Focus Racking


With the sunsetting of my Canon 40D, and embarking on the journey to video content with the 70D, for my first sample video here of how to present video footage, I'd like to share a technique I used to fade a subject into focus. This is one of the wonderful things with video that stills simply cannot accomplish. Not only do you get the visual, but you also get the sense of the cool breeze that softly moves a flower. Read more

Spring Photo Projects

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With Spring in the air (if not already sprung), many of us are out and about brimming with photo ideas after being cooped up for a chilly winter.  What's that you say?  No photo projects brimming yet?  No problem - here's a few to get you started:

1.  The Call of the Birds: Avian photography has always been something of an art form, with many of the hard core, die hard types venturing way out into the boonies of mountains, hills, lakes, and other far-reaching places.  For the rest of us though, it's tough to find the resources (time and money) to go to the birds, so another option is to bring the birds to you!  Buy some bird feeders and see what comes!  My folks have several bird feeders in upstate New York, and every time I visit, there are birds flying everywhere.  Pine cones with peanut butter, humming bird feeders with sugar water, and even just a plain old bird bath with feed from your local DIY store can bring a bounty of birds to your doorstep!

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2.  Join a photo group: We're everywhere!  From ASMP groups to NAPP groups, Meetup groups, and WPPI, you can find groups for pretty much anything ranging from professional development, to studio lighting, and just groups of photographers that like to get out and shoot together for the love of the craft and the camraderie of it all!  I'm a member of several local groups, all via the site, and I don't have to pay a cent to participate!  (I do contribute though, just because I like supporting such efforts...)

3.  Shooting in a park:  Get some photographer-friends, family-friends, or just some friends to join you in a park.  Set up a blanket, a few light stands, and have some park-type food available:  (crackers, cheese, water, whatever).  Add an ipod with some speakers for a little music.  Offer gag prizes for people who dance, act silly, or pose for the camera.  Process the photos and post online so they can share, download, add to Facebook, Twitter, or print!  Low cost, fun, and helps to build your portfolio!

The ideas are only limited by your creativity!  Got your own ideas for photographic opportunities this Spring?  Sound off in the comments to share, encourage, and inspire others!  Happy shooting, and we'll see you back here next time!

Canon 40D For Sale Cheap!

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Goodnight Sweetheart, it's time to go!

Yes, it's come time to brush the dust off the Canon 40D and let it go on to a new owner. I've owned this for a number of years, and it's been absolutely wonderful to me. It's still got a lot of life left to give though for the right beginner, as a backup, or even as a rental if you run workshops, seminars, etc. and could use something like this. Not asking a lot - the eBay auction is starting at $250, and it includes a lot of extras:

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For anyone interested, or if you want to forward this on to anyone who might be interested, here's the link to the eBay auction: