Saturday, August 31, 2013

Variety is the Spice of Life!

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, Adobe Photoshop CS6

Just a couple days ago B&H were kind enough to feature a few of my photos on their Facebook page.  The photos linked to my post about using a neutral density filter.  While most of the feedback was very positive, there were several negative comments (not constructive criticism), which bemoaned what the commenters felt was excessive use of Photoshop.  Now, I understand not everyone will like my work, and I don't deny that some of my photos have a significant amount of post-processing work done on them.  I do, however, think it's rude to disparage someone's work because it is not created the way you would have done it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Top 5 Reasons to Like Through the Glass on Facebook

Through the Glass is a pretty new blog, but I've decided to expand it to Facebook.  I've recently been able to see, through following other bloggers on Facebook, how useful  a tool it is for sharing your work and ideas and enjoying that of others.  Although I and other bloggers do post content to multiple social networks, Facebook is a great place to share everything - blog posts, thoughts and ideas, links, photos, etc.  So, in case you haven't started following this blog on Facebook, here is a list of reasons why you should (in no particular order):

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Make Stunning Daytime Landscapes With a Neutral Density Filter

The Snake Winds at Oxbow Bend

Have you ever wanted to capture clouds or water moving in your daytime photos but couldn't figure out how to make it work?  The process isn't really that difficult, but you will have to invest in some gear.  What you will need (besides your camera and lens):

Monday, August 19, 2013

Saratoga Race Course in Summer

Golden Morning at the Track

Saratoga Springs, NY, is a great place to be in the summer, especially in August, when the Saratoga Race Course attracts locals and tourists alike.  So far this season I have taken quite a few shots of the horses and the surrounding sights.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Four Comparison Tools You Should Use Before Buying a Camera

Thinking of buying a new camera soon?  Have it whittled down to a few choices but can't quite make up your mind?  Naturally, it doesn't hurt to read reviews of the cameras you're considering, but I also like to run the cameras through a few of these comparison tools, which give you a feature-for-feature idea of which camera is better suited to your needs.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Photographing Bennington, VT - Or, How My Style Has Changed!

A Home in Bennington

Have you ever revisited a location that you photographed a few years earlier and compared the shots you took then with the new ones?  A few weeks ago, I visited Bennington, Vermont, for the first time in several years and did just that.  I also got a few new shots, like the one above, in places I hadn't been before in Bennington.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Yellowstone & Grand Tetons Videography

This is somewhat of an addendum to a previous post, Photographing Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons for the First Time.  I'm no pro videographer, but I have been taking some video lately and I've put together a couple of videos from my trip.  They feature both stills and video in them.  Let me know what you think!

The Glory of the Tetons from Samantha Decker on Vimeo.
Music: Born to Try (Instrumental) by Mike Kotulka

Friday, August 2, 2013

When One RAW is Enough: Learning to Work With Your DSLR's Dynamic Range

Yellowstone Lake at Dusk

Yellowstone Lake at Dusk

One of the above photos is an HDR composite of three RAW files and the other is just one RAW.  Can you tell which is which?

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