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Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and taking a peak.  Now I never claim to know everything, or be perfect, or even being able to spell!  I work really hard to not only be a good photographer, but have a personal connection to my clients and understanding what they want (especially when they might not know).  In addition I love to help others improve their own pictures.  Let's face one can afford a personal photographer to follow them around 24/7 (but if you do know someone give them my name!). 

My blog has a collection of advise, current photo experiences and the personal updates.  My new 2012 series (TT- Tipsy Thursday) is a combo of all kinds of questions I've received, things I've seen & even those mistakes I've made in my years of shooting.  I'm ALWAYS in need to know what other people want to hear about, so please email me with ANY suggestions.  Again thanks for stoping by and hopefully you enjoy!

Thursday, April 26 2012
 Tipsy Thursday #15

I have to admit I'm not the best on treating my cameras & equipment with the best of love.  Memory cards can be the holders of some pretty important pictures and there are a few tips to keep them from deciding to die on you!

  1. Remove your cards from the card reader after your done downloading pictures.
  2. Make sure when you remove them the window is closed on the computer and if there is a light that blinks on your reader, make sure that's stops first.
  3. Turn the camera off when removing and inserting the card.
  4. Don't handle the card at the contact area and keep from getting dirt/sweat/just plain grim in the contact area.
  5. Format your cards regularly.  If you don't know how...look in your manual for instructions. 
  6. Think of your card like your camera, it has sensitive parts as well.  Extreme heat/cold, moisture and abuse will only shorten the life span.
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Thursday, April 19 2012
 Tipsy Thursday #14

Shooting at night can give added drama and add interest to the most common of things.  I'm not giving tips on shooting people at night...this is for none moving subjects.  First thing when doing night shots is HAVING A TRIPOD.  If you don't have one...don't bother.  You will be shooting for very long exposures and the simple actions of breathing will kill the shot!  

Next is picking the best conditions; you want a bright moon (3/4 or more), either none or very few clouds are best, very calm winds is key to not moving the items being photographed and your camera, then the temperature needs to be not too hot but not so cold (seam off of water or sewers are not good), and especially where I am, not too humid (this can give lens fog and foggy weather).  Now when you go to take the shot the best thing is a shutter release (they're cheap so if you are at all serious it's a GREAT investment).  This is a device you attach to your camera and when you hit the button it fires the you don't touch the camera at all.  This is very key to not moving the camera for your night time shots that are very long.  But if you don't have this, put the camera on self timer and wait for it to fire.  

Lastly is a few setting tips, just because it's at night doesn't mean you need a high iso.  In fact use a very low iso, that's the whole reason for the tripod, let that help get enough light and use the low iso to get the best detail and least amount of noise (that pixilated/snowy look).  Lastly take your F-stop to around F/5.6 to allow a good amount of light into the camera.  Now start playing!  Shooting at night is a bunch of fun and can make even a normal tree into something dramatic...

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Thursday, April 12 2012
 Tipsy Thursday #13

UV filters are a simple glass cover you screw on to the end of your lens.  There are all kinds of filters you can add, but this does nothing to enhance your image...just protect the vulnerable end of your lens.  There is a big debate with photographers about using UV filters on their lenses.  One side of the debate is by putting this simple filter on, you protect the lens and in fact your large investment.  If something hits the end, you loose the $20 item and not the $2000 item.  But the other side of the debate is the quality you are getting by shooting threw the UV filter.  Some photographers think your are sacrificing the quality of the $2000 lens by putting on a cheap $20 protection you might never need.

Here is my two cents...I get scratches ALL the time on my sun glasses and I can't afford to buy new lenses like I
 buy sun glasses!  Maybe if I was shooting high fashion shoots and have assistants assigned to secure my equipment I would be able to get away from a UV filter.  However I'm only human and I shoot very active kids/pets and will use that protection on all my lenses!!

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Thursday, April 05 2012
 Tipsy Thursday #12

If you read my last post this is a follow up to keeping your camera as clean as possible to limit the cleaning needs.  First thing you can do is put silica gel packets in your camera bag, this will help pull moisture from your camera.  Just make sure you change them out, they stop working after awhile.  If you have a camera that you change lenses for, you must protect the internal sensor.  First make sure the camera is off before changing the lens.  Then don't change the in bad situations (windy, dusty, wet).  Have the lens ready and change it with the camera upside down.  Then take a blower to the lens end to remove any dust issues right before you attach.  Dust particles on your cameras sensor can cause spots on your pictures, so be careful to keep this very clean!!

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