Yes? You should protect it. Protect that lens by installing a UV filter (or a ‘skylight filter’ that has a slight pink cast to it). They are not very expensive and will prevent your lens from getting scratched or, worse yet, broken. If you scratch or break the UV filter, you will be out a few dollars. But if you break your lens, it’s easily in the hundreds of dollars.
In addition to physical protection, the UV filter may help your photos by filtering UV light. The UV filter filters – yes, you guessed it, UV light. What is UV light? It is the light from the sun at the upper part of the spectrum. No, you can’t see it with your eyes. But, yes, that camera of yours can see it just fine. And what does nasty UV light do to your photos? It makes them hazy if you are using a film-camera. It increases “purple fringing” or chromatic aberration. By using a UV filter, you will decrease haze (film cameras) and decrease “purple fringing” (chromatic aberration).
Everybody wants sharp and focused photos. You can get good sharpness near to far in a photo by hyperfocal focusing, but what are the limits of sharpness of your lens? At what aperture (f-stop value) will you get the sharpest photos? This is also known as the “sweet spot” of the lens. Here is a simple test you can do to find out where your lens is sharpest. But first, some basic rules…
General Rules for Lenses
The rules are about the same for every lens. Here are the general ones: Continue reading →
With the software for image processing and the cameras available today, is there any reason why someone would not apply copyright information to their photos? Why, yes, yes there is — it’s called “oversight” and “stupidity.” For as easy as it is, there really is no excuse not to apply your copyright to your images. Protect them. They’re yours.
I use Lightroom software to import and touch up my photos, and there is a provision for applying copyright information to the metadata of your image right at the point of import. I simply fill in the field that applies metadata and save it as my own preset. When the photos are imported from my camera into Lightroom, the copyright notice is automatically applied.
Light is everything. Everything. Light is everything to a photographer. Light is more important than the subject. A good subject but bad light = a bad photo. Good light wins every time. Continue reading →
This is a short video that shows some of the capabilities of OnOne Perfect Photo Suite. In this video, I show how a photo of a pelican with a bunch of distracting stuff in the background can be improved. Continue reading →
“Storm light” is a special kind of outdoor lighting that occurs usually just after a storm has passed. The atmosphere is usually full of small particles of dust, rain, and ice, and this creates a unique coloration of the sky and land. It is one of the best, most difficult, most dangerous, and rarest of times to shoot landscape photos. Continue reading →
Vimeo is a video hosting platform similar to YouTube, but with much better video quality. I have started putting my videos on Vimeo because the user experience is so much better. True, there are not as many hits as on YouTube because YouTube is much more popular, but as a photographer I want the best picture quality in my videos. That better video quality available on Vimeo means I need to render or export my videos with the settings that work for Vimeo.
Many people have never even heard of “bit depth” so they don’t know what it means to them and their photography. Even if you have heard of it, maybe you don’t fully understand it. I didn’t, at first. Here’s what I have learned: Continue reading →
Believe it or not, it is very important to keep those instruction manuals that came with your cameras. With the complexity that is inherent in almost every high-end digital camera sold today, it is nearly impossible to master all features of your camera right out-of-the-box, or even years later (as in my case). Continue reading →
To Re-work or Not to Re-work? That is the question.
Times change. Your expertise and the capabilities of your photo editing software do too. They improve. You can do more with a photo today than you could 6 months ago. But should you go back and re-work those “old” photos?
The only thing keeping you from dropping that expensive digital camera of yours is the camera strap. Whether it is a hand strap or shoulder strap type, you had better have it on your camera if you want to avoid an expensive repair. Here are some recommendations:
Choosing a focusing mode (also called AF Mode) for your camera can be confusing. Very confusing. It’s not something you’re going to want to be thinking about when you’re ready to shoot, that’s for sure! Here’s a simple explanation for some common focus modes and how I use them. Continue reading →