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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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On the cheap: Weatherization

On the subject of photographing in the rain, it is wise to protect your gear from getting wet. High–end, professional grade DSLR cameras are well-sealed from inclement weather, but the consumer-level gear that mot people have tends to be less-well protected. You can buy protective covers for you cameras and lenses but they can be [...]

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A matter of perspective

The thing about newspaper photography is that it encompasses many different situations. I normally carry two zoom lenses with me in my kit. A 24-70mm wide angle zoom (which is usually on the camera when it’s in my bag) and a 70-200mm telephoto zoom. This range allows me cover most of the conditions that I [...]

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