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The frustrating nomenclature of photography

Photography has its own jargon and some of the terms can be obscure and confusing, which may be why some people find photography challenging to learn and even off putting. I recently watched a video in which husband-wife photography team Tony and Chelsea Northrup take common photography terminology to task ( In the video, the [...]

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Show of slides

I’ve produced a yearend online slideshow of my work every year since 2010 and this year is no different. It showcases some of my favorite photos that I’ve shot throughout the year and can be seen, the Record’s YouTube channel and here. Here are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about producing [...]

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Give the gift of time

Christmas is coming up and you may be wondering what gift to give a loved one who is a photographer. You could buy them a new camera or lens, or even a photo workshop, but those can cost from several hundred to several thousand of dollars. Photography is nothing if not expensive. So what can [...]

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Student chill out spot

TOP LEFT: Chihuahua-mix Noah is petted by a University of the Pacific student at the Chill Out Spot at the DeRosa University Center lawn on the UOP campus in Stockton. TOP RIGHT: Several University of the Pacific students pet St. Bernard Thor at the Chill Out Spot at the DeRosa University Center lawn. MIDDLE: University [...]

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UOP’s Ted Leland retires

TOP: University of the Pacific athletic director Ted Leland, center, is greeted by well-wishers at his retirement party at UOP’s DeRosa University Center. MIDDLE LEFT: University of the Pacific president Dr. Pamela Eibeck speaks at Pacific athletic director Ted Leland’s retirement party. MIDDLE CENTER: Ted Leland laughs at speakers’ comments at his retirement party. MIDDLE [...]

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A la mode

I’m always encouraging budding photographers to learn how to use their cameras in manual exposure mode. With the exception of when I use my cellphone or a point-and-shoot camera, I always shoot manually. with my digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera. I know it can be daunting for someone starting out to figure how to [...]

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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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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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