How-to: Get Moving (aka ICM)

As in moving your camera. I recently held a photo walk that revolved around intentional camera movement, also known as ICM. As we practiced ICM, it occurred to me why it is sometimes difficult to get going with ICM. As photographers,…

All the Noise Noise Noise Noise…

Camera noise. It is the nature of high ISO but it's nothing you need to be afraid of. You may actually stifle your photography by avoiding its use. As an astrolandscape and infrared photographer, I can't avoid noise. Infrared is a noisy…

How to: Peaked Focus

One of my favorite features of my camera is focus peaking. It is a feature that some cameras have that helps you achieve sharp focus when using manual lenses or focusing on a scene that the camera is struggling with due to low lighting…
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Gadgetmania (Part 2)

Photography is one of those crafts that can span the extremes when it comes to accessories. Technically all you need is a camera to create a photograph. Yes, there is the vision of the photographer that is the driving force, but we are talking…
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Gadgetmania (Part 1)

Some women love shoes. I love gadgets. Especially photography gadgets. I'm not talking cameras - though they are in a category of mania all their own. I'm talking about all the other periphery. Sure, a camera and tripod are the basis for…
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Long exposure photography – Hustle It Up

Night photography and ND filters require long exposures. Long exposure images are beautifully silky and visually rich. Clouds become soft and reveal the movement. Swaying trees become dreamy, and water becomes exquisitely glossy. However, they…
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Comfort. Friend or Foe?

I think comfort has a dual purpose. It serves to increase confidence in our abilities to accomplish something. It allows us to sharpen what we know how to do very well. It can also make us complacent. A double edge sword. It's human…
Veiled Full Moon

How-to: Moon Photography – Like a Big Pizza Pie

There is something magical about photographing the Moon. It's a perfect subject for a photographer. It's always there. It's always changing. For me, it never gets boring. I stalk the Moon every chance I get. The first time I photographed…
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Tripping (over) the Clouds Fantastic

Sometimes you are given lemons. Luckily I love lemonade and tend to make a lot of it. This was a night comprised of a large basket of lemons. It was supposed to be a clear night and a full moon, so I set off to shoot a time-lapse at…

Filter Fumble

Photographic filters are fantastic. They alter the light and allow for great photographic creativity. They are also a pain in the posterior. For a long time, I would do my best to avoid using them. Multi-stop ND filters in particular…