Category Archive: Technique and Vision

Discussions or tips about photographic techniques or the art of photography.

Oct 08

Planning the Eclipse Shoot

One of the keys of successful outdoor photography is planning.  While many great shots have been made simply by ending up in a good spot by chance, and then having a great composition catch your eye, for many types of shoots, especially with landscapes, prior planning can make the difference between coming back with a …

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May 24

Star Trails and the Milky Way

Star Trails, Lake Logan, Ohio - Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8R @ ISO 800, f/2.8, 47.5 minutes (95 exposures at 30s)

I’m not much of a star photos guy.  At least, I  haven’t been in the past.  Not because I don’t enjoy seeing super late night images with the stars gleaming, but because I live near a fairly large city, and light pollution makes capturing images of the stars problematic.  It requires a drive a good …

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May 14

Long Daytime Exposures

Broad Street Bridge, Columbus, OH - Fujifilm X-E2 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 @ f/22, 3 minutes 30 seconds

There are many ways to add a creative element to your images, and one thing that you may wish to explore is adding time as an element in your photos.   You may know about taking long exposures in dim light or at night to get low noise high quality images in dark situations, but …

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Jan 08

It’s Winter…Go Shoot!


It’s that time of year again. If you live in a northern climate, the weather has turned cold (bitterly cold in the US this week), snow has fallen, ice is everywhere. It’s the perfect time to go out and shoot. Yes, that’s right, the perfect time to shoot. While outdoor photographers all love shooting in …

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Oct 08

Knowing a Location

Sunrise Over Columbus - Panasonic GX7 with Olympus 75-300mm (click to enlarge)

It’s been a little while since my last article, but be assured: I’ve got lots in the pipeline (including a review of the Panasonic GX7).  Today I’m going to touch on something I think is very important for photographers who shoot outdoors, and that’s getting to really know a location.  It’s especially important to know …

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Jul 19

Telling a Story: The Chair

Abandoned Chair - Day #1

Over the past month, I’ve had a chance to sort of do a little photographic storytelling by creating a series of images over time.  On my way to work every day, I pass a series of abandoned parking lots that used to serve a rather large strip mall that has since been demolished.  Usually these …

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Feb 23

Little Building, Big City

Every once in a while, I’ll see a subject, and I will instantly know the type of shot I want to make.  Sometimes, I’ll take some shots and get it right away…other times, the light isn’t right, or you don’t quite know how you want to go about capturing it. This is one of those …

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Sep 05

Creating a Child of Darkness

Child of Darkness - Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Leica 25mm f/1.4 @ f/5.6

Ok, well, not for real…just photographically.  I occasionally take part in a ‘weekly assignment’ at one of the forums I frequent, where users submit photos on a weekly theme.  A winner is picked (though there’s no real prize), but the main thing is to get you thinking outside the box and to try new photographic …

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