Friday, August 31, 2007

08/31/07: Quotes of the day...

Two great quotes from legendary photographer (and considered by many as the father of modern photojournalism) Henri Cartier-Bresson...

Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.

We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.

-- Henri Cartier-Bresson


Thursday, August 30, 2007

08/30/07: Building Bridges...

Check out this video about orthodontist-turned-photographer Phil Borges who uses photography to build bridges between American children and childen of other / developing nations. Check it out. You can learn more about Borges' "Bridges to Understanding" Foundation by clicking here ( Photographers can volunteer to become mentors in the program -- giving them the opportunity to promote cross-cultural awareness in a classroom setting or in nations such as India, Nepal, Guatemala, Kenya, Peru, and South Africa.

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08/29/07: Photograher FAQ's

Talented wedding photographer Jessica Claire offers some insight into how she creates amazing images -- check out Jessica's "Photographer FAQ's" page by clicking here.

Keep up the great work Jessica!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

08/28/07: THIRTY frames per second -- the "sound of power!"

USA Today staff sports photography extraordinaire Robert Hanshahiro is featured on this video -- demonstrating the 3 camera, remote-trigged set-up that USA Today used to capture Barry Bonds' 756th home run. The video takes a little while to load (it's 26 MB, don't try this from a dial-up connection!) but it's worth the wait. Enjoy!

In case you have trouble with the link, here is the URL: (copy + paste into your browser's address bar)

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08/27/07: New DSLR models from Nikon

I'll admit it...I've been a Canon shooter for twenty-four years -- but that doesn't mean I've never been tempted by some of the nice products that Nikon puts out. Just this month they have announced two new DSLR models -- the D3 and the D300. You can read more about these hot new cameras on the Nikon news releases:



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Sunday, August 26, 2007

08/26/07: Interviews with nature photographer John Sexton

If nature photography appeals to you, be sure to check out nature photographer John Sexton's web-page:

You can download / listen to interviews with John by clicking here.


Friday, August 24, 2007

08/25/07: Reconditioned products from Lacie

If you're bargain conscious like I probably check out clearance / reconditioned computer hardware like I do! I've had good success buying reconditioned computer equipment over the years...something about having the "new bugs" worked out of the gear appeals to me! (Yeah, I buy late model used cars too! But I buy all my cameras new...why is that??? LOL)

Check out reconditioned disk drivers, burners and displays from Lacie on at their clearance store...


08/24/07: Quote of the day

I think this goes well with the recent announcement from Canon about the EOS 1Ds upgrade...

"After 40 years of ingesting every aspect of photographic science and composition, I still find the camera to be an endlessly intriguing partner that challenges my imagination and knowledge. All that with only 3 variables of shutter speed, aperture and focal length."
-Ralph Auletta


Thursday, August 23, 2007

08/23/07: This made me laugh...


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

08/22/07: New 21 mega-pixel camera from Canon!

This just in -- Canon has announced an upgrade to the EOS 1Ds. More information can be found on the Canon web-site. Woo-hoo! Way to go Canon. :)

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

08/21/07: Book recommendation for August...

Recently my sister read "Change the Way You See Everything" -- I was at her house last week and picked it up to thumb through a few pages. It looks awesome! It's a short read -- under an hour -- when you just peruse the pages (as they recommend doing first before doing the exercises).

I'm ordering my own copy this week! It's available on for under $20.


08/20/07: Affordable, compact monopod...

Canon makes a very affordable, compact monopod -- just $29.95 at B&H Photo. For more information, go to:

I am a big fan of using a monopod -- not only for extra-steadiness, but also to get shots from angles I might not easily be able to get to. Don't have a ladder handy for a group shot and you need a high angle? A monopod can help you gain another 4 feet or so! :)

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

08/19/07: Great American Photography Workshops

If you are a nature photographer, you might want to check out Great American Photography Workshops. GAPW has been in business for 15 years -- and they have a wide variety of classes from single day events to multi-day tours.

Here is the web-site:

On the site you'll find information about upcoming events as well as articles written by GAPW instructors.

(BTW -- I really wish I could go to the Glacier National Park workshop in September -- Scott Kelby of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals will be there!)

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

08/18/07: Photo practice...

Here is a random thought I had recently. Wouldn't it be cool to get a bunch of photo masters together in a room and challenge them to very quickly demonstrate how they would handle a tricky shot / tricky lighting situation. Imagine something like a curtain would rise and each of 10 photo masters has 60 seconds (or other arbitrary but brief amount of time) to get a great command of the situation and capture an image. Wouldn't it be neat to see all of the different ways each master would respond?

I tend to seek out challenging photographic situations. If you are having trouble with different situations (tricky light, composition, etc.)...go seek out those opportunities to force yourself to deal with the challenges. Don't avoid what you fear...attack it! :)

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Friday, August 17, 2007

08/17/07: Quote of the day...

Love the simplicity of this one... :)

"A camera gives you a reason to stare."
-John Running


Thursday, August 16, 2007

08/16/07: Rick Sammon's Top 10 Digital Photography Tips...

Yet another awesome (and free) video tutorial -- check out Rick Sammon's Top 10 Digital Photography Tips on YouTube:


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

08/14/07: Good resource for flash fill information...

If you want to learn more about using a flash for fill light outdoors, or to create various effects with dialing your flash power up or down, check out this handy little cheat sheet from our friends at Popular Photography & Imaging:


Monday, August 13, 2007

08/13/07: Beware Fake Memory Cards!

Recently I came across a review on eBay about spotting fake memory cards (compact flash, SD, etc.).

Click here to read a guide for spotting fake cards.

Best bet is to only buy from trusted sellers -- if you come across something that sounds too good to be true, it probably is fake!

Here is an even better write-up.


Friday, August 10, 2007

08/10/07: Quote of the day...

"A good photograph will make an uncommonly good image of common subjects."


Friday, August 03, 2007

08/03/07: Quote of the day...

Today's quote -- a nod to my love of the game of hockey, which I miss dearly during the summer -- is something that has helped me with my photography.

"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be."
-- Wayne Gretzky
All you have to do is change the words "hockey player" to "photographer," "plays" to "shoots," and "puck" to "picture."
To wit...
"A good photographer shoots where the picture is. A great photographer shoots where the picture is going to be."
I's a stretch...but think in terms of a nice vista in poor light (mid-day sun, too high or too low contrast, etc.). Many photographers might skip right past the scene without seeing it's potential. If you are familiar with positions of the sun and the time it rises and falls, you'll see that same vista with great light. So, be like Wayne Gretzky -- only with your camera and lenses instead of stick and puck -- and you'll find many more great scoring, er, shooting opportunities!


Thursday, August 02, 2007

08/02/07: Join -- it's FREE!

I just learned about an awesome online community of great photographers helping each other out. is for professional photographers or advanced amateur photographers who are exploring the opportunity to go pro. Our good friend David Jay who runs just signed on to be a regular contributor to Pro Photo Resource.

Basic or "silver" membership on is FREE. Premium or "gold" membership is just thirty-five bucks and you get all kinds of great discounts from Pro Photo Resource sponsors (including a FREE account on -- normally $99!).

When you sign up for ProPhotoResource, be sure you tell them you heard about them on! :)


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

08/01/07: What are your photo goals this month?

Happy August! Where has the summer gone? My son only has 3 weeks left before school starts.

With each new month I try to set some personal goals -- and some photography goals too! This month I want to concentrate on finding a better sensor cleaning solution for my Canon 5D -- the larger sensor seems to attract larger DUST! I'd also like to schedule some time for myself to shoot some nature / landscape photos. I used to do that almost every Saturday (well, before we had kids, anyway!) -- now I'm lucky if I can get 2 hours a month set aside for just having some fun shooting. So...hold me accountable and I'll post up some of my August "fun stuff!"

And feel free to enter your photography goals in the comments section of this post...we'll revisit the goals a month from now.

Keep it real!

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