I do not have many articles and reviews on my blog dedicated to photography equipment. I prefer to concentrate my efforts on teaching skills instead. But, you can not start learning photography without a camera. Here is my breakdown of different types of cameras to help you to make a right choice.Continue Reading
The city of Kanab is the strategic location when visiting the Southwest. It is positioned in the driving distance from the most beautiful spots of the region. You stay in Kanab and plan your day trips to Zion, Bryce, North Rim of Grand Canyon, Navajo Bridge, Lake Powell, The Wave canyon. Plus, hundreds of less known spots. While staying in Kanab you visit lots of canyons and mountains areas.
What you do not expect to see there are dunes. The Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is well-hidden spot off radars of the most tourists. I found it by accident and could not believe my eyes when I saw a big dune park surrounded by mountains and canyons.
The park has a well-maintained campground and it is a popular spot for dune sandboarding.
The Monument Valley is not part of the National Park System. It is a part of Navajo Tribal Park and as the result, it is less developed and not as well maintained as most of National Parks.
I came across this rock on the side of the road while driving the dirt roads of Monument Valley 17 miles loop. When I tried to find any information about this beautiful rock and if there was any interesting story behind it, I could not find anything, not even a name.
If somebody knows more about this spot, please let me know.
Get inspired by famous portrait photographers
A true portrait should, today and a hundred years from today, be the testimony of how this person looked and what kind of human being he was.
Originating over 4,000 years ago, portraits have played a significant role in human history especially since the broad scope of portraits includes painting, photography and sculpture. So what exactly is a portrait by definition?
A portrait is an artistic representation of a person in which the face and its expression is predominant. But, it also goes beyond that. The deeper purpose of a portrait is to display the likeness, personality and even the mood of the person.
Because of the essence of portraits, portrait photographers can teach us so much even if we don’t always share their passion for portraits. To help jumpstart your interest in learning more, I’ve compiled a list of famous portrait photographers that I feel any serious, passionate and committed photographer should know. Perhaps along the way you’ll even find a few seeds of inspiration for your own work. [Read more…]
It would be fair to say that we have all become so used to the half-press shutter to achieve autofocus that any change to this routine would seem a little strange. For those of us who remember, of course, there was once a time in photography when autofocus simply did not exist, or was at best a crude mechanism.
In this article, I will explain the benefits of an alternative to using the shutter to focus on your subject called Back Button Focus. I will outline the problems with the way we use the shutter button on cameras now and the distinct benefits of using Back Button Focus instead.
I keep working on developing my new Lightroom Collection: Black & White Presets for Landscapes. And I keep experimenting with the different type of images.
I took the featured photo at Morro Bay Creek Beach at sunset. I visited Morro Bay on may occasions and always enjoy photographing the famous Morro Rock. But, it was the first time I was at Morro Bay at sunset. I specifically book the motel in the vicinity so I could take advantage of the sunset and the sunrise.
The sunset did not disappoint, except it was so windy that by the end of the shoot I had sand everywhere, including my camera bag, every pocket of my clothes and my eyes. I did not complain.
Get inspired by famous street photographers
The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world “picturesque.
Susan Sontag, 1977
Let’s talk about Street Photography! There’s been a lot of images posted on the internet over the years that have been self-categorized by photographers as Street Photography, most of which fit into the category while others are simply snapshots with a certain aesthetic level. [Read more…]
I have never been to Hong Kong but it has always fascinated me as a potential photography destination. It is definitely on my photography “To Do” list. To better prepare for my first photography trip to Hong Kong, I asked Kevin Choi, a talented and young photographer from Hong Kong, to share his best photography spots throughout the city.
Take it away, Kevin.
Hong Kong is famous for its vibrant business culture but, it’s also a great place for photography. In fact, while the cityscape is truly stunning, Hong Kong also offers a variety of awesome landscapes just waiting to be captured.
There are many spots throughout the bustling city that allow you to easily capture stunning images. However, many of them are seasonal locations. Being a native, I can’t wait to share with you my eight favorite photography locations throughout the city as well as the best time to capture truly remarkable photos. [Read more…]
What is ISO in Photography? is next article in my Photography 101 Series. This is my attempt to cover the basic of photography in the most comprehensive and uncluttered way.
Upon purchasing a DSLR for the first time, most people are confused by the array of buttons, dials and settings on the camera. They might have read discussions or articles online that mention terms like ISO, shutter speed and aperture, but have little idea of how these factors interact in their camera to produce an image. In this article, I will provide easy to understand answers to the following questions:
- What is ISO in photography?
- How do I use ISO on a digital camera?
- How does ISO work with other camera settings?
I took the featured photo in the heart of Eastern Sierra mountains. It was the end of a two-week long driving trip through the Southwest. After driving for 3 days across deserts Nevada and the Death Valey with the extreme temperatures I could not wait to reach the mountains of the Eastern Sierra.
The last 3 days of my trip I dedicated to exploring Sierra and the June Lake was my first stop. It was a perfect morning for photography with the comfortable temperature, clear air and no people around. The only problem I faced was the boring sky with absolutely no clouds. From the very beginning, I knew that in order to make this scene to work I would have to process it as black and white.