I’ve always recommended to my students and new photographers to stop the chimping. Recently, I put myself in a situation making me rethink my stance on chimping…somewhat.

Platinum Processing Plant and Cactus

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, “chimping” is the act of looking at the camera’s LCD screen after every image for a little shot of gratification. It refers to chimpanzees gathering around to look at a new discovery.

I assume chimping provides your brain with a little shot of dopamine, the chemical you get as a reward. And while it may give you a good feeling, chimping is also a distraction. For just a few seconds after making every image, you are not paying attention to what’s going on.… More

DSLR vs Mirrorless Camera

If you are in the market for your first serious camera, you have probably noticed two avenues to go. The traditional Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras or the new Mirrorless cameras. Maybe you’ve had DSLR cameras in the past, and have been considering the switch to a mirrorless systems? I was in your shoes a little over a year ago. After doing exhaustive research, I chose to switch over to mirrorless cameras. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in photography.

I became interested in mirrorless camera systems several years ago after reading many articles written by photographers I respect.… More

Tis the holiday season again. Lot’s of parties to go to. Lot’s of family and friends to visit with and talk to. Lot’s of great food to eat. As the officially, or unofficially, appointed photographer, it has fallen upon you to document the event for the historical archives. Since you are the one family member that always has a camera in their hands, you are the chosen one everyone will expect to make photos. But that’s okay. If you are like me, photography is a labor of love. It’s a part of you that happens as naturally as breathing. Personally, I enjoy making the photos more than I do the party or event itself.… More

Do you shoot with more than one digital camera? If so, when was the last time you checked the date and time on each camera?

Oh, how I can mess up!

JoJo, a western lowland gorilla at Brookfield ZooI recently went to the zoo with my family for a day of relaxation, and photography of course. When I’m out shooting, I typically carry two bodies with me, one body with a long zoom and one body with a short zoom. My day at the zoo was great, although tiring. I captured nearly 500 images and didn’t break anything, always a plus.

After getting home and downloading my memory cards into Adobe Lightroom, I quickly discovered that all of my images were out of order.… More

Wikipedia defines Bokeh (pronounced boh-kay) as “the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image.” Bokeh is also defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.” Bokeh in of itself, is not a bad thing. The problem, as I see it, is when bokeh becomes the subject of the photo. Or more percisely, when bokeh becomes more important than the main subject of your photograph. At that point, it’s nothing more than a gimmick used solely for the purpose of catching the viewers eye. The photo itself has little to no value. It’s weak. So, even though the photographer has caught the viewers attention, there’s no sustenance to the photo to hold their attention.… More

Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared)Did your Nikon DSLR stop working while you were using the Infrared Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control? Don’t worry…it’s normal.

After setting your Nikon camera to Remote Control Mode using the Shooting Mode button or dial, the camera will start actively searching for an Infrared signal. That active search uses additional battery power.

In an effort to conserve battery power, Nikon has set your camera to end Remote Control Mode automatically after no operations are performed for a selected period of time. Typical Nikon default settings can be one or five minutes depending on which camera model you own. It can be real annoying.… More