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Time has come today

In a recent article published by Popular Photography, photo agency Getty Images says that it will only take 120 seconds from the time a photo is shot at the Rio Olympics to when it get published on their website. In this day of Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat when you can you can post pictures nearly [...]

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Think like a camera

One way to improve your photographic skills is to think like your camera, or more precisely, know how your camera thinks. Today’s digital cameras are technological wonders. Not only are they imaging devices but mini computers as well. The contain algorithms for auto exposure, auto focus and many other complex functions. However, with all its [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Summertime

“In the summertime when the weather is hot, You can reach right up and touch the sky…” “In the Summertime” by Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry Summer is the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. It’s the time of leisure and vacations. Summertime conjures images of swinging lazily in a hammock while sipping a cool glass [...]

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Experience your experiences

On May 22 I photographed former President Bill Clinton’s campaign stop for his wife Hillary at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Stockton. About 700 people were jammed into the center’s exhibition hall. I shot the event from with the rest of the media from a press riser at the back of the room and [...]

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What’s inside

When I was a young community college photo student I disassembled a 200mm lens. Several weeks earlier a fellow student did it to one of his lenses after he fell and dunked it into the water during a week-long field trip to Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove. Sand and salt water are the two [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Return calls

Our latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment, cellphone photography, is an encore of one we did in 2013. The results of that one was impressive and this one did not disappoint. Cellphones and the pictures that we take with them are as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. They have replaced point-and-shoot cameras as the most [...]

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Lens culture

Occasionally I’ve been asked: “what’s your favorite lens?” My answer is: “the one I need at the time.” It may sound a bit flippant but I don’t have any single lens that I use over the others. Instead, I’ll use a lens that I need for a particular job. Each type of lens has its [...]

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A cameraman’s man-camera

  I’m a DSLR guy, after all it’s what I make my living with. But they’re not for everyone as this humorous video from Sony Thailand shows.

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Spring fever

The next Readers Photo Challenge assignment will be a little different than most of the previous assignments which have been about specific things or techniques. This assignment is more of a theme. And that theme is “spring.” Just because there isn’t a specific subject it doesn’t mean that there won’t be plenty to shoot. Many [...]

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Alphabet soup

Back when my wife and I were dating we went out to dinner with a bunch of my photography friends. Our conversation soon turned to things like film and camera equipment. The banter was filled with confusing acronyms, abbreviations and jargon that left my wife thinking that we were secretly gun smugglers. Almost every industry [...]

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