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Photography Commentary

In Standard by Patrick

This past week, two very well respected photographers in the industry sat down on an episode of the “The Grid”, a web show produced by the Kelby Media Group in Oldsmar Florida. The photographers were Moose Peterson and Scott Kelby. Each of these photographers are very successful in their particular genres of photography and are extremely generous with there time …

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Longer focal distance for less

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

As photographers we all want the big sexy lenses that can reach out and pull our subject closer. The reality is that for a great many of us, the price point of these lenses just doesn’t allow us to drop that kind of money. By means of an example, the Nikkor AF-S 600 f/4 lens is $12,500 USD. Phenomenal lens, …

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Flash or exposure compensation

In Wildlife by Patrick

Even though we are in the middle of winter here in the midwest, there is still plenty of spring planning going on with our resident woodpeckers. On a crisp winter day, when I walked out onto our deck to check some of the feeders, there is a distinct rat ta tatt tatt on the trees. Having heard this before, I …

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To EV or not to EV

In Standard by Patrick

Lets face it. Light is king when it comes to photography. There are literally thousands of different ways we can manipulate the light using modifiers and such, but what about one of the most simplistic ways that is already built into the camera. The exposure compensation button. All makes have this, but why is it important to photographers. You paid …

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Gear Review: Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Camera

In Gear Review by Patrick

In the search for an upgrade for my wife’s point and shoot camera, a friend recommended the Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless camera. After looking at the specs on this camera, I decided to go with it and surprise her. At first she was not crazy about the interchangeable lenses, but that faded quickly when she began playing with it. The …

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History and Photography

In Aviation by Patrick

As a a kid, I loved watching history with my Dad. One of my dad’s favorite things to watch were documentaries on World War II along with all those Hollywood movies depicting war heroics. My favorites were always the movies where they talked about or showed the dogfights in the war birds. This really cemented my love of aviation and …

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Generating composites

In Aviation by Patrick

One of the things that I like most about photography, especially my aviation photography, is the ability to take those images and recreate something that is historically accurate in the form of a composite. Simply seeing historic war birds in flight is exhilarating enough, but taking those pictures and compiling them into a dogfight or naval battle is really fun. …

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Sharpness Series Part Three: Use Live View

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

This tip is actually one that I could have put in my “Sharpness Series Part Two: Settings in the camera” post, but thought it warranted a separate entry given some of the confusion around Live view mode. I have heard and read some people say that Live View is just for tourists and people who don’t know how to use …

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Sharpness Series Part Two: Settings in camera

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Sharp shots are usually pretty essential in photography. Of course there are times when you want a creative blur or effect, but the majority of the time, sharpness is king. Tripods are the best to ensure a tack sharp image, but what if you cannot use one or don’t have one. There are things that you can do at the …

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Sharpness Series Part One: Proper Handholding

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

One of the most common questions that I find coming into my inbox is the question of “How do you get consistently sharp images? A very valid question and one that I asked as well at some point as I become more serious about the craft of photography. The first step in the process, irregardless of whether you shoot a …