Monthly Archives: August 2016

5 Common Photography Myths Completely Debunked!

This is spot on. For me, telling a story is what photography is all about. You don’t always have to shoot on manual or at ISO 100 or use f/1.8, or even compose the perfect image.

We’ve rounded up the most common photography myths for you in this post to ensure you know where you stand when people splurt out random knowledge!

Source: 5 Common Photography Myths Completely Debunked!

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The other side of sunrise or sunset

Often, photographers seek out the best location for sunrise or sunset hoping to capture the ethereal orb from a different perspective than has ever been documented. For most of us, the resulting image is similar to most other pictures of sunrises or sunsets. In Colorado and Wyoming, sunsets don’t always yield the beautiful golden glow that flatlanders experience because the sun disappears behind the mountain range long before the stunning colors of the golden hour can be experienced.

160811-SAP-021Sunrises, on the other hand often yield the harshness of the sun as it peaks over the horizon and, once again, the beautiful golden hour is seen ten to fifteen minutes prior to sunrise and when there are enough cl0uds to reflect all the great colors.

160818-SAP-017To combat these issues, I started facing the away from the sunrise and sunset and capture the pastel pink and blue hues that make the golden hour the best time to capture the light.

The next time you are out, try facing away from the impending sunrise or sunset and capture the glorious colors of the golden hour.


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A reflection in time

“Fifi”, one of the only two currently flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress stopped in Cheyenne on Monday and I had the privilege of capturing this shot of Ken in front of the plane. Ken is wearing the aviator jacket his grandfather wore as a pilot in WWII. The sun was a little to bright and contrasty and I was not able to catch the design on the back.

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Canon 5D Mark IV Officially Announced – DigitalRev

Canon unveils the update to the 5D series. Is the 30mp sensor and dual pixel technology what you expected?

One of the most anticipated cameras of the year (not to mention most leaked camera ever) is finally here: the Canon 5D Mark IV.

Source: Canon 5D Mark IV Officially Announced – DigitalRev

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How to find a person’s “good side” and why you probably got yours wrong – DIY Photography

Do you seek out the more flattering side of your subject when taking a portrait?

The idea that a person’s face has a “good side” is not an unfamiliar concept. Many of us consistently favour one side of our face when we see a camera pointed at us. We are presenting what we believe is our “good side”. But, have we got even our own face wrong? In this video, […]

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A matter of perspective

On Sunday, I trekked through State Forest State Park in Colorado in search of photographic inspiration. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of some moose or big horned sheep. After hiking for less than an hour, I determined that I chose the weekend of the FJÄLLRÄVEN Classic USA to embark on my journey. Needless to say, I encountered plenty of hikers and campers and spotted only a small group of big horned sheep in my hike.

Determined to seek out some inspiration, I captured a few bumblebee shots on my way to Kelly Lake. The latter three miles of the hike were noticeably harder than the first and required hiking three hours in one direction.

Here are two of the best shots I captured on the hike to and from the lake:

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When I arrived at the lake, I was a bit underwhelmed but took a few shots to document my efforts. Take note of the three different perspectives I used to capture the scene. The first involves including some of the foliage with the lake. The second was shot at a higher angle for a more down looking feeling. The third image was captured using the camera’s live view and tilting screen to get within millimeters of the water.

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Although none would be considered spectacular, I realized that the venue would be a perfect place to get a shot of the Milky Way.

All in all, I enjoyed some fresh air and exercise.

Enjoy the pics.


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Escape light pollution

Capturing an image of the heavens is a daunting task with the ever growing increase in population and the resulting need for light and electricity. This video by photographer Siram Murali shows the differences in light pollution based upon location. In Colorado and Wyoming it is easy to get away from the light in less than two hours. In bigger cities, it might require a weekend trip. To find the darkest areas to shoot in your location consult the dark site finder website.

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Improve your moon shots


It may seem painfully obvious but the trick to moon photography is three-fold:

  1. Capture your image 30 minutes prior to the moon setting or 30 minutes after it rises. During this half-hours, the moon appears to be larger due to sciencey stuff. Ask you smart friends and they will tell you why it looks larger.
  2. Compose your shot using a compelling foreground. This will give your image a reference point and introduce an interesting subject and set it apart from other photographer’s moon shots. Be creative by including objects which may not usually be paired with astronomy. Perhaps a hamburger.
  3. Stand back and use a large zoom. The Tamron 150-600mm (used for the photo above) is a great lens to use for moon, sunset and sunrise pics. It will set you back about a grand but it is well worth it. I say stand back because you will want to size your secondary object appropriate to the size you want the moon to be in your picture. Obviously, moving back will not change the size of the moon but it will change the perspective of what you are trying to shoot. In this picture, I kept moving back and forth until the one wind turbine was about the size of the moon. This image was captured at the long end of the zoom so I only had f/6.3 in which to work. Be prepared to get a little grain as you will most likely need to shoot at 400-1000 during dusk when the moon is rising or setting. If you want to know the moon rise and moon set times, consult the time and date website.
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Free Collection of Custom Lightroom Presets from a Fuji Ambassador

Free Lightroom presets for Fuji shooters.

Fujifilm ambassador (and author of this rather controversial article) Samuel Zeller is lending a helping hand to all the Fuji users out there. In a bid to

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I continually wonder if FX lenses on my Nikon D500 are sharper than the comparable DX lenses produced by third party manufacturers like Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina. In this video I compare two Sigma ART lenses.

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