Photo Tuts

Use These Tricks To Improve Your Manual Focusing Skills.

I love vintage lenses because of their great price-performance ratio and their excellent optical and build qualities. Using them as much as I do, I often have to focus manually. Even though I typically use live view for safety’s sake, I often don’t have the time, so I do it the old-school way. The first challenge that […]


Peculiar Notions: 22 Eye-Catching Examples of Abstract Photography

I’m not sure how many of you (hopefully none of you) actually lose sleep thinking about abstract photography and trying to determine exactly what it is — and what it isn’t. But abstract photography is indeed something that lots of people have mulled over rather extensively since the earliest days of photography; it is something […]

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2 Huge Benefits of Photographing in RAW

In the days of film, negatives were converted to photographs by 1) using chemical baths for dipping in the dark room or 2) sending to a photo processing lab. Due to the cost, expense and time spent processing in the darkroom, many photographers chose sending their negatives off to the labs. As technology evolved to […]


When to Use Matrix & Spot Metering

Matrix (Nikon)/Evaluative (Canon) metering is the standard go-to choice of the metering options. Many photographers select Matrix metering and never use the other choices of Spot Metering and Center Weighted Metering. The primary reason that Matrix Metering is the default setting on most cameras is that it works effectively in the majority of situations. There […]


If Only My Life Were as Organized as my Camera Bag!

“Hon, have you seen my keys?” is a common, almost daily phrase spoken at our house. Sadly, I’m not referring to my husband. It’s me. As I write this, I’m not sure where my keys are. My camera battery and chargers? One is in the red daypack on the right side exterior pocket. The other […]

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Heavy Lifter

This will probably sound goofy. I tried using the carrots and cucumbers as leading lines and lightened up the onions and cauliflower to try to draw the eye to the guy. Does it work? 1/100, f5.0, 65mm, iso1250. Click for Flickr


Zion Np Nikon D40X, Tamron 18-200mm, 38mm, 1/40, iso 100


Last rays of Sun

I am fighting with this one. I do not want to burn the water at the left side. It’s not getting better when I do that either with an adjustment brush or a gradient. Fujifilm X-E1, f11 , 1/420s , 35,8 mm, ISO 400 Click for Flickr. Sun is setting behind the mountains over Lago […]