Category Archives: Michigan Photography Training

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

What Camera Should I Buy?

  I often get asked “What Camera Should I buy?” People get frustrated when I tell them “It depends”. There are so many factor that play into the decision it is impossible to quickly tell someone what camera to buy. Factors to take into consideration include: How a person plans to use their camera How… 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

Artificial Lighting opens doors to creativity

Most photographers only ever work with natural light or on-camera flash. Meaning they shoot with the light they find outdoors or in their homes. I have taken many of my favorite images in natural light to be sure, but learning to take control of light and craft an image is an incredibly rewarding experience. This… Continue Reading

Filters Matter! or Why you need a good polarizer

Every photographer should have a circular polarizer. It removes glare from reflective surfaces such as water, glass and canvas. In the examples above and below I adjusted the polarizer to maximum effect, then turned it until there was little or no effect. The difference is substantial. The glare in the image below would be very… 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

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

How to buy a tripod

Tripods come is a dizzying array of colors, sizes, materials, and price points. This is the first in a series of articles intended to aid in the process of choosing the right tripod for you. How do you begin to wade through all the choices? I would start by giving consideration to your budget. A good tripod will… Continue Reading