Review: The Tough Camera I Take Everywhere Without Fear

olympus_v104160bu000_stylus_tough_tg_4_digital_1127859

I worry about damaging my cameras. Who doesn’t? But I finally found one that I don’t fear taking anywhere I go. The Olympus Tough camera. It beats the GoPro hands down in my opinion. Here’s why: Continue reading

Advertisements

When to Use a UV Protective Filter on Your Lens

2009-05-24_20090524-DSCF0273-550337825-O

… Because a Protective Filter Can Be Your Friend … or Enemy

There are only a few times when I want to use a protective filter on my camera lens, and here’s why:

Continue reading

Copyright Your Photos

cropped-istock_000002336235medium.jpg

Why Copyright? Why not?

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.

In-Camera

Continue reading

Should I Watermark My Photos?

To watermark or not to watermark, that is the question. Often it is a good idea to put your name on the images you place on the internet – especially if they may be re-shared or, worse, stolen. Although theft is less likely that you think, it still happens and a benign way to prevent that and gain some peace of mind is through watermarking. Here’s how I do it and a few alternatives…

Continue reading

Wet Weather Shooting Photos – Dealing with Rain, Mist, and Fog

Shooting in the rain is never fun. Period. But, sometimes it is unavoidable. You travel miles and miles to get to some national park or take a boat to see marine life in the wild, and it rains. Or there’s fog. Or there’s that insidious mist.

Don’t sweat it though – there’s hope, and you can shoot photos just fine in the rain and fog if you have some basic accessories and some common sense… Continue reading

Flashlights for Outdoor Photography

When out taking photos, every good photographer has a good flashlight with them. If you’re a time-lapse or night photographer, it is essential equipment and a red light in it is best for the eyes (not reviewed here). But every outdoor photographer has a need for a good flashlight during those “golden hours” before sunrise or after sunset when the best photos can be taken. And, as a safety item, it’s invaluable!

I’ve used a few different flashlights over the years, and have settled on the following ones as the best and brightest!

Continue reading

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