Photographing The Falcon’s Amazing New Stadium (and why my full post isn’t ready)

Yesterday I got the opportunity to fly up to Atlanta to photograph the Falcon’s incredible new stadium with Michael Benford and the wonderful Falcons photo crew (this was the debut regular season home game for the Falcons in their new stadium, and the Falcon whooped the Packers, so it was quite a night!). The shot you see above, which shows the light streaming into from the retractable roof in the center of the dome, was actually taken with my iPhone using Portrait mode (thanks for the tip, Kalebra). The lens used in the shot you see on the back Continue reading "Photographing The Falcon’s Amazing New Stadium (and why my full post isn’t ready)"

An Open Letter About Sexism, Feminism, and the Industry That I Love So Much

My name is Susan Stripling, and I’m a wedding photographer based in New York. This is an open letter about sexism, feminism, the industry that I love so much, and everything in between… I have been a wedding photographer since 2002. I was 24 years old when I started my business. I took out a loan to start my business. A small one. I remember the man at the bank talking to me like I was a child when I was setting up the paperwork. He told me that if it didn’t work out, I could always “stay home
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What Makes a Photograph or Print Fine Art? (Podcast 589)

Today I’m going to share my thoughts on what makes a photograph or a print “fine art”. This is something that I’ve seen various takes on, and frankly, nothing I’ve read over the years really resonates with me personally, for reasons that I’ll explain.
The impetus for today’s episode comes from a comment on my recent post about The Balance Between Healthy Learning and Analysis Paralysis. Listener and workshop participant Glady Klip asked the following question.
Nowadays you see so often the term ‘fine art photography’ and ‘fine art printing’. I was wondering what exactly is the definition of ‘fine art’
Dahlia #3
Mount Asahi Trees
Jewel on the Shore
Kussharo Lake Tree
Iceberg Details
Shadow on Trees at Dune #35
Fine Art Print Border Dimensions
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Paying for Poses

I’ve been there hundreds of times. We all have, I’m sure. We’re prowling the streets in an unfamiliar land and there they are, right there in front of us. A local character, personality oozing and dressed just how you’d ask a model to if you were epitomising the destination. You want to take a photo, right? But what’s the etiquette?! Do we pay? Do we ask? If we ask we break the element of surprise which affords us that reportage, candid shot. But what if we want to use the photo? We need a release in many circumstances so we
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Would You Risk Taking Your Camera Underwater (Much Less a RED)? Devin Graham Shows Us How

Taking your camera underwater seems like a very big risk to me – and maybe I'm just a very conservative guy (but then again, I've taken my DSLR on water rides at Six Flags and ruined a lens so maybe I should learn!), but our friend Devin Graham shows us the extreme risk by taking his expensive RED underwater. Especially if you watch the video and hear how Devin ruined TWO DSLRs within 2 days with bad underwater housings. But as with many things in life, he's learned by experience and found gear that he trusts – and that's the
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Would You Risk Taking Your Camera Underwater (Much Less a RED)? Devin Graham Shows Us How

Taking your camera underwater seems like a very big risk to me – and maybe I'm just a very conservative guy (but then again, I've taken my DSLR on water rides at Six Flags and ruined a lens so maybe I should learn!), but our friend Devin Graham shows us the extreme risk by taking his expensive RED underwater. Especially if you watch the video and hear how Devin ruined TWO DSLRs within 2 days with bad underwater housings. But as with many things in life, he's learned by experience and found gear that he trusts – and that's the
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The Perfect Lens for Travel Photography

Above: me traveling light in Italy’s Dolomites – minimum gear packed into a minimum sized rental car.  Recently I’ve had a flood of emails, texts, Facebook comments, direct messages — you name it — about which is the best lens to use for travel photography and so I thought I’d tackle that here today. The lenses I’m going to recommend (it’s really just one lens, but you need a variation of it depending on whether you’re using a Full Frame body or Crop Sensor body) I came to fall in love with the hard way — by traveling with
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Be Ready with Custom Shooting Modes (Podcast 588)

Today we’re going to look at a feature that is on most cameras but often overlooked, and that is the Custom Shooting Modes, which enable you to quickly change many of the settings of your camera with the flick of a switch.
In last week’s episode, I touched on the importance of not fumbling with your camera and overthinking the technical details in order to be more in the moment as you make your photographs. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that technical accuracy and being deliberate is important, but we have to get so comfortable with how our
Canon EOS 5Ds R Mode Dial
Canon EOS 5Ds R in Auto ISO Mode
Canon EOS 5Ds R Auto ISO Range
Canon EOS 5Ds R Minimum Shutter Speed
Canon EOS 5Ds R Minimum Shutter Speed - Auto
Canon EOS 5Ds R Registering Custom Settings
Canon EOS 5Ds R Custom Settings Auto Update
Canon EOS 5Ds R Both Manual Modes
Canon EOS 5Ds R Info Display
Steller's Sea Eagles at Dawn
Canon EOS 5Ds R Auto ISO Exposure Compensation
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It’s Here! Moose Peterson’s Incredible Book on Aviation Photography: ‘Takeoff’

It’s one of the most long-awaiting books of its kind, and we’re so excited it’s finally here (and in bookstores right now), it’s Moose Peterson’s ‘Takeoff: The Alpha to Zulu of Aviation Photography’ — an incredible book designed from cover to cover to help you create amazing photographs of airplanes, on ground or in the air, and tell the amazing stories surrounding them through your pictures. First, check out the book’s official trailer (below), from Moose himself: Here’s the book’s description from the back cover (but if you can’t wait any longer, here’s a link to order yours now on Continue reading "It’s Here! Moose Peterson’s Incredible Book on Aviation Photography: ‘Takeoff’"

It’s Here! Moose Peterson’s Incredible Book on Aviation Photography: ‘Takeoff’

It’s one of the most long-awaiting books of its kind, and we’re so excited it’s finally here (and in bookstores right now), it’s Moose Peterson’s ‘Takeoff: The Alpha to Zulu of Aviation Photography’ — an incredible book designed from cover to cover to help you create amazing photographs of airplanes, on ground or in the air, and tell the amazing stories surrounding them through your pictures. First, check out the book’s official trailer (below), from Moose himself: Here’s the book’s description from the back cover (but if you can’t wait any longer, here’s a link to order yours now on Continue reading "It’s Here! Moose Peterson’s Incredible Book on Aviation Photography: ‘Takeoff’"

Hands On With The New Nikon D850! Will I Switch?

The Nikon D850 was announced last week while I was in Phoenix for a business trip and I apologize for not providing coverage. But, that also gives me time to catch up and tho there are a ton of blog posts with the exciting specs, I decided to go after some of the folks who had hands on and can provide some concrete usage info. I'd love to be able to get my hands on the Nikon D850 for a while as it seems to be a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV killer in many ways – except for the Dual Pixel
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Solar Eclipse Photo of the Decade – How’d They Make It?

Solar Eclipse Photo of the DecadeIs this the solar eclipse photo of the decade? It certainly has gotten a lot of attention and love. There are also similar attempts for astounding solar eclipse photos – make sure to see the videos below! Sadly, I was in Phoenix last week for the eclipse – even tho my house was right under the path of totality and I'd been eagerly anticipating the eclipse for over a decade. The good news is that it was worth it, but that's a whole other story (which involves future cash and the ability to travel to any eclipse location I want).
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Everyone Says the Canon EOS 6D Mark II Dynamic Range is Crap… But Is It?

Canon EOS 6D Mark II dynamic rangeDoes the Canon EOS 6D Mark II dynamic range suck? There's a lot of chatter about the dynamic range on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II but I thought I'd go do a bit of research and see what some of the folks I respect who do camera reviews have had to say about the Canon EOS 6D Mark II dynamic range. And surprisingly (or maybe not), in real world usage, there's not a lot to complain about. What you're free to complain about is that we're even talking about it and that the Canon EOS 6D Mark II doesn't have
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How to Protect Your Most Precious Photos

Happy Monday, everybody. I’m going to tackle a question I get asked a lot while out on my seminar tour, and even though it sounds like a simple one, I think it’s an important one. The question is along these lines:
Q. I’ve heard that hard drives die after a certain amount of time, and so do CDs, and DVDs, and optical drives, and all the stuff we backup our photos onto. I’m not sure there’s any storage media that lasts even for 10 years. What about uploading them to someone else’s digital storage like Google photos? Are they always Continue reading "How to Protect Your Most Precious Photos"

The Balance Between Healthy Learning and Analysis Paralysis (Podcast 587)

As creative artists and sometimes small business owners, it’s vitally important to continue to learn and grow on many levels, but I urge you to not get so caught up in technical details that you become paralyzed in the field through overthinking every decision.
I love learning new skills and continuing to hone my craft. You might have noticed that I have a relatively good understanding of photography. My friend David duChemin often drops me a line when he has something technical that he’d like describing because he knows that this is one of my stronger areas. My Craft & Vision e-books were
Gems on the Shore
Martin in Landmannalaugar
Choushi Ohtaki Waterfall
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I’ve Been Sharing Lots of Behind-The-Scenes Shots From Shoots

Mornin’, everybody! Not sure if you’re following me over on my Facebook page, but I’ve been sharing lots of behind-the scenes shots from shoots over there, along with all the lighting set-ups and camera settings. They’re really popular so far –  if you get a chance, you can check them out over there on Facebook.  Are you into guitar? Or Van Halen? Or both! :) Tonight I’m talking guitars and amps (and even a little photography), with guitar god Eric Broadbent (and btw: if you think they’re going to win any points with me by referring to me as Continue reading "I’ve Been Sharing Lots of Behind-The-Scenes Shots From Shoots"

Shooting Tonight’s Solar Eclipse, Photo Walk Update, and Other Stuff

Hi everybody – I’m back from a whirlwind trip out West – three seminars in one week (LA [seen above], San Francisco & Seattle), plus a talk at the Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa.  Had a really fun time, and met some really cool people along the way. Thanks to everybody who came out. OK, onto what’s up this week: The Eclipse is here
Hope you caught Erik Kuna’s excellent post on Friday called ‘7-tips for shooting the Eclipse’ and if you didn’t, here’s the link. Erik and Kalebra hosted ‘The Grid’ this week and their topic was photographing
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10 Predictions About the Future of Photography

How might photography evolve in the coming years and decades? The folks over at COOPH took a look at current trends and research projects to come up with 10 productions about the future of photography. They’re discussed in the 4.5-minute video above. Here’s a quick summary of what COOPH believes the future holds for photographers: 1. Stronger Sensors: Cameras will have sensors with hundreds of megapixels in resolution, extremely high ISOs for night vision, and possibly even a curved design that superior to flat ones.
2. Smaller Cameras: Future cameras may be completely flat with no moving
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