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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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What’s your bag?

So you’ve gotten more serious about photography and have not only gotten a DSLR camera but a couple of lenses, a flash and some other accessories as well. How do you carry it all around with you? There are several different options available to you these days. When I started in photography in the early [...]

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Circle of life, in a small pond

A few weeks ago, while looking for a spring-time picture I found myself in a nature reality show like the ones on BBC narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Often in those programs there is the scene when the predator chases the prey. I always root for the prey to escape. I know logically that that [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Trees

  “Trees need not walk the earth For beauty or for bread; Beauty will come to them Where they stand…” Trees Need Not Walk the Earth By David Rosenthal Stockton has been designated as a Tree City USA for more than 30 years which is the inspiration for the next Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Trees. [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: The power of flowers

Winter and spring rains brought April flowers in abundance and helped to make the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment of Flowers a success. Everyone sent in pictures of great flowers, but this is a photography column, not a flower column, after all. The best photos transcended the beauty of their subjects. They showed that it’s [...]

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Four days in Washington D.C.

Last month I took an all too short family vacation to Washington D.C. It was our first time to visit the city, which gave me an opportunity to put into practice some travel photography techniques. There is so much to see in our nation’s Capitol, where it seems that there’s a statue of a guy [...]

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