Monday, October 26, 2009

Slowing down your camera's battery drain!

Nikon DSLR BatteryI don't know about your digital camera, but my Nikon D-200, a DSLR, seems to eats up its battery charge too quickly. That's one of the major reasons I have a vertical grip on my camera. The grip allows me to use two batteries at a time, doubling battery life.

Today's digital cameras, whether DSLR or Point and Shoot units depend upon batteries to power the camera and its variety of moving parts and electronic circuits; no battery charge, no photos.

You should be aware of what you can do to extend the life of your camera’s battery. I also recommend carrying a spare battery at all times when taking photographs.

Photography Exhibition: The Museum of Photographic Arts - Picturing the Process: The Photograph as Witness

Picturing the Process: The Photograph as WitnessThe Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA, continually has great photography exhibitions. Picturing the Process: The Photograph as Witness is particularly interesting. If you’re in the San Diego area in the next few months, don’t miss this exhibition. I’ll be there in December.

The exhibition will run through February 6, 2010.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Basic Composition 001

Neptune Pool at the Hearst CastleThe best photos taken are the photos which are carefully planned.

Even while traveling, when we’re often rushed, when we’re preparing to go to the next site, or the next destination, taking the time to plan the current photo will produce the best photo of the current scene.

Sure, planning each photograph means setting the proper exposure, getting the focus right, and ensuring other technical aspects of the photograph, such as white balance, are as desired, but making a great photograph goes well beyond that.

Making terrific travel photographs, or any photographs, requires a well thought out composition. Carefully select your precise image and its design, order and presentation of the image’s subject matter to grab the viewer’s attention, and help them understand the photograph’s story.

Photography Exhibition: The Museum of Modern Art - New Photography 2009

New Photography 2009MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, has exhibitions displaying some of the most interesting trends in contemporary photography. New Photography 2009 is one of those intriguing exhibitions.

This exhibition will run through January 11, 2010