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Tripods Aren’t For Shooting, They’re For Waiting

_djc7021Okay, now that I’ve got your attention, of course tripods are for shooting. But the most under-appreciated advantage of a tripod isn’t when you’re shooting it is when you’re waiting. For any type of wildlife photography and many sports there can be long periods of waiting patiently and then a quickly unfolding moment of drama. You may only have a second or two to react and get a shot of the peak of action. If you need to pull your camera up from your side, aim, and shoot, then no matter how fancy you’re camera strap, you’re skunked…. Read more »

Going Inside The Photographer’s Mind with Michael Freeman

Freeman deals with difficult topics like using shapes, lighting and leading the viewer's eye into the image as typified by this Namibian Sand Dune Photo. Image Copyright David Cardinal.There are a lot of great “how-to” books on photography, including some of our favorites like Joe McNally’s Hotshoe Diaries and Moose Peterson’s Captured, but there aren’t many good ones on the elusive subject of composing photographs—which is where much of the true art lies in photography. One of our favorite authors on this subject is Michael Freeman. An accomplished photographer in his own right (his photographic studies of Cambodian temples in Ancient Angkor are still the high-water mark of temple photography) and prolific author, we’ve recommended his excellent The Photographer’s Eye since it was first released. Now he has another ground-breaking book that pushes the topic further into how photographers think about composition with hundreds of examples covering dozens of topics in The Photographer’s Mind… Read more »

Digital Star Trails: A Step by Step Guide posted

For those eager to start making their own digital star trails I've posted a step by step guide along with some sample images I made during a recent trip to Joshua Tree on the B&H blog site, bhinsights.com. You can read the whole article online.

New Book on How to Use Flash: Hot Shoe Diaries

March, 2009: Joe McNally has another awesome book out revealing dozens of his hard-won secrets on how to make the most of your Nikon flash units. Joe is perhaps the best all around photographer I've ever met and certainly an uncontested wizard with flash units.