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Nature Photography Day in Rock Creek

June 16, 2020 - Very pleased to be part of this year's Nature Photography Day events in the DMV by contributing, along with several othe...
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Featured in an Article on Next Avenue

June 15, 2020 - I was honored to be featured in this article on individuals who start businesses later in life. My business grew out of...
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Intro to Exposure Metering Modes for Beginners

October 16, 2019 - Have you ever photographed a special moment and had it come out way too bright or dark? Maybe a snowy day looks gray in...
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How to Price Photographic Prints | The Ultimate Guide

October 15, 2019 - I just had to give a client a price for an order of photographic prints. How in the world does one come up with an amoun...
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The Ultimate Guide to Price Your Photography | From Beginner to Pro

October 14, 2019 - How to price your photography? People like your work and want to buy your photography services. Great! How do you decide...
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How to Read Your Camera Histogram and Dramatically Improve Your Photos

May 15, 2019 - Light meters in modern cameras do a wonderful job with exposure, but they will sometimes lead you astray. You can check...
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Top Five Things Event Photographers Must Teach Their Clients

April 16, 2019 - If you’re shooting an upscale wedding managed by a professional wedding planner, or if you’re shooting a corporate event...
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The Best Guide To Understanding Hyperfocal Distance

April 16, 2019 - Imagine yourself out in the wilderness at sunset, with a wall of moss-covered rocks in the foreground, an elegantly shap...
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What is the focal length of an iPhone Camera and Why Should I Care?

April 15, 2019 - In order to get the most out of your smart phone camera, whatever the brand, there are a few things you should know, one...
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How to Use Focus Stacking to Obtain Tack Sharp Photos

April 15, 2019 - Here’s a dilemma that frequently confronts photographers: how do you get everything in a photo tack sharp. What if there...
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Photographing Kids: 5 Tips for Making Commercial Clients Happy

April 14, 2019 - Photographing children is difficult, even under the most favorable circumstances. Kids move around a lot. Their expressi...
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15 Tips for protecting your gear from the Weather

November 23, 2018 - Imagine a trip of a lifetime to Iceland. You’re at the imposing Seljalandsfoss, a 200’ tall waterfall that you can walk...
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Six Questions to Ask at a Photo Exhibit

November 23, 2018 - Everybody knows that you can learn from looking at the work of great photographers. The question is: how? Do you simply...
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Top 5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Photo Workshop

October 31, 2018 - You’ve saved the money and saved up vacation time to take a photography workshop. Whether it’s a day or a week in the fi...
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Why does a camera flash make noise?

October 31, 2018 - Have you ever wondered why a flash unit makes noise? No, not the kind of noise you get from low light or long exposure s...
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Can a Camera Flash Hurt Your Eyes?

October 31, 2018 - Have you ever wondered whether the flash from a speedlight or a studio strobe could damage someone’s eyes? After all, th...
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Five Good Reasons to Hire a Photography Guide

August 22, 2018 - Do you really need to hire a photography guide when you travel? After all, you know how to do the research. You use Goog...
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Photo Editors on a PC: Windows Photo Gallery vs five free options

August 21, 2018 - Are there free photo editing programs out there that will fill in for Lightroom and Photoshop (or On1 and CaptureOne)? M...
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Photo Editors on the Mac: The built-in editor vs five free options

August 21, 2018 - What are the best, free alternatives to Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop if you’re using a Mac? If you’re just starting out...
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Dual Pixel Autofocus: What is it and what cameras have it?

August 20, 2018 - Canon introduced phase detection dual pixel auto focus (DPAF) in 2013, with the EOS 70D camera, calling the technology “...
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Don’t Be That Guy: A Guide to Ethical Nature Photography

June 26, 2018 - You don’t want to be that guy. The one who goes off-trail, trampling vegetation. The one who’s feeding the wild animals...
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Zeroing In:  5 Tips to Find the Subject for Your Composition

June 13, 2018 - Ever come back from a beautiful location and find yourself disappointed in your photos? The culprit might be your compos...
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What is AE / AF Lock on an iPhone? (And how does that help my pictures?)

June 07, 2018 - The camera in your smart phone is a remarkable piece of technology, but it’s not perfect. There are times when you must...
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What is AE-Lock on a Camera?

June 06, 2018 - What the heck is AE-Lock? What does it do? Is it something I should be using and, if so, when? This article will cover t...
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Teaching Photography: 5 Things You Must Consider

June 05, 2018 - So, you think you can teach photography? It's not as easy as it sounds. Let’s take a look at the opportunities, the chal...
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7 Great Photography Documentaries with a Message

April 05, 2018 - My wife and I were recently watching a documentary about two photographers collaborating on a fascinating project. It go...
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5 Tips to Prepare for a Photo Workshop

April 05, 2018 - You’re looking forward to going to a workshop and coming back with lots more photography knowledge and some killer image...
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What Photographers Need to Know About Insurance

April 05, 2018 - There are many reasons to have some kind of photography insurance and just about as many insurance products. Some polici...
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Four Ways Negative Space Can Improve Your Photography

February 22, 2018 - Space is one of the primary design elements in art (along with line, color, form, shape, texture and value). The thought...
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How to Get Started in Conservation Photography

February 06, 2018 - As photographers, we have a special appreciation for the landscapes, buildings and animals, as well as the people and cu...
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10 Stores to Buy Cameras from, and Which Is Best

February 06, 2018 - So, you’ve been scrimping and saving for that new camera/lens/tripod/must-have-gear and now the money is burning a hole...
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Top 10 Tips for Photographing Intimate Landscapes

February 06, 2018 - Put photographers in front of a gorgeous landscape and we’re happy campers. We’ll drink in the beauty of the grand vista...
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How to Fix a Sticking Tripod Leg or Joint

February 05, 2018 - Tripods just might be the most abused gear we photographers own. We take them out in bad weather, stick them in mud and...
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Doing Photography While Traveling for Business

February 05, 2018 - You have a business trip coming up and you want to take advantage of being in a new town by planning some photography wh...
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An Introduction to Blending Modes in Photoshop

November 28, 2017 - Blend modes may be one of the best kept secrets in Photoshop. It’s easy to miss them in the Photoshop workspace but, if...
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A Beginner’s Introduction to Layers in Photoshop

November 27, 2017 - Layers are one of the most powerful features of Photoshop. If you’re not using them, you’re missing out on a lot of what...
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How Much Does a Professional Camera Cost?

November 02, 2017 - The focus of this article is on how much a pro camera body will cost and the short answer is between $3,000 and tens of...
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How to Set the F-Stop on a Camera for Any Photo

October 18, 2017 - The f-stop, or aperture, is one of the key camera settings every photographer must master because it controls two critic...
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How to Process Your Moon Photos and Make Them Look Stunning

October 17, 2017 - You were out half the night getting great photos of the moon. They look fantastic on the screen on the back of your came...
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How to Photograph the Moon and Make it Look Stunning

October 16, 2017 - A full moon is coming and you’re all excited about going out to photograph it. What do you need to know to make sure you...
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Top 10 "Hidden" Photo Spots in Washington, DC (or any city)

October 16, 2017 - Hello and welcome to Washington, DC! I was born here and love this town. As a visitor, of course you’ll take the typical...
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PHOTOSHOP RESOLUTION SETTING: A COMPLETE GUIDE AND CHEAT SHEET

September 26, 2017 - The resolution of a camera sensor is different from the resolution of a monitor which is different from the resolution o...
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ETTR, ETTL AND ISO INVARIANCE: WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

September 26, 2017 - In any type of photography, getting the right exposure is important. But, is the best exposure one where the histogram i...
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HOW TO FOCUS ⅓ INTO A PHOTO FOR DEEP DEPTH-OF-FIELD

September 26, 2017 - If you’re a landscape photographer, you’ve probably had someone tell you to focus 1/3 of the way into the scene. It’s on...
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HAIDA FILTER SYSTEM: IN-DEPTH REVIEW

September 26, 2017 - The Haida filter system gives photographers one more choice in the competitive photography filter market. The company ma...
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THE ULTIMATE PACKING LIST FOR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

September 26, 2017 - It’s time to start packing for that once-in-a-lifetime photography trip or family vacation. There are plenty of gear lis...
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SHADOWS VS BLACKS SLIDERS: HOW THEY AFFECT PHOTOS DIFFERENTLY

September 26, 2017 - Lightroom’s Basic Panel in the Develop module and Adobe’s Camera Raw controls have a series of sliders with deceptively...
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