Back Button Focusing

Back button focusing is a unique concept that is not widely understood by beginning photographers. Most of my students that ask about it do so after they read about it online and ask how to set it up, but don’t really understand how it works or what the advantages and disadvantages are. This article will discuss everything you need to know about back button focusing so you can decide if it is right for you. Read more Back Button Focusing

Mirror DSLR vs Mirrorless ILC

One question I am frequently asked is what is the difference between mirrorless and traditional DSLR cameras. There is a lot of misinformation out there, and this article is intended to clear that up. There are some significant differences between the 2 systems. Most notably is the methodology of how they work. Read more Mirror DSLR vs Mirrorless ILC

Kayaking With a Camera

When I was a boy scout we built kayaks one summer and would take them out on lakes to paddle and fish. Ever since then I have enjoyed still water kayaking, but have been without a kayak for far too many years. I recently purchased a 10-foot kayak made by Sun Dolphin and took it out on it’s maiden voyage. I decided to visit Causey Resevoir in Northern Utah this past weekend. This lake has always captivated me and I have dreamed of exploring it by kayak for years. I imagined the photo opportunities in the 2 main forks on the eastern edges are amazing, so of course I took a camera: my Sony A6000 with the 18-55mm and 55-210mm lenses.  This will recount my adventure of kayaking with a camera. Read more Kayaking With a Camera

5 “Must Have” Photo Accessories

Many photographers buy their first camera and then go out to shoot and find that they need other accessories to go with their camera to help improve their photography. Here is a list of 5 photo accessories I strongly recommend all photographers should own: Read more 5 “Must Have” Photo Accessories

New Lithium-Ion Battery Airline Restrictions

New Lithium-Ion Battery Airline Restrictions have been announced and need to be understood by photographers who travel by air. Lithium Ion batteries (Li-Ion) are used in most digital cameras and the recent changes introduced by the airlines ensure that photographers are transporting them safely when flying. Full details of the restrictions can be found by going to or checking with your specific airline directly. Read more New Lithium-Ion Battery Airline Restrictions

How to Photograph Lightning

I love to photograph lightning, but it is one of the hardest subjects I shoot. It seems like most of the time the storm has either ended or moved away when I get to a shooting location. I feel like I’m chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Read more How to Photograph Lightning

How to Read the Histogram

The Histogram is one of the most useful tools on your camera once you understand how it works. This simple graph can give you a good deal of information about the picture you just took, especially when outdoors and your LCD screen is hard to see clearly. The histogram is also one of the most widely misunderstood features of your camera, but this article will help you to understand how to interpret what it is telling you. Read more How to Read the Histogram

Fall Photography Tips

Fall is my favorite time of year for photography. Mother Nature puts on a spectacular color display that doesn’t last very long. As the temperatures begin to cool the leaves on the trees start to change into their fall wardrobe, putting on a show that can be amazing. Leaves can start to change as early as late August and can be as late as mid October depending on Temperatures, moisture and other factors, but once the leaves start to change, you can count on the show not lasting very long. Because it is so short lived, it pays to be prepared and with that in mind here are some fall photography tips to help you improve your fall images. Read more Fall Photography Tips