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Focus Stacking – What is it?

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Let me preface this article by saying that that there is no magic formula for this. Often you may take a d few as three shots or as many as 20 to achieve the desired affect. It can be a lot of trail and error. Lets start by answering what focus stacking is. This technique is used to extend the …

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Fine art B&W

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

One of the things that I enjoy doing with my family is visiting zoos. This lends itself to photography as the subjects, some of which you may only get to see in a zoo setting, are ready to be photographed. I have blogged about our love of zoos before and talked about things like shooting through the glass and the …

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Battery Saving Tips

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Probably without a doubt the most important piece of equipment you take with you on a shoot. Our relay on the power in all types of weather and want it last as long as possible. Here are few tips that will hopefully keep your battery running strong.   Don’t Overcharge Don’t leave your lithium ion batteries after the light shows …

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Exposing for snow

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

This is question that I get asked or emailed quite a bit during this time of year. Here in the Midwest, we are just beginning our 5 months of winter which usually runs from mid November to mid March. Winter photography can be absolutely spectacular, but how does the camera see winter white. Honestly, like any other bright white. Anyone …

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My recent corporate portrait shoot

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

I was recently contracted to shoot about 30 corporate portraits of staff for the purpose of updating there website. This was the fist time that I did a shoot with my Profoto B2 lights. They were great to work with and worked flawlessly. I chose to go with reflective umbrellas simply for ease of setup and making the gear lighter …

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Speed Up Adobe Lightroom

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Last year Adobe unveiled a new feature enhancement in Lightroom. One of the big features in the update was support for graphics processors (GPU) in order to speed things up in the Develop module. Adobe claimed that some users would see up to a 10x performance increase with the GPU helping the CPU out. I have not found that to …

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Camera Profiles make a difference

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

Making a good picture starts at the point of capture and in camera. One of the things that you can do whether you own a Canon or a Nikon is get familiar with your camera profiles. Both have them and you can set these prior to taking going click. Once that is done, and you are in our post processing, …

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Longer focal distance for less

In Tips and Tricks by Patrick

As photographers we all want the big sexy lenses that can reach out and pull our subject closer. The reality is that for a great many of us, the price point of these lenses just doesn’t allow us to drop that kind of money. By means of an example, the Nikkor AF-S 600 f/4 lens is $12,500 USD. Phenomenal lens, …

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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 …