02-13-2015 One of the most overused statements by photographers has to be, "I'll fix it in Photoshop™." When photo editing software is used to compensate for sloppy camera settings, poor composition or incorrect lighting, the photographer must, by definition, degrade the image in order to "fix" it. Exposure adjustments, color temperature adjustments and cropping all … Continue reading Planning for Photoshop™
12-26-2014 Note: This review is written as a casual review based on user experiences. I don't intend to provide a calibrated, scientific description of this lens. In 2014, Olympus came through on their promise to bring a second PRO-version zoom lens to market. After the heralded debut of the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens late … Continue reading Gear review: Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens
09-25-2014 When I bought my first single lens reflex (SLR) camera in 1974, it came with a 50mm lens. This lens was often referred to as a "normal" lens because its focal length closely mimics the field of view of the human eye. Lenses with a focal length shorter than 35mm were considered "wide … Continue reading Olympus 25mm lens: the new Normal
01-03-2014 California is facing serious drought issues; rainfall is significantly below annual averages. With such little rain and snow over the last 12 months, the water levels at Folsom Lake have been dropping to historic low levels. The levels are low enough to generate new nicknames for this water recreation area: "Folsom Creek" and "Folsom … Continue reading Dam drought
12-27-2013 This has been a great year, one filled with changes, growth and plenty of fun. The year started with relocating to Lincoln, California. While Lincoln is not far from Sacramento, it has a very different feel. With a population of 44,000 people, Lincoln offers a quieter and slower-paced lifestyle. Local businesses are very friendly … Continue reading 2013 – Looking back over the last 12 months
09-24-2013 Well, maybe there is no need for such drama. I took this photo five years ago as a personal assignment. I wanted to illustrate how it feels to ride a bicycle on a busy city street. The California Bicycle Coalition asked if they could use the photo as part of their campaign to … Continue reading Give me three feet or give me death
04-02-2013 (Click on photos to see a larger view.) I've been shooting quite a few sporting events lately. Actually, it was action photography that got me started in photography, um, 39 years ago. Motorcycle racing, to be more specific. Sports photography requires specialized photo gear if you want to improve your chances of getting … Continue reading Sports photos – how much gear is enough?
11-19-2012 I recently wrapped up a couple of editorial assignments that required lip-smacking images of food. When I approach food photography, I lean towards large simple lighting, clean backgrounds and authentic food appearances. This last point is important to me. I don't change the food once the chef has handed it off for two … Continue reading Fast Food – Food Photography on the Run
08-23-2012 OK, this will be a stretch, but watch as I connect two seemingly random topics, my camera's histogram and our country's political landscape, into one post. The other day I was explaining how a camera's histogram works to a student, when I realized I could have also been describing the ways we view the … Continue reading What my histogram has taught me about our political problems
Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats 07-28-2012 Figuratively speaking, of course. I regularly shoot Sacramento River Cats baseball games for Sacramento Press. The River Cats are the MILB AAA team that feeds the Oakland A's. The baseball park is located at Raley Field in West Sacramento and the park has a little … Continue reading I took a knife to a gunfight…and lived.