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2017 Social Media Image Sizes Cheat Sheet

By David Aronson | 2017-09-17

  All the info for your social media image sizes in one place As time goes by, all the social media platforms change the requirements for the size of images that is ideal for posting on your profile. There are header images, profile pics, timeline photos, and more! It can get quite confusing especially when…

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REALLY INEXPENSIVE LENSES FROM EBAY

By Mike Aronson | 2017-03-02

  INTRODUCTION While looking at YouTube videos about photography I came across a video that was touting the purchase of good quality film camera lenses on eBay. The lenses would be used on digital cameras and were claimed, in many cases, to have the workmanship and quality of modern lenses costing 30 to 50 times…

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MY EQUIPMENT

By David Aronson | 2017-02-12

Although talented photographers can sometimes create compelling images with simple photographic equipment, I am committed to the practice of always using the best cameras and lighting equipment available. For that reason, I always use the most current professional-grade camera bodies, lenses, and flashes. In addition to my primary tools, I also own a wide array of backup equipment to…

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CAMERA SETTINGS FOR SONY A7RII (V3.30)

By David Aronson | 2017-01-23

INTRODUCTION The Sony a7RII is a feature packed high-end interchangeable lens camera that has a powerful 42MP sensor, 4K video recording and a pretty long list of camera settings. In fact, the camera has so many options and optimizations that it can be both confusing and complicated when you first sit down to learn this…

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WATER PHOTOS – TO BLUR…OR NOT TO BLUR

By David Aronson | 2016-11-03

– Water Shot 1 / Just a Bit of Motion: To create just a bit of movement to give the water that smooth, silky look that shows the movement and path of the water. My starting point for this type of shot is usually about a half second. If that doesn’t look quite right, I’ll make…

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TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS WITH BOKEH

By Mike Aronson | 2016-02-23

INTRODUCTION This blog article describes how to take photographs that have a subject that is in focus highlighted and surrounded by a background that is completely or partially out of focus. The out-of-focus background is called Bokeh (pronounced “Bow-Kay”). It is a Japanese word meaning blur. The in-focus subject of the photo can be in…

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CHINA – BACK FROM THE FUTURE

By David Aronson | 2016-01-20

WHERE WE AT? Well I was in Beijing, China. Now I’m back home in Florida. So I am literally back from the future! Ha. No seriously it’s kind of weird because when it is 8am on Sunday morning in China, it’s 9pm on Saturday…the previous day…back in Florida (Florida is GMT – 5 hours and Beijing…

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FUNDAMENTALS OF MANUAL EXPOSURE

By David Aronson | 2016-01-06

INTRODUCTION – “OUR BRAINS ARE LIKE ICEBERGS” Before we talk about manual exposure, let me make a brief analogy about our brains and memory…before I forget (grin). I view our brains like they are lone “icebergs” in a vast sea of knowledge. As we get older…well…our “icebergs” melt and gets smaller and subsequently not able…

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MACRO FOCUS STACKING

By Mike Aronson | 2015-08-19

“Here’s a new guest blogger for this website: Mike Aronson (my Dad). He has a technical background in engineering and he shares our passion for photography. In today’s post, Mike will share his ‘lessons learned’ with macro focus stacking. This is a specialized technique for those that want super-sharp (front-to-back) close-up images.” BACKGROUND Focus stacking is a…

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PHOTO BOOKMARKS & SHADOWS

By David Aronson | 2015-05-14

WHERE WE AT? Quick Answer…I’m in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. HOW DID I DO THAT?! Ok here’s a concept shot. I had an idea, then I had to figure out how to execute it. I used no Photoshop trickery or “smoke and mirror” to create the image. Basically you need the following: 1. A diamond ring…

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NORTH ATLANTIC ICE FLOWS

By David Aronson | 2015-04-20

WHERE WE AT? Looking out the passenger window of the airplane, I noticed these clouds. Awesome compressed weather pattern…like a low pressure system or hurricane. Wait! Those aren’t clouds, they are icebergs! We are about 200 miles south of Greenland at 45,000 feet. That’s a little more than 7 miles in the sky. For reference, those…

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THE SPIRIT OF NYC

By David Aronson | 2015-03-17

WHERE WE AT? As a kid, my grandfather took me for a tour of the World Trade Center (WTC)  and it left quite the impression on me. So like everyone else, I have been very interested to see the NEW World Trade Center up close and personal. Almost 40 years later, the new WTC still…

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INTO THE SUNSET

By David Aronson | 2015-02-17

WHERE WE AT? I am in Sint Maarten sitting at a beach bar next to the airport watching the drama unfold before me. Some people around me have sand caked in their hair, and others are just watching the live version of, “America’s Funniest Videos”. There are participants and observers…happily I’m in the later group.…

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FORT SAN FELIPE DEL MORRO

By David Aronson | 2015-01-02

WHERE WE AT? This is Castillo San Felipe del Morro also known as Fort San Felipe del Morro or Morro Castle. It is a 16th-century citadel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Anyhow, a little known fact is that Christopher Columbus claimed the island for Spain in 1493 and called the whole island San Juan, in…

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ISLAND REFLECTIONS

By David Aronson | 2014-12-27

WHERE WE AT? Here’s how I ended my year: Little Bay, Sint Maarten by the Dutch of the southern end of the island. The French in the North refer to the island as Saint Martin. Yeah I know, “I say ‘toe-may-toe’ and you say ‘toe-mah-toe’!” Anyhow, here is the map… This is a picture off…

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ACCORDION ACOUSTICS

By David Aronson | 2014-12-03

WHERE WE AT? I found some time for myself in Nice, France. I’m at the end of the day and getting tired as I was up all night working, but this scene was so interesting to me. The accordion music sounded amazing in this acoustic hall. If I closed my eyes, the sound reverberated everywhere…

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