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Good Enough Defeats Great

It’s been fascinating as an observer watching the disruption and transformation of the camera industry. As a photographer in the middle of it, it hasn’t always been fun. Around 2000 I bought a Canon Powershot pocket camera to take on vacation and the bug hit hard....

Hate your battery charger? Switch to USB.

I have long hated the battery chargers that come with most cameras. They're big, bulky, expensive to replace, usually quite slow, and their user interfaces are inconsistent and inscrutable -- does that flashing LED mean it's charging, or is it done charging? Or is...

First trip of the season to the San Luis area refuges

You can see all of the images from this trip on Flickr. I decided to make my first trip out to the refuges in the San Luis NWR system this week. It's early -- I normally don't make my first visit until early November, but I wanted to see how the refuges looked, and I...

First impressions of the Fuji X-T2

I took the X-T2 out for its first photos yesterday to a favorite spot for this kind of testing: the sewage settling ponds on Radio Road in Redwood Shores. This is a great place for this kind of work because I can guarantee both close and distant birds, birds in...

Reprocessing old images… Two Examples

A basic fact of a photographer's life: you go looking through your image collection, and you see images that make you think I can do better than that. What I normally do is flag them with a rework keyword for later review, but sometimes you just need to sit down and...

Photographing Otters in Morro Bay

(You can see all of my Morro Bay Sea Otter photos on flickr). I don't know about you, but my tendency when I travel to a place with my camera is to see how many locations and situations I can cram into the trip. I think too often the result is I don't cover any...

When the camera fights back

I've been in one of those phases where everything I do with a camera sucks. You might notice that my images from Yosemite consist of (a) an afternoon spent with a nice cooperative coyote and (b) some pictures of Yosemite Falls, taken out the window of the SUV while...

New Toy: Epson SureColor P400

I have a new toy. I have been going back and forth on this since Thanksgiving, but finally gave in and got myself the new Epson SureColor P400 printer. This is replacing my now retired R2880. This device is currently about $600 on Amazon but as of today comes with a...

Fall is coming

This morning I read the first report of Sandhill Cranes heard flying south over the Sacramento area. Our winter visitors are starting to arrive -- and in case anyone is wondering, this is a few weeks early, but given the weird weather in the western region, nothing...

You are a real photographer

One of the seemingly endless arguments going on online is people trying to define who is and who isn't a "real photographer". It's my turn. Do you own a camera, or something like a phone that takes pictures? Do you take pictures? Congratulations, you're a real...

Printing your Work

I’ve written in the past a number of times that I believe photographers should own a printer and get in the habit of printing their own work. If you only view your images online, you’re going to miss a lot of subtle detail and images that look fine on the screen will...

Some Thoughts on Lightroom Keywords

For most photographers, adding keywords and other meta data to their photos is a necessary evil. Many of us prefer to take photos, and putting in the time and energy to describe them during post-processing isn't -- fun. So we tend to do a minimal job of it. The...

Outfitting the Digital Darkroom

Photographers love to talk about camera gear -- almost as much as they seem to enjoy buying it. Lenses, bodies, bags, tripods. And without a good camera kit, it's difficult to take good images consistently. Photographers show a lot less enthusiasm for their digital...

Road Trip 2014: Yellowstone in the Spring

Lots of people talk about and keep bucket lists. Some of them are huge and clearly unattainable by any mortal. Others are short and simple. They can be a fascinating insight into a person, or simply a random list of shinies that caught the eye of a magpie one day....

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