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When you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with

Occasionally I’ll be asked what’s the best camera. Is it a DSLR, superior to a point-and-shoot camera or smartphone? The answer is: it’s whatever you happen to have with you at the time. It may sound a bit flippant, but if all you have is one type of camera and not the other, you don;’t […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Bringing out the animal in you

Animals are the subjects for June’s Readers Photo Challenge. Most people have an affinity to on sort of creature or another and this challenge will encompass them all: mammals, birds, reptiles fish and insects. Whatever strikes your fancy and you can photograph it is fair game. Pets are a natural source of subjects for most […]

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All in a day’s work (or play)

People at work or play was the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. The idea of the assignment was not just to photograph the activities, which can be very different from each other, but rather to get pictures of people engaged in doing something and not just sitting for a portrait. Ten readers […]

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Having your fill (flash)

Some of you may think that outside during the day is the best time to take a portrait because there’s plenty of light. That’s true but it’s not always the best light. The best outdoor light is early or late in the day when the sun is near the horizon. Midday sun is the worst. […]

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Pressed for time

I remember many years ago after covering UOP volleyball for several years, I had a night off so I took my wife to see the Tigers play. It was my first time watching a match without having to cover it. We were having a fine time following the action up until somewhere near the end […]

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Curse me for a novice

“Curse me for a novice” was, as any comic book geek like me would know, something that Dr. Strange would say in the comics. He would utter it when he made an easy mistake or forgot something simple in casting his magic spells, which was surprisingly quite often for someone billed as the Sorcerer Supreme. […]

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From chump to chimp

The term “chimping” is one that not all photographers may know but everyone does it, whether they admit it or not. First written about by USA Today photographer Bob Deutsch, it refers to the act of reviewing pictures on the camera’s monitor immediately after taking it. Sports Illustrated photographer Robert Beck says that it isn’t […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Seeing red

The subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment as the color red. Red is a bold and bright color. Most people sent in photos of things that were fire-engine or stop-sign red. A few others found shades that were more subtle and nuanced. Whatever way they approached the subject, this assignment got them seeing […]

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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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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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