An Exercise in Paranoia – Martin Bailey and His Data Backup Strategy

September 16th, 2013 by Martin Bailey


Today I’m going to walk you through my data backup strategies at home and in the field. This is in response to a listener question from someone that heard me talking about this briefly on This Week in Photo. I should precede this with the disclaimer that I’m perhaps a little bit paranoid with my backups, but I should also add that I’ve never lost an image in 18 years of digital imaging, and that includes scans of slide film from way back when.

Macro Fun

September 9th, 2013 by Clay Cook

 IMG_6459 Red Gerber Daisy

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The Creative Flow And How To Find It In Landscape Photography

September 6th, 2013 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

Canon 1DS Mk III, f/8@1/160 sec, ISO 400, 24mm (EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM), Manual, No Filters / Processed in Lightroom 5

Have you ever thought about how competent you are as a nature photographer? Or whether your competence in one area is limiting you in another area? Say for example you’re really comfortable with editing your images, so comfortable in fact that you pay less attention to composition or camera technique.
In this post I want to explore competence, and see how that can be use to help you improve your vision and your craft.

Tons Of Fun Photographing Oil And Water

September 5th, 2013 by Mike Moats

I’ve seen many images posted in various websites of mixing oil and water and always thought they were really cool images. For what ever reason I never took the time to photograph oil and water. So I finally decided to take some time and give it a go. Here is how to do it with simple basic household items.

What’s needed

1) Clear glass pie dish or clear baking dish.
2) Cooking oil
3) Water
4) Multi colored photo, fabic, wallpaper, etc.
5) Two tall drinking cups
6) Butter Knife

I fill the clear glass pie dish with about an inch of water and add maybe a half cup or oil. I used a stool to set up my system on, but a small table will also do. The two tall drinking cups are placed underneath the pie dish at the outside edges to support the dish. You can see below the pie dish I have a print of one of my fall multi colored leaves. You can use fabrics or wall paper, that has lots of colors. I set up inside next to a window for lots of light, but you could do this outside as well.

Making Creativity a Habit

August 30th, 2013 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

Cades Cove, Smoky Mountains
Canon 1Ds Mk III, f/5.6@1/125 sec, ISO 200, 90mm (EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM), Manual, No Filters

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” – Pearl Buck

CamRanger: An Essential Tool For Capturing Creativity

August 28th, 2013 by Clay Cook

When I first heard of the product CamRanger in October of 2012 in New York City at PhotoPlus Expo I was immediately intrigued.

I don’t actually own a laptop, so tethering to an iPad tablet has been a long awaited process with trial and error. My first experience was with the Eye-Fi Wireless SD Card; a memory card you place in your camera, the card transmits a wireless signal and supposedly you connect to that signal source, boom, your tethered. Except it didn’t really work. Even set to low-res JPEG, transfer times were grossly long. Also, conflicting signals would constantly kick the connection. Among the many times I tried to make it work, it actually performed as it should, twice.

When I saw the CamRanger and all it could do, I was severely skeptical. However, I couldn’t help the excitement.

Photo Tip: Motion Blurs

August 22nd, 2013 by Steve

One of the things I like to play with especially when the light is not all that great is creating motion blurs. I do this by intentionally dragging the shutter (shooting at a slow shutter speed) when shooting a moving subject. What this does is allows any subject movement to register as a blur in the final image. This not only gives the image a nice sense of movement but it also lends a beautiful painterly effect to the shot.

Optrix Review – iPhone Photography For The Active Lifestyle

August 20th, 2013 by Clay Cook

GoPro cameras with their underwater housing units have really revolutionized the world of film making and consumer video. Never before has there been a more fun waterproof and rugged system, although a little pricey. Now a company called Optrix has created waterproof and heavy duty housings for your iPhone, letting you shoot like the GoPro, using a camera you already have! Taking it a step further, Optix features mounts and even interchangeable lenses for incredible footage. As you may know, the Apple iPhone 5 has nearly the same capabilities as the GoPro camera, including recording in full high definition 1080p.

We’ve been really excited to break out the Optrix gear ever since we stumbled onto the product. Once everything arrived, I put the Optrix XD5 Case to the test, a quick underwater test.

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Review

August 13th, 2013 by Troy Eckburg

The Think Tank Retrospective line just got better. If you are considering purchasing a bag in the near future, this should make your short list. Think Tank introduced the Retrospective 7 which fits comfortably between the 5 and 10 but is distinct enough to stand on its own.  In case you were a little tired of the Pinestone and Black colors – no worries – because Think Tank has produced this bag in Blue Slate which reflects a denim-style hue.  A chic look on the streets will provide multiple opportunities to catch a hipster salivating over your bag.

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Review

Nightvision – A Timelapse Of Europe’s 27 Most Iconic Architectural Landmarks

August 9th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Everyone can appreciate a well executed timelapse and Luke Shepard hasn’t fallen short here. Over the course of three months, Luke traveled to 21 countries and 36 cities to create a capture the gorgeous timelapse of Europe’s most iconic man made architecture. This is Nighvision.