Q&A: Are your images “Sharp enough” or “Sharp!”

Does it matter if all your images are tack sharp?  Well, that depends on what you want to do with your images.  Or who and how you plan on showing them to others?  For posting on the web and on social media… sharp enough is usually good enough.   Facebook, Instagram, and other social media formats shrink and compress the image files and the images don’t … Continue reading Q&A: Are your images “Sharp enough” or “Sharp!”

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Getting a new camera?

Why should you get a new camera?  Besides, because you want one, what are the logical reasons for getting a new or “better” camera? You have to ask yourself some questions.  Have I reached the limits of my current camera? Are you not able to get the shots you imagine because of the camera or your technique?  New cameras can compensate for some technique flaws, … Continue reading Getting a new camera?

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Q&A: Why should I shoot in RAW + JPEG

  Why should I consider shooting RAW + JPEG even if I’m a beginner?  Well that depends on you?  Do you plan to print and sell your work?  Are you delivering images to someone that hired you?  Do you plan on getting serious about photography in the future?  Are you starting to use Photoshop along with Lightroom and getting into actions, advanced selections, or luminosity masks? … Continue reading Q&A: Why should I shoot in RAW + JPEG

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Built in Camera settings on the Canon 7D Mark II with Sunflowers

When using a Canon Camera, it has a few built in JPEG or JPG image processing options, that can be set to tell the camera how to process the RAW image file at the time of capture.  It uses these settings in combination with the White Balance selected,  and saves the file as a JPEG, in camera and drops all the extra information and compresses … Continue reading Built in Camera settings on the Canon 7D Mark II with Sunflowers

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2016 – Folly Beach Wahine Classic photography

I used to love the time out on my long-board and just sitting there waiting to catch a wave. I was never that good and my family doesn’t let me forget it, but I had fun and it was good exercise, which was what mattered.  I sold my three surf boards to cover some of the cost of camera equipment in 2012.   I had decided that … Continue reading 2016 – Folly Beach Wahine Classic photography

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Hypnotic Peacock Photo by Cary McDonald — National Geographic Your Shot

I wanted a certain smooth background for a peacock photo, and needed to get as close a possible with the smallest DOF I could at 300mm and f 2.8, so I knew I had to get between 18 and 20 feet to have about a 1 inch sharp DOF. I needed the shade to get the tail the way I wanted and I had to … Continue reading Hypnotic Peacock Photo by Cary McDonald — National Geographic Your Shot

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2016 – Photography goals

Since 2011, and getting back seriously into my hobby, I’ve been focusing on taking lots of images and attempting to master capturing the image that I envision of the subject in the camera.  After over 200,000 images and many hours taking photos of various subjects in various light conditions, my goals have started to change.  My goals are becoming more refined to achieve the envisioned … Continue reading 2016 – Photography goals

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