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Old Favorites and Cheap Gear
May 3, 2015

The f/4.0 has never done me wrong. Image from Canon's website If you've read any of my previous posts, you know I am a die-hard fan of the Canon 70-200mm f/4.0. Why? Well, it's image quality is superb and it's dirt cheap by comparison. As for the f/4.0's speed, it's not that big of a deal if you're shooting in the studio or using lights of any sort. Sure, it's not the best action lens out there, an f/2.8 would be better suited for that, but eve...

Benjamin Lehman Takes Daily Top Honors on Flickr
April 4, 2015

The best photos happen in the worst weather Or so famous wildlife and landscape photographer, Moose Peterson, says. And ya know what? I think he's right. It's certainly be kind to me. Some of my best photos have been taken under adverse weather conditions. When the weather got bad this past week, I headed out my front door with camera in hand and took a few pictures and it paid off again. One of the photos I took received Flickr's Explore (thei...

Polar Bear Jump in Akron, Ohio. Photography in a Blizzard.
February 28, 2015

The weather forecast was calling for 3-6 inches of snow, the temp hovering around 33 degrees. If you've ever lived on the east coast, then you know it can snow even when the temp is above freezing and this can cause you a few problems. How to Survive Bad Weather as a Photographer Whether it's 36 degrees Fahrenheit , or -10 below, the problems dealing with the cold are pretty much the same; staying warm is your first-most priority. The second prio...

Show You're a .DNG Bat.
February 23, 2015

Jared Polin is an awesome photographer with a great social media presence. He's also the father of the "I SHOOT RAW" slogan. But, as the years pass and the technology changes, sometimes the file formats you've gotten used to change. RAW files are no exception. Adobe has a new RAW format known as DNG, or Digital Negative File. The biggest benefit of the .DNG format is compatibility. You can take your .DNG file and use it in a wide variety of prog...

Photographer Gear - Expensive versus Cheap, Good versus Bad
February 6, 2015

Don't be fooled. You don't need to spend thousands of dollars to be a good photographer. Every day, the world produces some amazing photographs. Some of them are made in studios, by people wielding tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, and some of them are made by people with nothing more than a cheap, mid-ranged camera. Certain styles of photography call for varying amounts of gear. I mean, you can't be a flash photographer without at l...

Weather or Not
February 6, 2015

Sometimes you just hope the stars align. It can be the talent; are they willing to go along with this crazy idea of mine? Sometimes it's making the client understand the intricacies of the shot. Sometimes it's something that's completely out of your control like the weather. Dealing with, and planning for weather as a photographer Weather is the bane of all photographers. At best you can rely on the weather channel to give you the conditions that...

Near the End of Winter
January 29, 2015

Winter is coming to a close - cold mornings bring snow, all to be washed away by after noon rain, and then draped in snow once again as the sun sets. This transition from winter to spring is often marked by potholed streets edged with slopes of dirty snow, but you can still find some winter-chilled character in landscapes and the people who are interacting with it.  

Mixing Lighting Sources and using 2nd (Rear) Curtain Sync Flash
January 27, 2015

A lot of effort goes into lighting your shots. Controlling the pattern of light is always important, but corralling color temperature and light source also fall high on that list of priorities. Mixing continuous light and strobe is easy enough, but not always desired. A flashes ability to choke out ambient light is one of the strengths of strobe photography - especially when the objective is to freeze motion.  There are creative techniques, however...

Becoming the Director - Turning your DSLR into a video/movie/film camera.
January 6, 2015

Modern DSLRs are amazing devices. Not long after the 5D Mark II introduced the ability to shoot high quality video, the film world took notice and started to use it as an essential piece of equipment in movie making. Not only are DSLRs small, and therefore easy to work with, they are also relatively cheap, and you get the picture quality afforded to you from using your DSLR lenses. Long before I started taking pictures as a professional photogra...

Wedding Photography - Leslie and Jim at La Pizzaria in Canton, Ohio
December 3, 2014

Early in November I had the opportunity to photograph a wedding for an absolutely wonderful couple; Jim & Leslie. We met Leslie through a previous job, The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, where she works in the fundraising department. When we first met to discuss if we would be a good fit for her wedding, (We met in mid summer, several months before her wedding date), she expressed how important it was that the wedding photos shouldn't staged -...

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