Tips & Tutorials

CAMERA SETTINGS FOR CANON 5D MKIV

Aperture control = Quick Control Dial (full-wheel button). “More light is to the right”. Shutter-Speed control = Mail Dial (top of camera half-wheel). “More light is to the right”. ISO control = ISO button + Mail Dial (top of camera half-wheel). “More light is to the right”. Shoot Menu 1 Image Quality: RAW – I…

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MY EQUIPMENT

Although this post is mostly for equipment insurance purposes, it also addresses the occasional questions about what gear we use. CAMERAS Canon (#1: 262057001274) 5D MK IV, $2,800 Canon (#2: 192056001333) 5D MK IV, $2,800 LENSES Canon (75606) TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens (no filter or hood available), $2,149 Canon (73893) TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II…

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2017 Social Media Image Sizes Cheat Sheet

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 posting…

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CAMERA SETTINGS FOR SONY A7RII (V3.30)

Camera Settings For Sony a7RII - Front View

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

– 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

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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FUNDAMENTALS OF MANUAL EXPOSURE

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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MY FUJIFILM X-T1 CAMERA SETTINGS (V4.0)

Recently one of my readers emailed me asking what my camera settings were and why. That sounded like a good article to write, so here are my Fujifilm X-T1’s camera settings. Where I thought it needed more explanation, well I added that too. I will write some follow up articles before the end of the year explaining…

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3 CAMERA ISSUES TO CONSIDER

Cameras today are needlessly complicated. It seems like it is a war between brands to produce the next big model that adds just a few more bells and whistles than the last model, or the competition’s new model for that matter. Sometimes it’s easier to understand a camera’s glaring issues or omissions to help make the…

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HOME OR OFFICE PHOTO WALL MONTAGE

GOOD MORNING Today we are going to look into creating abstracts with an iPhone, but the technique discussed applies to all automatic style point-and-shoot cameras. Now my photo is no work of art as it was just quickly snapped with my iPhone, but I wanted to share the idea without getting kicked out (grin). It…

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