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Wacom Tablet for Photo Editing

Originally posted January 2016 // Updated December 2020 A Wacom to solve my problem? I believe encountering new problems means that you are growing and stretching yourself into new places. By taking on new challenges you are introduced to new problems that you haven’t solved before. Approaching and overcoming those problems means that you grow. So that’s all well and …

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Tripods and Heads to Mount Your Camera – focus on travel photography

Are you new to photography or perhaps just new to travel photography? Maybe you have only used a camera hand held and now you’re ready to add a tripod to your photography gear. We all ask these questions at one point. The tripods and heads that I used for studio and architecture were less than ideal for travel photography. This …

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What Camera Should I Buy

Buying your first or next serious camera You want to start thinking creatively and taking control over your photos. You’re ready to buy a serious camera. I would encourage you to make this purchase decision based on what you want to do with the camera and ignore the tech and hype around what’s popular today. When you read an article …

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Photography Gear Packing List for Travel Photography Tours

Your photography gear packing list for a cycling and photography tour is pretty simple. It’s not really any different than what to pack for normal photography tours. Here are the photography essentials to bring in your travel gear and what to leave at home.  Packing Lists for your cycling and photography tour – PHOTO GEAR 1 file(s) 823.90 KB download When you’re …

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Imagebrief for Freelance Photographers – How and Why I Use It

ImageBrief is a tool that can provide value to freelance photographers if you know what to expect from it and how to use it. There have been many variations on this over the years and ImageBrief is only the newest flavor. The core concept of the platform is very simple. A company, ad agency, or creative director posts a brief …

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Photo Management – Storage and Backups

While I don’t shoot a ton of images daily right now I am making several thousand photos a year that I want to keep safe from the point of capture through to working with them and then saving them to long term backups. These processes; and no doubt the hardware, will change over time. As of January 2016, this is …

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The Value in a Cinemagraph

I originally wrote an article about this effort for the MartianCraft Syndicate blog comparing some footage shot on my Sony a6000 edited with Flixel Pro to what I hope to be able to do with Live Photos from Apple. I’ve updated it a bit for my site here. As cameras in mobile phones improve I do sometimes take my iPhone along …

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Why Buy a Better Camera?

There are lots of things wrong with both of these images below. A better camera would definitely help. Short list – I would shoot it in raw with a lower iso and take a step to the right to get the framing more symmetrical. If you’re used to viewing social media images of snapshots from phones then these probably both …

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Photo sharing, digital ownership, metadata, & watermarking

Update at end of 2020: Check out the article on using Digimarc to digitally watermark images and how that played out. Digital ownership of a photo is hard to track and even harder to prove. Anyone who has ever shared their photos online has probably had them stolen and used by other people without compensation or attribution. It happened to …