How to make your landscape photography look dull and un-inspiring

Gorgeous mountain scene–check.  Have my photography gear–check.  Found a good composition–check.  Dull and un-inspiring photo–unfortunately, check. We’ve all been there.  This is an unfortunate example from my portfolio of photos that *almost* turned out beautiful.  Examining this mistake will hopefully lead us to understand some of the most important characteristics of good landscape photography. Look at the photo featured on …

Give it a tilt! (Portrait photography composition)

I’ve noticed two things when I give my clients photos from a portrait shoot.  First, they don’t really care about the technical photography junk.  All they care about is whether or not they look good…and their definition of looking good is usually very different than my assessment of whether or not they look good. The second thing that clients always …

What is the highest aperture on a DSLR camera?

While many lenses have a maximum aperture of f/22, some lenses have apertures that go to f/40 or higher! Generally, photographers do not use any aperture above f/18 or f/22 because of diffraction.  Diffraction is a phenomenon which causes a loss in sharpness because light rays are bent around the aperture. The following is a story of when I broke …

Tips for shooting little league or high school sports

For many of you, this was the reason you bought your first DSLR.  Shooting sports is really fun, and even more so if it’s your own kid.  This last fall, I spent a fair bit of time shooting high school sports for the youth in a little Boy Scout group where I volunteer.  I figured out a few things last …

How to use spot metering for portraits

I recently read a blog post from a pretty competent photographer who said that there is no reason to use spot metering.  Spot metering is where the camera determines a proper exposure not on the average brightness levels of the whole frame, but just of one specific spot.  This photographer, like me, is principally a landscape photographer.  Admittedly, I have …

The Best Memory Card for the Nikon D7000

Memory cards are difficult to buy, but the choice of a memory card is easy if you own a Nikon D7000.  The only thing left to decide is what sizing of card you’d like to buy. Sandisk and Nikon worked together to produce an SD memory card that can work faster with the Nikon D7000 than any other SD memory …