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All you need to do is ask

The other day I got a haircut. It was at one of those haircut franchises where you can get a trim quickly at a reasonable price, nothing fancy. The stylist that cut my hair was young, barely out of cosmetology school. She spent a lot of time with me and when she was done she [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Sky high

The sky’s the limit for the newest Readers Photo Challenge because the subject for the assignment is literally the sky. This time of year is the perfect time to get photos of the sky. One can almost call it the “sky season.” With the ending of daylight savings time and the turning of our clocks [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Open season

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is an open one, meaning the subject was up to each photographer to choose on their own. Entries ran the gamut of possibilities. Most sent in pictures of the natural world while others tried their hand at portraits, pets and even sports. Seventy-five photos were sent in by 14 [...]

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Getting the most out a situation

A few weeks ago I drove out to Santa Cruz to bring my son home for a weekend visit from college. I got there about 45 minutes before he got out of his last class of the day at 5:00 p.m., so I decided to kill a little time. I drove down to the West [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Wide open

Most of the challenge assignments are of a single subject. Sometimes its something that I think might interesting, other times it may be about some technique that I think may be worth trying out. This assignment, however, will be an open one, meaning the subject is what ever you want it to be. Sometimes I’ll [...]

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Make time

File this under “do as I say, not as I do.” In vacation photography, I always recommend building in some time to take pictures when traveling. Stop for a few days or even just a few hours to get out of your car, look around and get a sense of the place. Well, recently I [...]

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“Art is long and life is short” – Hippocrates

There’s a saying in photography that goes: “the best zoom lens your feet,” meaning that you should try to get physically as close to your subject as you can. That’s certainly true but there are times when you can’t get as close as you want. That’s where a telephoto lens comes in. There are 2 [...]

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The name game

The late Sacramento area stock photographer Tom Meyers was not only a great shooter but he was a whiz at organizing his photos as well. In the pre-digital age, he had file cabinets with thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of slides, and each were carefully and meticulously filed and cross referenced for easy finding. Most [...]

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Calling for backup

A few years ago Seattle-based photographer Chase Jarvis produced a short video explaining the steps he goes through in backing up his photos when on an extended location shoot. At the end of the day he and his crew copies all his images onto 2 external hard drives. The drives are then stored in the [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: People

Most people are uncomfortable taking pictures of other people. A landscape won’t talk back to you, a flower isn’t judgmental of your technique and a bird can’t criticize you. For the latest Readers Photo Challenge I’ll be asking most of you to venture outside of your comfort zone with the assignment of “people.” Posed or [...]

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