Category Archives: Equipment

A camera primer

I’m often asked about what’s best brand of camera to get. I know a lot of people are brand conscious but the truth is that they all work just fine, despite what the camera companies may say. What’s more important is the type of camera and how it suits your needs. The majority of people [...]

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Out with the old

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” - Bill Vaughn Many people take time at the end of the year to look back over the previous 12 months before moving onto the new year. Almost invariably the review of the year ends [...]

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Back up plan

A part of being a professional photographer is the ability to solve problems. If an amateur photographer misses a shot or an entire event due to some technical issue, then all that is lost is a picture. If that happens to pros then they risk losing a job or even a client. I was assigned [...]

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To serve and protect

When you buy a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera it’s often suggested or recommended that you get either a skylight or UV filter for the front of lens that comes with the camera as well as one for each additional lens you get. They’re relatively cheap, ranging from $5.00 to $50.00 depending on the [...]

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It’s not the camera, it’s the photographer

The World Press Photo contest recently announced the winning pictures from 2014. These are considered some of the best images in the world. By and large they were all taken with digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, which are the tools of choice for the photojournalist. The Spanish photo website Quesabesde analyzed the EXIF data [...]

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Put your left hand in…

“I admit it, you are better than I am.” “Then why are you smiling?” “Because I know something you don’t know.” “And what is that?” “I am not left-handed.” – An exchange between Indigo Montoya and the Man in Black from “The Princess Bride” In photography there are very few absolutes. Rarely is there an [...]

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Random photo #42: Catchin’ some clouds

Under a canopy of clouds Garrett Gaige, 16, of Stockton catches some air while riding his skateboard at the skate park at the Generations Center in Lathrop.

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Readers challenge: Holiday lights

Nothing visually epitomizes the holiday season than Christmas lights, which is the subject of the current Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Some people put up simple yet elegant white lights while others put up those of every color in the rainbow. Either way, from neighborhoods to shopping centers, they lend a festive air to the season. [...]

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All in the family

Now is the time of year that many people start to think about taking family portraits. They want photos to send as Christmas cards or with seasonal newsletters to their family and friends during the holidays. Some might have their picture taken by a professional photographer while others may them with their own cameras. If [...]

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Hold it!

I always advocate to new camera purchasers to read the owners’ manual. It has all kinds of useful information especially for first time users. But here are some things that aren’t covered in a manual or even some classes. It could be something that the writers of the manuals didn’t think about or perhaps thought [...]

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