Q&A: How important is knowing your subject or location to getting a unique image?

There is an old saying for photographers -shoot what you love to get get your best images.  Why is that?  Assuming you have a achieved a high level of proficiency with a camera,  why are knowing your subject and the environment you shooting key factors to getting a unique and memorable images?  As a skilled photographer, … Continue reading Q&A: How important is knowing your subject or location to getting a unique image?

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

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 … Continue reading Getting a new camera?

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

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, … Continue reading Built in Camera settings on the Canon 7D Mark II with Sunflowers

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 … Continue reading 2016 – Folly Beach Wahine Classic photography

Photo tour with Doug Gardner on Lake Marion

Took a few pics at Lake Marion with Doug Gardner and a few friends one a photography tour.  We had a great time. Also I included a few other photos from the same weekend at Magnolia Gardens.  See if you can tell which are which.

Perfect Light, Interrupted

As as a photographer, you might have noticed that I practice a lot. Always in the hopes of great light and cool subject coming together and capturing something that I want to look at over and over again. Maybe someone else too, but that is really not important.   Primarily I shoot handheld or on … Continue reading Perfect Light, Interrupted

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 … Continue reading Hypnotic Peacock Photo by Cary McDonald — National Geographic Your Shot