

The Making of Moon Over Totem Pole

The Making of Moon Over Totem Pole

One of the skills I’m not great at is Photoshop. Over the years I’ve mastered a passable skill level, perhaps better than many but certainly far from being a “guru”.  Since Lightroom 2 came out, my use of Photoshop has declined considerably.  With all the tools of Lightroom, especially local adjustments, many of the things […]

Lens Diffraction

Lens Diffraction A simple version Overview In physics diffraction is described as the apparent bending of waves around small obstacles and the spreading out of waves past small openings. Diffraction occurs with all waves, including sound, water electromagnetic, radio, and light waves. In order to understand lens diffraction, we need to understand a little about […]

Digital vs. Film …

Digital vs. Film ...

Sometimes I see photographers claiming film is superior to digital capture when producing fine photographs. Unfortunately those making these claims are either ignorant of the science of both technologies, or do so in an effort to position their work as superior.  In fact great photographs can be created with either technology, and neither are “superior”. […]

Shooting the Bike – Intro to Product Photography

Shooting the Bike - Intro to Product Photography

Its amazing what you can do with some simple household items in the photography world. Product photography is a great avenue to explore the usefulness of these items. With product photography, you subject matter can be set up in a controlled environment; the ideal place to try out new lighting techniques and gear.

On-Axis Fill Flash

On-Axis Fill Flash

This week we’ll be taking a look at a little lighting technique for opening up harsh shadows in portraiture. Directional light (like off camera flash) is almost always more visually interesting but can often create a problem of very dark areas on your subject’s face. This may be desirable in some situations but usually you will want to bring some detail back into those areas.

Introduction to Actions (Part 2)

Welcome to part two of our introductory look into Photoshop actions. Last time we covered the basics of what an action is, how to run one, and how to make one. Today we’ll start with a look at a few more features within the Actions Palette in Photoshop.

Introduction to Actions (Part One)

Ever wish you could record a set of Photoshop commands and repeat them at a later time? Welcome to the world of Photoshop actions. So what is an action?

An action is a recorded set of image editing commands that can be performed at a later time without having to re-enter each change manually. Actions can provide a handy way for editors to speed up commonly used tasks and are compatible with the Batch function in Photoshop (allowing you to automatically apply commands to hundreds of images with only a few keystrokes).

Speedlights in the Desert

Joe McNally and David Hobby shooting in the Dubai desert.

Tutorial: Creating the shot.

Brief article talking about what went into the creation of a studio lighting photo using small hot-shoe flashes.

Tutorial: Shooting Smoke

Tutorial on how to shoot incense smoke. Gear and technique are discussed.