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Anatomy of a photo #4: The Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise


I often feel silly taking pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge… It’s been photographed so many times, by so many people (likely it is one of the most photographed object in the bay area), at so many different times of … Continue reading

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Practice panning so that you can get smooth crisp movement


Now that SLRs are video capable, it becomes necessary to practice more skills. One that can be especially useful is panning. First, whenever possible use a tripod. You will have more control and a smoother result. The actual speed of … Continue reading

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Focus on the eyes: Anatomy of a photo #2


Lesson #1 to taking a picture of a child. Get down low. Be on their level don’t take pictures of the tops of their head. Lesson #2 is to focus on the eyes. This is true of almost any portrait. … Continue reading

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Avoid clutter in your images now. Don’t rely on Photoshop later


One of the simplest things a person can do to improve their images is to look over the scene where they are shooting, before taking the picture. The things to keep your eyes out for are wires in the air, … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #1: Tomales Bay reflections


This is the first in a new series I am starting on the blog. Every few days I will post a “Photo of the Day” and explain how I captured that particular image, what I was thinking as I tried … Continue reading

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Use presets if you have them to switch between video and still shooting


For video and stills you want to use two very different shutter speeds. Often when shooting stills, it is best to have the highest shutter speed you can while maintaining the aperture and ISO that you want. Not so for … Continue reading

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Don’t let your photos sit in your camera


One of the most important things to do when taking pictures is to not leave the pictures on your camera for months, before viewing them on your computer. This is especially true when you are first learning a new camera, … Continue reading

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Simple tips for kayak photography


The first time I brought my camera on my kayak with me, I was a nervous wreck. I was worried about getting my camera wet, dropping it in the water, dumping myself in the water AND getting the shots I … Continue reading

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Don’t forget to twist your camera


There are times when I get so focused on what I am taking a picture of, I don’t remember that I can simply rotate my camera ninety degrees and I will have a very different image, that will sometimes be … Continue reading

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The weather’s not so nice. Guess it’s time to grab my camera.


There’s a storm out there. It’s foggy and grey. The winds are blowing and I can hardly stand up straight. These are all excuses for the “normal” person (read non-photographer) to stay indoors. For those of us who suffer from … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo: How do I photograph an otter eating a fish?


I can only answer this question by explaining how I got high definition video and 20+ megapixel images of a North American River Otter this past weekend. The first key factor was, well, luck. I was kayaking in an area … Continue reading

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What to bring in your kayak


When I head out kayaking to take pictures, I am often paddling alone so as to be less intrusive to the wildlife. There are some items I find indispensable to kayak photography, but also being alone on open water, often … Continue reading

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