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!”

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

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

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. … Continue reading 2016 – Photography goals

Q&A: How does shutter speed impact photo sharpness?

The photo above was shot at 1/125 of a second, F/5 and ISO 100 at 200mm non image stabilization lens.  (70-200 f2.8 L non IS canon lens) First, what is shutter speed? In photography, shutter speed or exposure time is the length of time when the film or digital sensor inside the camera is exposed to … Continue reading Q&A: How does shutter speed impact photo sharpness?

Q&A: Why are my images sharper with a lens with a larger aperture?

Lenses with a larger aperture are called faster lenses.  Look at the image below and think about it.  When a camera focuses, it uses the light coming through the lens to focus.  The more light that comes through the lens the more information the camera sensor has to use to focus the lens.  The aperture … Continue reading Q&A: Why are my images sharper with a lens with a larger aperture?

Q&A: Why is “knowing where to stand” so important to getting a sharp image?

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”– Ansel Adams This is one of my favorite photography quotes by Ansel Adams, but you have to take into account that he was a master landscape photographer. One of my favorite images of him is the iconic image of him on top of his car to capture … Continue reading Q&A: Why is “knowing where to stand” so important to getting a sharp image?

Q&A: How can you use Long exposures to make people disappear in a pinch.

Sometimes you cannot control when you have access to a location, or if you are the only people that are there at the same time.  This happened to me this weekend.  My wife and I visited Angel Oak on John's Island, SC.  It is a very popular tourist site with a very old oak tree and … Continue reading Q&A: How can you use Long exposures to make people disappear in a pinch.

Q&A: How does DOF impacts image sharpness?

After you have been taking photos for a while, you may advance to a point where you are trying to limit the depth of field or DOF to make the subject of your images more pronounced or really stand out in your images.   When doing so, it can make your images soft and it … Continue reading Q&A: How does DOF impacts image sharpness?