Up close and personal

Today we continue with a lesson on candid portraits, that is, portraits shot outside of a portrait studio. In this situation you have two choices: shoot tight on just the face and shoulders, or shoot wider to allow some of the environment to show. Tighter is good when...

Terrifying words — ‘Manual Mode’

What’s with this manual mode stuff when we have a camera that does perfectly good auto? There are times when you are going to want to override your camera’s settings for shutter speed and aperture — and they are directly related to each other. I...

Still movement

Last time we talked about using your camera in manual mode and the relationship between aperture and shutter speed. Reiterating — aperture controls depth of field and shutter speed is important for stopping movement — or not stopping it. Sometimes you want...
Movin’ on up (to a digital SLR)

Movin’ on up (to a digital SLR)

You love your point & shoot digital camera but now you yearn for something more. A camera that offers more versatility and interchangeable lenses. A camera that lets you get closer to wildlife than the zoom on your small digital. Perhaps you want to shoot birds...

Faster shutters for fast wings

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to take a workshop with noted bird photographer Bob Steele during the Kern River Preserve’s Hummingbird Festival. The Weldon location is one of the premier birding areas in the country and I wanted to learn how to...

Why, oh why? Some questions answered.

Today we are going to address some questions from a friend in Bakersfield. Thanks Linda! Q: Why does it take so long for my camera to fire when I push the button? A: Digital cameras have a nasty little problem with slow shutter release times. From the time you “push...