Category: Shooting

Video call quality: webcam vs iPhone vs DSLR

Want to look better on video calls? Yes, you do, and it's not difficult! I've just published two articles for @reincubate that compare webcams, iPhones, and DSLR/mirrorless cameras, and offer tips for improving your calls.

PhotoActive Episode 57: Remote Triggered

It’s time to step away from your camera. No, not put it away for the holidays—we’re talking about triggering the camera remotely! In the latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast, Kirk and I talk about various ways to trip the shutter from afar, such as using an Apple Watch to control the Camera app on ...

PhotoActive Episode 47: Jeff Shoots an Event

The latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast is all about my experience as the event photographer at the CreativePro Week 2019 conference in Seattle.

PhotoActive Episode 41: Bird Photography with Marie Read

The latest episode of the PhotoActive podcast is up! We’re excited to welcome Marie Read, author of the book Mastering Bird Photography (Rocky Nook), to the podcast. She talks about getting started with bird photography, where to find interesting birds, and, yes, we necessarily talk a bit about gear, since a good telephoto lens is ...

Fun with Depth Map Photos

When you shoot a Portrait Mode photo on an iPhone, the camera generates a depth map, which is a representation of which objects are closer or farther from the camera’s lens. Apple uses that depth map to identify the background in an image and add simulated blur to give the effect of a shallower depth ...

Pike Place Market Photo Workshop in April

[Update: We had a great time shooting and editing photos at the market. I’m currently working on scheduling the next one. Interested? Send me an email to help me figure out the best date!] I’m leading a one-day photo workshop on April 21 at Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market, and a few spots are still ...

Lady Bird Johnson Grove Bridge

Two years ago today, I stood under a canopy of fog at the Lady Bird Johnson Grove of redwood trees near Orick, California.

Tulip Trekking in Skagit County

Not being a morning person doesn't stop me from trekking an hour north to shoot the sunrise at the Skagit County Tulip Festival.

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New Book! Aurora HDR and Aurora HDR Professional: A Photoversity Guide

For years when I’ve been out photographing landscapes, I’ve dutifully shot bracketed exposures: three or more images that represent light, dark, and balanced views of a scene. The advantage of brackets is to combine them later into a single HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo that includes more detail than what a camera sensor by itself ...

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New Article: Get Out There and Shoot

It’s the new year, are you making photography resolutions? (Besides 2048 x 1365 or similar, ha ha.) My editor at Lynda.com asked if I had any New Year’s article ideas and I was excited to write this one: “Want to Be a Better Photographer? Get Out There and Shoot.” I know, I know, it sounds ...