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To EV or not to EV

In Standard by Patrick

Lets face it. Light is king when it comes to photography. There are literally thousands of different ways we can manipulate the light using modifiers and such, but what about one of the most simplistic ways that is already built into the camera. The exposure compensation button. All makes have this, but why is it important to photographers. You paid …

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Gear Review: Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Camera

In Gear Review by Patrick

In the search for an upgrade for my wife’s point and shoot camera, a friend recommended the Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless camera. After looking at the specs on this camera, I decided to go with it and surprise her. At first she was not crazy about the interchangeable lenses, but that faded quickly when she began playing with it. The …

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History and Photography

In Aviation by Patrick

As a a kid, I loved watching history with my Dad. One of my dad’s favorite things to watch were documentaries on World War II along with all those Hollywood movies depicting war heroics. My favorites were always the movies where they talked about or showed the dogfights in the war birds. This really cemented my love of aviation and …

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Generating composites

In Aviation by Patrick

One of the things that I like most about photography, especially my aviation photography, is the ability to take those images and recreate something that is historically accurate in the form of a composite. Simply seeing historic war birds in flight is exhilarating enough, but taking those pictures and compiling them into a dogfight or naval battle is really fun. …

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Sharpness Series Part Three: Use Live View

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

This tip is actually one that I could have put in my “Sharpness Series Part Two: Settings in the camera” post, but thought it warranted a separate entry given some of the confusion around Live view mode. I have heard and read some people say that Live View is just for tourists and people who don’t know how to use …

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Sharpness Series Part Two: Settings in camera

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Sharp shots are usually pretty essential in photography. Of course there are times when you want a creative blur or effect, but the majority of the time, sharpness is king. Tripods are the best to ensure a tack sharp image, but what if you cannot use one or don’t have one. There are things that you can do at the …

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Sharpness Series Part One: Proper Handholding

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

One of the most common questions that I find coming into my inbox is the question of “How do you get consistently sharp images? A very valid question and one that I asked as well at some point as I become more serious about the craft of photography. The first step in the process, irregardless of whether you shoot a …

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Best Photography blogs

In General Stuff by Patrick

So in keeping with my previous post of “Where do you get inspiration from“, I thought that I could continue that with a post that lists some of the best photography blogs, not ranked in any particular order. Now, depending on the genre of photography you are interested in, your list ma differ, but these are some where I find …

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Where do you gain inspiration from

In General Stuff by Patrick

Inspiration can come from many different things and at any time. I am often asked where I draw my inspiration from and I wanted to share with you where I get my inspiration. I am somewhat of a daydreamer and my inspirations come from all over the place, so when I am asked that question it forces me to think …

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Wild Lights

In Standard by Patrick

Imagine 1.5 billion lights illuminating the night. Lights strung everywhere and in different colors and shapes. Each year our local zoo hosts this fundraiser called “Wild Lights” so named because it is at the zoo and many of the light displays are in the shape of various animals. It is always held in winter and this year with the unusual …