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.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Equine Advocates Photo Trip



Last weekend, I went with my photography club to Equine Advocates in Chatham, New York.  Equine Advocates is a sanctuary for horses that have been rescued for a variety of reasons.  My friend Terry of Soul Expression Photography was kind enough to arrange this meet up.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

An Ode to the Canon 135L

This is the first in a series of posts where I'll share why I love some of the lenses I use.  This first post focuses on what is one of my all time favorite lenses, the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

10 Things I Saw at the Saratoga Downtown Business Association Fall Festival

A Magician on Broadway

A photographer buddy and I decided to head downtown to photograph the goings on at the Saratoga Downtown Business Association's Fall Festival.  The Fall Festival is a family-friendly day-long event with entertainment, costumes, and fun for the kids.  I'd never been before, so there where a lot of things that caught my eye.  Here are ten things in particular that I saw:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Copyright Infringement: 25 Myths About Sharing Images Online (Plus 4 Ways to Use Images Legally)

Casey's No Copycat!
Casey's no copycat!

Anyone who shares images on the internet has a responsibility to know what's legal and what's not legal.  Unfortunately, though, far more people are uneducated about copyright than are.  I can't even count the number of times I've had businesses or individuals use my photos without my permission, and then claim they weren't doing anything wrong because they gave me credit and/or they found it on the internet.  What's worse is that I'm hardly alone in this; nearly every photographer I know has had to deal with copyright infringement at some point.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Manchester, Vermont and the Fall Foliage



Over Columbus Day Weekend, I took a day trip to Manchester, VT.  The fall colors were just about at peak, and I grabbed some shots of the mountains along the way.

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