Sunday, December 21, 2014

My First Book Cover!

Just last month, I hit a new milestone in my photography:  my photo is on the cover of a book!  The Unofficial Guide Color Companion to Walt Disney World is, as the title suggests, a full color guide to the happiest place on earth, published by Touring Plans.  A number of my photos taken around the parks and resorts appear on the cover and inside the book.  What's more, I'm in good company.  Some of my favorite Disney photographers, including Tom Bricker, Cory Disbrow, Matt Pasant, and Joe Penniston, all have photos in the book as well.  My interest in photography first grew out of admiring photos taken around Disney World by these artists and others on Flickr, so it was an honor to have my work featured alongside theirs.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Check Out My Guest Post at Digital Photography School!

The Ahwahnee at Night

I recently wrote a guest post over at Digital Photography School about how to use layer masks to conquer difficult exposure and white balance situations in Photoshop when HDR won't cut it.  Learn how I processed the above photo and many others with a step by step tutorial!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thanksgiving on Cape Cod

A couple weeks ago, I was on Cape Cod with my family for Thanksgiving, and I got a lot of photos I've been excited to share.

Battle of the Pies

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Through the Glass Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Is there a lens in one of those boxes?

Are you still looking for holiday gifts to get your photographer friends?  Or maybe you've been asked what you want this holiday season?  This list has items to suit many budgets and photography styles.

Monday, December 1, 2014

I'm Having a Cyber Monday Sale...and It Lasts All Week!

Oops!  Silly, me, Cyber Monday is almost over, and I haven't blogged about my sale yet!  Luckily, though, it lasts all week.  Save 30% on prints and products over at my portfolio website through December 5 by using code "samcybermonday" at checkout.

Here's just a small samples of photos you can purchase:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

8 Tips for Photographing Spectacular Sunrises

Good Morning, Idaho Falls!

I’ve been photographing sunsets for years. Sunsets are gorgeous because the light is more diffuse and pleasing, and a bonus point is that they generally occur at an hour when most people are still awake. It wasn’t until the past year that I got into photographing sunrises. I actually think sunrises are much better than sunsets for a couple of reasons. First off, there are far fewer people around, so you can enjoy the scenery much better. Another added benefit is the gorgeous fog you tend to see at sunrise. A huge drawback to photographing sunrises is that they occur so early in the morning. That being said, photographing sunrises shows your audience that you’re serious about your photography and willing to go the extra mile to get a nice shot. Here are some tips for making your sunrise photo session a success:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

6 Reasons I'm Not Switching to Mirrorless Yet (and Why I Will in the Future)


I'm a self-proclaimed gear-head.  I'm constantly evaluating whether I have the best equipment for my price range and for what I want to do with my photography.  Lately I've been reading more and more posts from photographers who have switched from DSLR to mirrorless cameras, either full frame Sony or a crop sensor option such as Micro Four Thirds or Fuji.  I myself use a Samsung mirrorless camera, but it's not my primary camera (it's more of a "throw in my purse" camera).

Every time I read these articles praising the virtues of mirrorless, I want to be convinced to make the switch.  The thought of lightening my gear load by several pounds and creating a more portable kit is very enticing.  The charm of looking "legit" with all my big heavy gear has long worn off for me.  If I were to switch, the only current offering that fits my needs is the Sony a7, a full frame mirrorless camera.  Unfortunately, though, I'm just not ready to make the switch yet.  Here are six reasons why this photographer is sticking with her DSLRs.  To be clear here, I'm comparing Canon DSLRs with Sony full frame mirrorless cameras, because that's the brand that comes closest to fitting my needs.

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