How to make the most out of photographing this celestial event
Sony a7R III | Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G
15 sec. at f/4; ISO 1000
February 28, 2019
Photographing the aurora borealis is one of the most spectacular experiences that a landscape photographer can have. When the solar activity is strong and you have a clear, dark night sky, it requires little effort to see the dancing light. To make the most...
Remember exactly where you took a photo with your smartphone by applying geographic coordinates
Geotagging, or the act of applying detailed geographic coordinates to my photos, is exceptionally important to me. I do a lot of traveling and am often photographing in remote areas. So, being able to remember exactly where I took a particular photo using my smartphone has saved my bacon a number of times.
Additionally, it just makes things so much...
Some of Lightroom’s most powerful, and hidden, tools available on the desktop are also available on iOS
If you’ve watched some of my recent videos or listened to me on the No Name Photo Show, you know my opinion on mobile photography. To sum it up, I’m a very big fan of it and believe that mobile photo workflows will keep getting better. In fact, all of the photos I’ve recently shared on Instagram were taken with my Sony Mirrorless cameras but edited...
Shooting with a super-telephoto lens in challenging conditions
Sony a7R III | Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS
1/100 sec. at f/11; ISO 100
February 07, 2019
Dolomites Region, Italy
Photographing the Dolomites region in the winter is both immensely challenging and rewarding. The natural inclination, especially during the spring and summer, is to use a wide-angle lens. However, in the winter, you’re generally...
Shooting with your phone's camera doesn’t absolve you from trying to find a great shot
The gale-force winds that swept through the area were some of the strongest I’ve ever experienced. I saw full-grown people being blown around like twigs.
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to return to Norway’s Lofoten Islands in late February. If my previous experiences were any sort of baseline, I knew to expect extreme cold, lots of snow...
I got my hands on a LUMIX S1R pre-production camera for a limited time, but long enough to show you every button and menu option — and shoot a very short film with it
There’s a ton of excitement around the soon to be released LUMIX S1 and S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras from Panasonic. As a LUMIX Ambassador, I was able to get my hands on an S1R and 50mm f/1.4 lens long enough to show you every button and menu option the camera has to offer!
I’ve also shot a short film and even did a LUMIX G vs. LUMIX...
I often find myself gravitating towards such minimalist compositions when looking for balance
Sony a7 III | Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM
30 sec. at f/9.0; ISO 100
February 13, 2019
What initially drew me to this scene was the sweeping line created by the stone platform in the foreground and how it draws the eye through the frame. However, it was the combination of the lone fisherman and the amount of negative space created by the...
Always look for all the angles as you define your composition
A while ago, I created an Album in Adobe Lightroom CC called “Ready to Share.” The purpose of this album is pretty obvious, right? Any time I finish editing a photo and feel that it’s ready for social media, I add it to this album. It’s what I did when I used to use Lightroom Classic and I follow the same process with Lightroom CC. This collection...
If you feel like you've reached a plateau when editing your photos with Lightroom, it may be time to switch to Photoshop
The theme of introspection is a very important one as I get older and continue gaining experience about what I find aesthetically pleasing. For such a large part of my life as a photographer, I edited all of my photos in Adobe Lightroom. On rare occasions when I couldn’t accomplish what I envisioned creatively, I’d send the photo to a 3rd party...
The makers of Halide release an iPhone app for long exposures generated by AI
“There’s a ghost,” the waitress told me. That’s fitting because I was taking ghostly-like long exposures at a favorite Seattle haunt, the Alibi Room. The dive is under Pike Place Market, a crooked stairway down from where the guys throw fish and with an entrance across from the gum wall. I didn’t meet Frank, the actual...
The next time you plan on upgrading your camera, consider keeping your older one and converting it to infrared
Sony a7 (IR Conversion) | Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
1/50 sec. at f/4; ISO 100
October 22, 2016
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
If you’re like me, you often sell your existing camera to help fund a new upgrade. However, the next time you plan on upgrading, think about keeping your older camera if you can and consider converting it to infrared. Rather...
One of the most helpful and impactful investments I’ve ever made to help myself grow as a photographer was to have my portfolio critiqued professionally
One of the most helpful and impactful investments I’ve ever made to help myself grow as a photographer was to have my portfolio critiqued professionally. In fact, I’ve done so multiple times and it was through these critiques that I got the sort of candid feedback that truly helped me break through to new heights as a photographer. A productive...