The Language of Seeing… by Bryan F. Peterson

Your camera and lens(es) are a foreign country and speak a language all their own. Until you are willing to learn the language your lenses speak, fluently I might add, your attempts at picture making will require constant translation. The road to speaking and seeing fluently is made much shorter when you put the language of your lenses to work, week in and week out. Here’s how…


Planning A Personal Project

Sometimes as photographers we loose momentum or find ourselves in a rut lacking creativity or motivation, or worse, both.

Other times, we need to commit to practice a particular skill but lack the discipline to do so letting other things in our lives take precedent.

These are the best times to start a personal project. You’ll find it will improve your photography, and might help you move past your comfort zone or broaden your skills so why not plan yours now and get started.


Helpful Hints for Capturing Fireworks!

Re-posted from previous post

Photographing fireworks can be great fun.  Since the biggest and best displays come around once a year on Independence Day, make the most of the opportunity by following these helpful hints!


Apps to Help Plan Your Photo Shoots

Today’s photographers have access to an incredible amount of information by way of Apps making it easier to be in the right place at the right time to capture the best light.

There’s a world of apps out there but here are some of our favorites that help us plan. Give them a look and see which work for what and how you like to shoot.


10 Tips For Perfect Panning

Panning is a fun way to imply speed and movement and give a totally different look to an otherwise plain and ordinary scene. As your subject moves across an area, you follow it with your camera using a slow, steady, sweeping motion and fire a shot (or several) to capture them against a blurred background.

Enjoy these 10 tips to perfect your panning.


What Is Street Photography?

Researching an article on Street Photography I came across this article by Eric Kim. It’s an enjoyable read and brings up some interesting points about the topic.

Since Eric shares this as an “Open Source” and encourages sharing as a way to educate, I decided to share it with you and hope you find his take on the matter insightful.


Controlling Backgrounds In Macro Photography

As with most forms of photography, macro imagery benefits from having a strong main subject; a subject that stands out and keeps the attention of the viewer. One approach to strengthening your main subject is by ensuring that you background does not compete with it. A few techniques can help you better control and subdue your backgrounds.


Tips for Flower and Garden Photography

This winter was cold and snowy and lasted far too long but it’s Spring now and we have months of warm weather and colorful flowers ahead of us. We can hardly wait for the first tulip to bloom or the rose bushes to hang heavy with flowers. The season is just beginning, so here are some tips to help you enjoy many months filled with beautiful flower and garden photographs!


Tips For Choosing A Tripod

Choosing the right tripod might seem overwhelming when faced with so many options but it doesn’t have to be. Let’s look at some important features to consider when shopping for yours.

Before going any further, I’ll share a quote I heard somewhere along the way.  “GOOD TRIPODS AREN’T CHEAP AND CHEAP TRIPODS AREN’T GOOD.”


Use Winter To Prepare For Spring

We can’t wait for spring but with a few more weeks of winter to get through why not look at ways to improve our photos now so when the season is here we’ll have those tools to work with. Think of the areas that could use some improvement and whether it’s Lighting, Post Processing, Composition or Shooting, we’ve got you covered with classes that will help.


How To Choose The Right Memory Card

We’re often asked about memory cards; what’s a good brand, what does the Class rating mean, what is a good read/write speed for your camera, best practices for card handling and more. We hope this article will help clarify things.

If you’ve shopped for a memory card recently, the options can be overwhelming but with a little information, you can make a better decision and choose the card that’s best for you.


Setting Photography Goals For 2015

Now is the perfect time to review your collection of photos from last year and ask yourself what you can do to take your photography to the next level. Look at what you did well and what you can improve on, and with that information, make a few goals.


Tips for Creative Holiday Photos

Holiday decorations give us some of the best opportunities to capture festive, colorful and creative photos, so grab your camera and find some holiday magic to fill your frame. A few tips will help you tap in to the creative side of your brain for more exciting shots.


Where The Stores Are - Shopping Local This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, soon we’ll be in the midst of Holiday shopping. Whether you’re buying a gift for a loved one or for yourself, visiting your local camera store can be a huge help. Get advice from those in the know and be assured they’ll support you long after the sale. They’ll even be happy to help the person you gifted when the holidays are over.

So if you’re thinking of getting your wife her first digital SLR but not sure which to choose or you’re looking for a tripod for your son but are overwhelmed with the options or simply need a few stocking stuffers, let the folks at your local camera store help.

Already know what you want and don’t want to leave the house? No problem! These stores offer online shopping and offer free shipping. So this Holiday Season, keep it local and support your nearby camera stores. Find one near you listed here.


Notes from Nature Visions iPhone Photography - Get Inspired Presentation

​Thanks to all who attended Marie Joabar’s iPhone Photograrphy - Get Inspired presentations at Nature Visions. As promised, here are the notes from it.