Photography Lighting

When we talk about photography we really can’t leave out one important component “LIGHT”. I know you are yelling, “You can shoot pictures with no light!” We would be talking about another form of photography.

When we talk about light I like to classify photography lighting into three categories.

  1. Natural Lighting (Sun)
  2. Available Lighting (Room Lights fall into this category.)
  3. Artificial Lighting (Flash, Continues)

When you begin to take pictures you need to learn in steps about lighting. Remember as with anything you need to crawl before you walk and you need to walk before you can run. Learn to shoot with each lighting style that you have.




Truth About Nikon Pricing

I receive hundreds if not thousands of emails and phone calls from everyone in almost every walk of life. The question I keep getting over and over should I buy one of the cheaper Nikon cameras?

This is the simple facts and I just talked about this yesterday. You get what you pay for and this holds true with camera gear.

I have been shooting Nikons for well over a decade now and I understand how they make their cheaper cameras. If you buy one of the low cost models which would be like the D5200, D5300, D3000 or really any of the lower cost line you will pay more money later. As my partner at work always reminds me companies are not in business to loose money. The reason these cameras will cost you more money in the long run is that they all have one thing in common. They all have no internal focus motor. So what does that mean? The focus motor has to be in the lens, which in turn makes the lens cost twice as much as the prosumer camera models.

The D80. D90, D7000, D7100, D600 and D800 all have a focus motor built into the camera body. This allows you to select many brands of lens and for a lot less. We could go on and on about why these camera are cheaper but I really don’t have the time now and you may not want to read all of the facts?

Will these cameras take nice pictures? Of course they will but remember these are just a little yes just a little better then a point and shoot camera. These are cameras that are steeping stones to get to the pro based cameras or at the very least the prosumer grade of cameras. Also if you start with the prosumer camera line the second list; your lenses that you buy will stick with you as you grow into the pro camera line. If you have the cheaper models your lenses can go with the camera and you will have to buy all of your sizes once again. If you have any questions of comments I would like to hear from you. Use my voice mail line in the upper left.


Photo Backups

I get asked this question at least a hundred times a day. What is the best way to backup my pictures? My response is best way to backup pictures is the way that you select. Let me clarify this a little; as long as you are backing up in some way it is better then not backing up at all.

I am very over protective of my pictures and other data that I am creating on my computers. Being in the field for so many years now I have found that hard drives even as good as they are can break down. I never want to chance all of my kids memories to one internal hard drive.

Never wanting to push anyone to any one backup solution I will give you my work flow and you can be the judge on how you want to backup your memories.

First I store all of my work on the local computers internal hard drive. Next every night I have my pictures and documents copy from my main drive to a 2 TB external drive, I also have a 3 TB external drive that runs Time Machine backups which is a Apple product, if you have a Mac turn this on. Time Machine may run several times a day; as you work on files it keeps taking the changes and coping them to the external drive. The last part of my backup plan is my online solution. Every night my pictures and documents are uploaded to a secure storage site on the Internet. I always say if you come home and your house is no longer standing most likely your backups on your desk on gone also. Look at the online solutions.

I hope you will begin backing up today. Because bad things can always happen to good people and a computer can take a dive anytime.