Photography

When Good Enough is Good Enough

Tetons slideshow with ProShow Gold

One of the great advantages of digital photography is that we're able to control every step of the process. From capture to output, if you've got editing software and a printer, you can manage each step the image goes through. There's a downside to that too. It takes time. That's why sometimes I sacrifice quality for speed.
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Yellowstone Photo Book

Wolf by the road.

I led a workshop in the Tetons in September, and was given a photo book by one of the participants at the close. It wasn't until a few weeks later that I had a chance to sit down and really go through it. When I did, I was treated to a nice collection of some beautiful pictures. What was surprising was how they were shot - all from the window of a car.
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AF Adjustments

One of the first things I look to when picking up a new camera is the menus. Body styles and button placements don't change all that much, so there are few "WOW" moments on the outside of new models. Inside though, in the settings and menus, is where the manufacturers can really do some exciting things.
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Pixels are Cheap

92 frames in Photo Mechanic.

I've always been one to shoot a lot of pictures. Maybe I'm insecure, or just love hearing that click. Lately I've been shooting more than ever, and that's changing my workflow.
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Grab Your Polarizer - it’s Fall!

If you live in a place where the seasons change, then odds are the trees are giving you a colorful show right now. If that's the case, be sure and take your polarizer when you head out to shoot pictures.
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Learning to Accept Failure

Wolf?

Over the course of the last few weeks I've taught a couple of workshops, and found myself reminding my students of the limitations of photography. And the bottom line is that one thing we have to learn as photographers is how to live with failure :)
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Painting with the Master

Barn lit from far left, trees lit from behind barn.

Back in 2001 I had my first opportunity to teach a workshop with Dave Black, and watched him give a light painting demonstration. Since then I've had the pleasure of watching him grow the size, complexity and beauty of his light painting. Last week we both were in the Tetons teaching a Mentor Series workshop (http://www.mentorseries.com), and this time I had the chance to not only watch him work, but also do a little of my own large-scale light painting. What a blast!
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Praise for the Lowly Netbook

Toshiba at the summit, 19.340 feet.

Netbooks (low-powered, lightweight laptops) have become very popular over the last couple of years. Great for email and surfing the net, but not the right computer for a photographer. At least that's what I thought before.
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To the Roof of Africa

This past week I had the opportunity to climb Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro with an amazing group of people. Three disabled U.S. Army veterans who’ve lost legs in combat. It was an experience I’ll never forget.
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Keeping it Simple

Sharon on top of Trailridge Drive.

Most of what I do in photography these days involves using the "latest and greatest," both in camera gear and technology. There are times, though, when it's nice to go light and easy.
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