Category Archives: From the road

Expose for the Highlights; Develop for the Shadows

I started in photography in the late 70’s. I was taught early on to expose for the highlights and then develop (print) for the shadows. The same principles hold true today in the digital era. If you over expose your highlights you will irrevocably lose detail in the brightest areas of your image. I pay… Continue Reading

Fundamentals of Exposure

I recently announced a Fundamentals of Exposure workshop for March 12th.   I have some great examples of why this knowledge is so helpful. We had a big wet snow fall yesterday, so I went out this morning to capture the snow capped trees. My first shot (shown above) was woefully under exposed, so I… Continue Reading

Dragging the shutter

By slowing down your shutter speed (1/15sec) you can get some very interesting motion into otherwise static images While in Washington DC last week I was able to get out one morning with my tripod for some early morning photography as the city came to life. I am increasingly drawn to longish exposures. For at… Continue Reading

The value of experimentation (Get out and play!)

I spent much of the past few days in the woods in West Branch Michigan with the Mud Chuggers 4×4 club at their Annual Sno Blind event. I have been attending and photographing the event for several years. The main attraction to off-roading for me is the opportunity to get out the woods and experience the… Continue Reading

271 Seconds – Streaking Clouds

I have been experimenting with extreme time exposures. This image was shot in early October while driving to Drummond Island. I used a 10 stop neutral density filter and the resulting exposure worked out to be 271 seconds. The extremely long duration allowed time for the clouds to “streak” across the image. The tree also… Continue Reading

Want to improve? Get out there and play.

I teach numerous people in a variety of different ways. I often hear “there is so much to remember…how do you do it”? The same way you manage to drive your car everyday without incident (hopefully). You do it repeatedly until muscle memory takes over. Have you ever rented a different car when you travel? The… Continue Reading

Raw vs. JPEG…my take on the situation

As I sit watching it rain, I found myself wishing for a nicer day. I decided to find a fun image of better times. Thus the picture above, from a wonderful day in Savannah, Georgia. So what does this have to do with my topic RAW vs. JPEG? Well let’s see. Let me take a moment… Continue Reading

Another fine day with the Easter Bunny

We had another fun Easter photographing families with the star of the day…The Easter Bunny! We love event photography.  The looks on the kids faces when they meet the Easter Bunny is just amazing. Of course there were a few tears, but for the most part, their faces just light up when they turn the… Continue Reading

Architectural Photography in Detroit

Earlier this week I lead a group of photographers in an Architectural Workshop in Detroit. We had expected to start in the main branch of  The Detroit Public Library, and then walk around the DIA and Wayne State area. Well the library proved to be a treasure trove of photographic opportunities to such an extent… Continue Reading