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The Blue Hour – Take better pictures at night

Have you ever wanted to learn to take better pictures at night? Here is the biggest secret: there is a very narrow window of opportunity for shooting amazing images of lit architecture at night called “The Blue Hour”. This is really a misnomer because it is not even close to an hour, but more like about 20-30 minutes where the sky is this amazing blue color from the suns light still illuminating the atmosphere after the sun has passed below the horizon. The blue hour happens approximately 15-30 minutes after the sun officially sets. Using an app on your smart phone you can calculate the time when this is expected to happen for any given day. Read more The Blue Hour – Take better pictures at night

How to Make a Sunburst

After my wife and I returned from our Disneyland vacation one of the images I shared on social media prompted a lot of “how did you do that” questions. A perfect opportunity for another teaching point. In this post I will show you how to make a sunburst without using Photoshop or other software. Read more How to Make a Sunburst

You Spin Me Right Round

It is fun to get creative even when taking “snapshots” and that is when photography becomes even more rewarding.  Amusement and Theme parks are full of amazing opportunities for images and last year my wife and I visited Disneyland without the kids (Hence the BIG smiles). I always strive to take some fun pictures that require you to get outside of the Automatic or Program modes. Read more You Spin Me Right Round

Double Take: testing a camera feature.

Welcome to my first “Teaching point” article.  In this series I plan to post a new photo and provide the camera settings and a detailed description of the how and why for the image.  It is my hope that this will help aspiring photographers to see the photo process and inspire them to experiment and grow as photographers. Read more Double Take: testing a camera feature.