Why set a custom white balance? The answer is simple. To get the best, most accurate colors your camera is capable of producing. It is especially important when photographing people if you want beautiful, accurate skin tones. In this article I give you some shooting tips, answer common questions, and I cover the situations when it is preferable not do a custom white balance.
Photographing religious ceremonies is important to me. This image was captured at a communion service in Worthington Ohio. I wanted the cross on the wine tray in focus and I wanted one or two people in the background. I had to change the camera location just enough so there were some people directly in line with the cross.
Come spend four exciting days on a total immersion photo safari in beautiful southwest Colorado. Colorado is magnificent in the fall as the aspen turn gold. The safari is September 27-30, 2019. Registration is limited and this photo safari is filling up. Details are here.
Are you ready to take your nature and wildlife photography to the next level? Are you ready to learn the professional secrets that make the difference between good images and great images? Are you ready for a high intensity, action packed, total immersion photography weekend? Come to Park of the Pines on beautiful Lake Charlevoix June 7-10, 2019.
I spent a few days photographing Colorado and ended up at the Great Sand Dunes. During the day the sand is light in color, much like a light colored sandy beach. Late in the day the light hits at such a severe angle that the dunes turn almost brown.
I taught photography at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts when I lived in Michigan. One of my favorite field trips was to take my classes to the Episcopal Cathedral, even if it was a nature photography class.
It was a beautiful evening in Rocky Mountain National Park. Sirius, Orion, Taurus, and the Pleiades star cluster were shining brightly in the night sky. The sun set at 5:50 pm and I clicked the shutter at 6:43 pm. The beautiful blue sky was due to the long, 30 second exposure.
Upper Tahquamenon Falls in deservedly one of the most popular tourist locations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Another photographer and I mostly had the place to ourselves with only a few other people around. I am surprised more people don’t go in the winter.
There weren’t a lot of wildlife to be seen on this particular day in February. After the fall rut ends, most of the elk retreat into the forest. But I was lucky enough to find this group of young bulls on the edge of the forest in Horsehoe Park.
Sami Lynn and I were creating portraits for her model portfolio. With her on the floor, I arranged her hair to get as many curls as possible at the ends of the strands of hair. The rose petals were my idea. I knew the Valentine’s Day roses in a vase were about done so I plucked all the petals and dropped them on the floor and on Sami Lynn.
I’ve been to more art fairs, shows, galleries, and museums, than I would care to admit, and this exhibit is one of the most unique and remarkable I have experienced. Some people choose to make art their life, and then they pour their life into their art, sometimes quite literally. And that is exactly what Julia Franklin did with this exhibit.
This image was created on the same trip as my Snowy Owl trip. This is a young bald eagle. As it matures the head feathers will turn white and the wing feathers will get darker. This is my favorite photo for February 22.
This Snowy Owl is far and away my favorite photo for February 21, and it is one of my all time most favorite wild bird images.
What is a Snowy Owl expedition really like? This article is your chance to find out. Join me for a two day photo safari! I give you tips and photo suggestions along the way, and you get to see how I prepare, plan, and adapt on a photo trip. I tell you what went right and what went wrong so this is also about what to do when things don’t go according to plan.
If there are cold enough temperatures and plenty of snow cover on the ground, the northern United States has a winter invasion of Snowy Owls. These are magnificent creatures and well worth your photographic time and attention. This series is filled with tips on how to find and photograph snowy owls.
Lyn Marie wanted to go out and shoot in the snow. So we did. This is one of my two most favorite photos for February 20 and one of my all time favorite winter “figure studies”.
This was the second day of our photo shoot. We wanted to create the illusion that Lyn Marie was falling. She dressed in bold colors and everything else in the studio was totally black. This is my favorite image for today’s date.
Lyn Marie liked my portfolio so she made the trip from St. Louis Missouri to Ohio so we could work together. This is my favorite photo for February 18.
I have three favorite photos for today’s date. I have been photographing all these sisters since they were toddlers. If their faces look familiar, it is because they have been part of this series before.
A lot of Canada geese lived in our neighborhood in Columbus Ohio, thanks to several retention ponds. It was a regular thing for traffic to be stopped as geese crossed a neighborhood road. Sometimes it would be just a few geese and sometimes 15 or 20 or more.
At the time of this photo shoot, Ashley was an American model living in Italy. She was planning a short trip back to the states to visit family and we wanted to work together. So she squeezed a short trip to Columbus into her tight schedule. This is my favorite image for February 15.
Valentine’s Day fell on a Sunday in 2016, so we had a Valentine themed meal after church. This collage of images for that day is my favorite image for February 14.
It was a cold February day in Ohio, and I was out in the yard playing games with our oldest grandson. I love the read cap so I grabbed a camera to take a few pictures. This is not only my favorite photo for February 13, it is one of my all time favorite photos of Andrew.
The Christmas tree came down today. As much as I love having the tree up, it has to come down sooner or later.
Our Christmas tree is still up so I did some images of a few of our favorite ornaments.
If you have been following along this month, you can tell February is not my favorite photography month. In my favorite photo folder there are some dates for which I have only one photo, and some of them aren’t very exciting.
We were having lunch at our favorite sandwich place in Leon Iowa. Thanks to the cold weather the window was covered with condensation, obscuring the view of the outside and making the logo on the window stand out.
Our grandson Finn was engrossed with a kid video on YouTube. As I walked by I grabbed a photo with my iPhone. This is my favorite photo for February 6.