Review: Why the Hoya HRT CIR-PL Circular Polarizer is a Winner

Hoya HRT CIR-PL UV box

The Hoya HRT CIR-PL UV filter is a winner in my opinion. It has both the polarization and UV protection, but most importantly it does not cut down on the light reaching your camera sensor as much as many of the others. Together with its low cost, I think this is the filter every photographer should own.

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Taking Great Fall Photos

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Fall Photography

Fall can be an incredible time of the year for photography. With vibrant fall colors of orange, red, yellow, brown, and green, these are the ingredients for some stunning photos. There are a few steps you can take to maximize your photo’s potential and get even better shots. Continue reading

Review: Comparing Circular Polarizing Filters – Hoya HRT CIR-PL UV vs. Singh-Ray LB Warming CP

Hoya HRT CIR-PL UV filter

Hoya HRT CIR-PL UV filter

Singh-Ray LB Warming Circular Polarizing filter

Singh-Ray LB Warming Circular Polarizing filter

Comparing Circular Polarizers

I have two circular polarizing filters in my camera bag that seem to perform about the same…but do they? I did a simple test with my camera to find out. Here’s how they compare:

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Camera Lens Filter Effects You Can’t Get From Post-Processing

Software can do a lot to post-process your photos, but it can’t do everything. Sometimes, you just have to use a filter on your camera to achieve certain photos. Here are what filters you will absolutely have to have on hand in order to get those shots! (click to tweet) Continue reading

Toning Down Photos

Sometimes a photo will have just too much of a particular color (color cast) or overall too much color such as from a polarizing filter. The Singh-Ray LB Color Combo filter sometimes does this to my photos and I have to “tone them down” in Lightroom. Here’s what I do to achieve more pleasing color in these types of images: Continue reading

How to Photograph Flowing Water

Click to ViewWhat’s the correct way to photograph flowing water (waterfalls, streams, oceans, etc.)? It turns out there is no correct way – it depends on who you are and what you like!

In my photographs, I like to show what it would look like if I were actually right there looking at it. I want realism. I like that. So I usually shoot water so I can see almost every drop and ripple – a snapshot in time just as if I were there. But, that’s me.

The overwhelming majority of people like to see water as a blurred, fuzziness without drops or ripples. I’ve heard it termed “silky” or “flowing.”

No problem, I’ll show you how to do both:

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Video: Using a Lens Cover

Using a Lens Cover is my latest video showing how a lens cover works and how it can prevent damage to a camera lens.

Using those little spring-loaded lens caps that come with most camera lenses just don’t work when using screw-on filters. They don’t fit. The better bet is with lens covers and this video will show you the kind that I use and even a tip on how to use them!

P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it! 

Video: A Basic Trick With the Circular Polarizer

Maybe you already do this simple thing, but in this short video I show you my trick and how it can save you some considerable cost and damage to your polarizing filter!

P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it! 

Video: Safely Removing a Filter

“Safely Removing a Filter” is my latest video showing how to remove a screw-in type of photographic filter from the lens of a camera.

Besides showing how to safely handle a filter, it also shows the benefit of having a lens hood.

P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it! 

Video: Changing Lenses

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Changing Lenses on Your Camera is my latest video showing how to change from one lens to another on a camera.

This is a really basic video and changing lenses is really a basic thing, but I hope with this I could show you some techniques that I use to not only change the lens, but keep it from getting dust or scratches on it.

I liked making this video partly because it is so basic, that I really had to stop and think about each step I would normally take naturally without thinking. And changing lenses in a car can be somewhat tricky in itself!

P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it! 

Video: Installing a Filter

Installing a Screw-in Type of Photographic Filter Onto Your Camera is my latest video showing how to apply a screw-in type of photographic filter to the lens of a camera.

While basic, this video shows how to do this relatively simple procedure step-by-step and in a somewhat inconvenient location — in a car.

I hope you will enjoy watching this as much as I did in making it!

P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it!

Photographing Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons

Here’s what I learned about photography from my recent trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons!

I went there on vacation in mid-September, and it was the perfect time with the crowds gone and the elk running all over the place. The foliage was still green in low lands, but turning in the high lands where it had just frosted.

Before leaving, I was really wondering what gear to take to get the types of shots I wanted. So, I took everything I had. But here are the items that I really used, so maybe you won’t have to take so much stuff. Continue reading