Category Archives: Photography

Let’s Talk About Tripods

I am happy to share that my first article at Digital Photography School has been published. For my first article at dPS I wanted to write about a topic that many photographers are interested. However, I wanted to do it in a very different way.

So I went for the tripod topic as a start. Instead of just talking about what tripods are or providing a review of a tripod, I decided to write about the many differences in tripods and how some can work better for certain situations like landscape photography, portrait photography and more.

Here is a preview of the first paragraph. (don’t mind the strange characters as something was going on at their website when I grabbed the screenshot).

talking tripods at dPS

After the article as published a few comments were submitted about monopods and bipods because I did not mention them in the article. I do not use either so I can’t really comment on them anyway.

But I wanted to dig a little deeper into my own tripod setup. So I recorded this video to show you my workhorse tripod.

As mentioned, the tripod I use for the majority of my professional work is from Really Right Stuff. It’s a heavy-duty, yet lightweight, carbon fiber tripod made in the USA.

However, also as mentioned I use a 3 Legged Thing tripod as my always on hand ( throw in the back of the car) tripod. I also have Manfrotto and Promaster tripods which are used when teaching.

If you have any questions about my setup please comment below to ask. Please also check out the article over at Digital Photography School to learn more about tripods.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,

Scott

Exploring New Territory

I recently spent a day wandering around New York City with my friend Gevon.  We met up with Quentin of fotoclasses at Brooklyn Beans Roastery, talked for a bit and then kept walking and shooting.

One of the beautiful things about walking around places you spend little time at, is that feeling of seeing and experiencing something for the first time. It’s like growing up all over again.

For example, tasting an amazing maple coffee or getting down low on cobblestones and then come across what you see in this photo.

Graffiti in the streets of Brooklyn. the Brooklyn Bridge, beautiful light and so much more.

Exploring New Territory

While Brooklyn may not be the same without my friend Brian around, shooting around the area makes for an awesome time.

After spending some time in the area, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge towards Manhattan and then continued towards Animoto for a meetup that night. It was during our Manhattan part of our day that we happened upon another story.

It’s not too often where I find myself speechless. However, Gevon and I we happened upon Jay Maisel’s building. If you don’t know, Jay has photographed many iconic images including the cover of the Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue”. We walked to the front of the building and Jay was going inside. The introvert in me was in true shock and the only words that I could get out… “Hi” and eventually “Jay”.

Fortunately Jay is a nice guy and the interaction wasn’t as awkward as it could have been.

Jay Maisel's Building

In addition to learning a lot of unrelated information at the meetup at Animoto’s offices, I also learned that no matter how old you are, you can still be speechless when you meet someone you admire.

Explore new territories. Even if you think you’ve been somewhere, you may not have really been there. Things change, people move, stores come and go.

So keep exploring.

Scott

Should I Crop In Camera Or In Post Processing?

I received a question from a reader and thought it was an interesting one. So I decided to share the question and my answer in a video here on the blog.

I shoot with Canon 60D. The ratio is 2/3 which makes 8×12 the best size when I have my pictures printed at a lab. How do I get an 8×10 photo without cropping? Some venues want only 8×10 pictures and I lose so much of my photo. Are there camera settings to change the ratio when shooting? Is there software?

Basically, the photographer wants to not crop photographs, but knows that is has to be done for certain clients.

My suggestion is to visualize the scene as a 8×10. Practice that, rinse and repeat. One way to ensure that a photograph has enough room for cropping is to simply take one step back.

That means if you are shooting with a 50mm lens, take one step back to get more space surrounding the subject. If you are using a zoom lens, and already zoomed in, then wider up a bit to get more space surrounding the subject.

To visualize the difference between an 8×12 and an 8×10 photograph, open your photo editor and add the crop marks on various photographs, like I did in the video. Keep doing it over and over until you can visualize it in camera.

Some cameras have the ability to crop when capturing the photograph, however I do not recommend that because those same cameras could permanently crop the photograph. If that happens then you, the photographer, will not have the ability to use the 8×12 version of the photograph later on.

I hope that is help. Thanks for reading and happy shooting,
Scott