Yosemite - Tunnel View - Panoramic (GP1)

Capturing Snow and Clouds (and Other White Things)

January 30, 2014 / by

White is a burden for your camera’s meter, which wants to present that as gray. The results are dingy looking snow and clouds. With a little know-how, we can compensate for that. In this article, we discuss the cause (your camera isn’t broken) and outline a few options that you have to efficiently correct for the white-to-gray shift in your photography.

What doors will be opened in the new year?

2014 New Year Primer

January 07, 2014 / by

Let’s get this year off to a good start. Let’s learn and improve our photography and lets think about inspiration and upgrades. We have some tips to help you do it right.

Sometimes, an off-putting setting is enough to create a creepy photograph. ("Impatient for the End" by D. Travis North)

Tips For Creating Creepy Photos

October 31, 2013 / by

Have you ever wanted to create some creepy photographs? In this article, we discuss and share tips on how you can create some truly creepy photographs.

"A Place to Rest My Weary Head" - my camera would probably have over-exposed this photo if I didn't take measures to compensate for its biased meter.

How To Use Exposure Compensation (And Why I Don’t Use It)

October 24, 2013 / by

Exposure Compensation is a feature that most cameras have these days. We’ll teach you how to use it properly. Then we’ll reveal an alternative method.

"The City Ben Built" by D. Travis North

Photographic Style: Should You Really Be Searching For It?

October 10, 2013 / by

In our quest for a personal photographic style, are we headed down a fruitless path? Perhaps our hunt is counterproductive as our style is ingrained in us already.

"A Journey Begins With One Step" by D. Travis North

Starving Artist Approach: Goal Oriented Learning

August 22, 2013 / by

Is it better to have everything? Or is the focus that comes as necessity to the starving artist the way to go? We talk about goals and self-learning and the real reason why a starving artist is so passionate about their art.

"Structured Nature" by D. Travis North

Black & White Is Not The Solution

August 15, 2013 / by

If you are one who thinks a black & white photo is automatically artistic, then you may have some bad habits. Black & white is too often used as a way to fix images. But that’s a bad path to follow. In this article, we discuss why and we’ll talk about good black & white habits.


Zoom Factors: Why Your Feet Cannot Be Replaced By A Zoom Lens

August 08, 2013 / by

Editors Note: This article was originally published on December 12, 2011. When it comes to the focal length of your lens, too often we think about how far or how close a lens will reach.  The relationship between focal length and the distance between our subject and the camera should not be thought of as corollary.  In truth, the focal length affects far more than how close you can “zoom in” on a subject.  The one detail that many photographers forget – the detail that affects the spatial aspects of our photos the most – is also perhaps the most forgotten:  Angle of view.  Angle of view affects what fits into the frame which, in turn, affects how we perceive space in a photograph.  It distorts perspectives and bends reality far more than you think.  As photographers, we must take that into perspective, and we need to adjust accordingly.  The only way to do that?  Use your feet. Compression Science If you are in the camp with those who believe that a photograph never lies, you should either change your view or give up the craft all together.  I believe that a photograph rarely tells a full truth, and angle […]

The Finished Image

White Balancing Your Photos To Get Real Colors

July 18, 2013 / by

White Balancing serves as a basis for the processing of you photographs. This very important aspect serves as the foundation for all of your processing needs. In this article, we discuss the background and we discuss how to find “White”.

My favorite shot from the trip, all thanks to a fellow photographer.

How Yosemite Changed My Approach To Photography

July 11, 2013 / by

I visited a famous park once, and it changed my approach to photography. In this article, we’ll discuss some things that I learned during my excursion to Yosemite National Park last fall. But it’s not about the park. I just had to go there to learn some valuable lessons.