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Clifford Oto

Clifford Oto, an award-winning photographer, has been with The Record since 1984. Through the changes from black and white to digital photography, he’s kept his focus on covering the events, people and life of San Joaquin county. This blog deals with photography, camera gear, the photos taken for the paper and the stories behind them.

Under control

“Control. Control. You must learn control.” Yoda – The Empire Strikes Back So, you got a shiny new digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera for Christmas. Now you’re going to take better pictures than you have with your old point-and-shoot or smartphone, right? Not necessarily so. If you set your new camera on auto and [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Baby, it’s cold outside

Since it’s the middle of winter, the first readers Photo Challenge assignment of 2018 will be appropriate to the season: The subject will be “Cold.” Recent storms have brought snow to the Sierras which are only a few hours away. Snow-capped mountains and white, Christmasy pine trees are perfect for this challenge. People sledding, skiing [...]

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12 from 18

For the past several years, I have compiled a top 12 list of my favorite pictures from the the year. Why 12 and not 10? This list is a little different because I pick one favorite from each month, thus 12. Every list is imperfect and arbitrary. With a top 10, a list may not [...]

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Favorites of 2018

Here is a yearend collection of my photos from 2018. I chose 52 of my favorites and presented them in the slideshow above. Why 52? I figure that there are 52 weeks in a year and while I don’t work all 52, due to vacations and such, it’s as good a number as any. Here’s [...]

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A portrait of a family

The annual Help-Portrait event was held at the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless as it has for the previous 10 years. Each year I help gather talented local photographers, hair stylists and makeup artist to provide Christmas portraits for those living at the shelter. This year’s event was on December 1. Every year there has [...]

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November outtakes

November is done and the end of the year is right around the corner. Here are my favorite photos from 2018’s 11th month. ________________________ 11/2/18: Stockton Kings’s Kalin Lucas scrambles for a loose ball past Oklahoma City Blue’s Abudl Gaddy during the Kings’ debut at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton. ________________________ 11/3/18: Dancer Sammy [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Open season

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment was an open one meaning the choice of subject matter was up to each photographer. Many chose to send in images of the natural world like landscapes and sunsets/sunrises. There were quite of few of animals, whether wild or pets. Children were also a popular subject. Twenty-five readers sent [...]

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In defense of the center

In photography there’s very few things that fall under “always do this” or “never do that.” One of the things that seems to have become an absolute over time is “never put your subject at the center of the picture.” The goal of every composition should be to lead the viewer’s eye its subject in [...]

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Learning from the ordinary

Jim Richardson is a renowned photographer of incredible talent. His credits include the Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal and freelancing for publications such as Time, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times. In the last last half of his career he’s been a photographer with National Geographic for which he’s produced 30 stories. He’s certainly accomplished and established in the [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Your choice

This month’s Readers Photo Challenge assignment will be an open one, meaning that the choice of subject is up to you. You can approach it in a couple of ways. First, you can shoot something that interests you. If you like landscapes, then a quick trip to the foothills or out to the Delta can [...]

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