Stop The Shakes

Switzerland is the perfect country for travel photography.

A surfer in Lake Thun moves at a high rate of speed through a static castle and bridge in the background. To freeze the surfer in action, I used a 1/1000 sec. shutter speed at ƒ/4.5 with my Nikon D3 set with an 800 ISO because of the fading late-afternoon light. Switzerland is the perfect country for travel photography. It has the most beautiful... Read more

Create A Time-Lapse Video

It’s easier than ever to do with the latest digital cameras and basic software

Using time-lapse photography, you can produce videos that are able to show the world in a way in which the human eye doesn’t ordinarily see. Plants can grow in mere seconds, a sun can rise above a city in moments, and you can see a complete day unfold in less than a minute. Because of one of the more extraordinary advancements in camera... Read more

Sequence It!

The lip is a little sticky this morning. I’m only going to do this jump once," crackles over the radio. "Are you ready?"

The lip is a little sticky this morning. I’m only going to do this jump once,” crackles over the radio. “Are you ready?” Dave asks. I answer, “Ready down here. But please be careful. Do whatever jump you want.” “I’m going for it!” Dave replies. “This is what I do every day!” Dave’s... Read more
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Tips For Better Video Sound

The very first thing to learn about working with audio is that it can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be.

The very first thing to learn about working with audio is that it can be as straightforward or as complex as you want it to be. The microphones built into HD DSLRs are a convenient audio source for photographers just getting started with video on their still cameras. These internal microphones are similar in many ways to a basic kit lens. They’re... Read more

Behind The Scene Modes

Understand what happens “under the hood” when using subject-specific automatic modes

Your camera’s Scene Modes automatically adjust important camera settings for typical subjects and situations. Most entry-level DSLRs and many midrange models have Scene Modes, as do the new mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras and most compact digital cameras. For those learning the art of photography, these modes can help you better understand... Read more

How to Use A Lensbaby

Defined by a combination of focal range, aperture and composition, the "sweet spot" of an image is the area in a photo that’s the most sharp and clear.

Defined by a combination of focal range, aperture and composition, the "sweet spot" of an image is the area in a photo that’s the most sharp and clear. This sweet spot is used to bring your viewer’s attention to the area of the image on which you’d most like them to focus. For general-purpose photography, sweet spots should... Read more

Stage A Photo Series

I have long had a fascination with what’s known as the "highwheel" bicycle, a novelty from a bygone era.

I have long had a fascination with what’s known as the "highwheel" bicycle, a novelty from a bygone era. My first encounter with one of these magnificent bicycles was at a young age in the town of Minocqua, Wisconsin, where a local sports shop had one displayed in its front window. Last summer, 20 years later, I photographed that bicycle... Read more

Use Your Head

One of my goals as an adventure- sports photographer is to convey the tension and adrenaline that goes hand in hand with participating in these sports.

One of my goals as an adventure- sports photographer is to convey the tension and adrenaline that goes hand in hand with participating in these sports. What does it really look like when you catch big air on a snowboard in a superpipe? How does it feel to ride a mountain bike across Moab slickrock at sunrise? What does a kayaker see as he crashes through... Read more

Make A Splash

When I teach photo workshops, one of the most common questions is, "How can I improve my images?"

When I teach photo workshops, one of the most common questions is, “How can I improve my images?” This is a big question, with a lot of answers. For some participants, the answer is working on a specific technique, such as using a tripod to capture tack-sharp images. For others, it’s choosing the right depth of field for accurate selective... Read more

Control Extreme Contrast

Cameras today do such a good job with exposure that we start expecting them to do great with every scene.

Cameras today do such a good job with exposure that we start expecting them to do great with every scene. But sooner or later, you’ll run into a scene that causes you and the camera problems. You don’t get an exposure that gives the results you need. That’s disappointing. EXPOSE FOR THE SHADOWS One of the challenges we all face... Read more