Saturday, April 18, 2015

Walt Disney World 2015: Disney's Hollywood Studios

I recently returned from a trip to Walt Disney World, so in this post and forthcoming ones, I'll be showcasing some of my favorite photos from the parks and resorts.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Using Creative Commons: Pros and Cons for Photographers and Image Users

Creative Commons (CC) is an organization founded in 2001 which creates licenses for content creators to apply to their work.  These licenses, which vary in the amount of rights they grant users, allow content consumers to redistribute the creative work free of charge without having to seek permission, as long as they give appropriate credit to the creator.  As popular as CC has come to be in recent years, it is still largely misunderstood by both licensors and licensees alike.  In this post, I'll highlight some of the pros and cons of using CC both as a photographer and as a business or website owner (since I have experience at both ends).  I won't explain CC itself in too much depth, so if you're new to the concept, read a little more about the different licenses here.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My Top 10 Panoramas

It's not often that I shoot a panorama.  I prefer to use a wider lens, which is easier and doesn't pose a risk for weird distortion when stitched together in Photoshop.  Occasionally, though, I won't have a wide lens with me, or I'll want to capture a scene beyond the capabilities of my widest lens.  Panoramas can also be useful in rendering depth of field shallower.  Ryan Brenizer is considered by many the pioneer of this type of panorama.  Here are my top 10 panoramas.

A Panorama of Disney's Wilderness Lodge Lobby

Sunday, March 15, 2015

From the Archives: The View from 718 Hart

From the Archives is a series on my blog where I share older photos I've taken before I started this blog.  In the first post, I shared some photos I took at my alma mater, SUNY Oswego.  In this second post, I will share some photos I took out my dorm room window during my college years.  Some of these you may recognize from the last post, but I'm including them here as well for comparison.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Adventures in Wide Angle...or, Taking the 16-35 for a Spin

I recently upgraded my wide angle zoom from the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM (above left) to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM (above right).  If you're a self-proclaimed gear-head like me, then you'll enjoy this article.  If you're just here for the photos, there are plenty of those too!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Chase Family

I had the opportunity to photograph the Chase family yesterday in Congress Park.  It was a nice sunny day but boy was it cold!  Here are some of my favorite shots.

The Chase Family

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fun with Flash Gels!

Ever since I received an awesome set of flash gels for Christmas, I have really been enjoying playing around with them and using them for creative lighting.  For those of you who enjoy technical information, there's plenty of that in this post, and for those of you who just want the pictures, there are plenty of those too.

Cookies & Milk Paris Style
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