Category: Tutorials

Can you use your Leica M camera and lenses in the rain and near the beach?

This question is one that I’ve been pondering as we enter the rainy season here in the Puget Sound and as I plan for an upcoming trip to Maui. If you read various forums and blogs, you’ll see some people saying that the Leica M240 and Leica M262 have weather sealing. However, Leica doesn’t have ...

Canon 5DS and 5D Mark IV Micro Focus Adjustments

A vlog entry about micro focus adjustments with lens recipes. These settings may or may not help you, but these are the numbers I settled on. Micro Focus Adjustments Canon 5DS and 5D Mark IV Micro Focus Adjustments Canon 24mm f/1.4L II +9 Canon 35mm f/1.4L II +8 5Ds / 0 5D Mark IV Sigma ...

Terrible Customer Service Problems we’ve all had, and solutions (Comcast, Verizon, Amazon, etc.)

Problem #1 — English as a secondary language. As an American, I expect customer service representatives of American companies to communicate the same way I do. As American’s we have a certain tempo to our speech, a unique dialect, certain colloquial expressions that we use, and we should expect the customer service of major corporations that we ...

How to easily organize your wife’s / husband’s photos

This article has been written with Vanessa’s permission. If you’re like me, then your photos are neatly organized and backed up. Here’s how I do it: Everything is organized into folders using Lightroom. Each photo in my Library has been carefully selected and the ones that didn’t make the cut have been deleted. The photos ...

Photo workflow as of 12–30–2015

I’m always looking for an easy and fast way to get the colors, contrast, cropping, and toning to look just right for any particular set up images. Quite often, I shoot RAW+JPEG and just post the JPEGs. A lot of the time, the results are quite nice. However, just editing the images from the RAW ...

Fake Followers

I blog for a few different reasons: Fun. Share what I’ve learned Show off my photography and to become a better photographer. To get feedback and learn from others. Become a better writer. The nice thing about blogging, is your content is out there for the world to see. However, it’s hard to get noticed. ...

I don’t use UV filters.

With regards to UV filters, it’s a long debated issue. Here are three pro viewpoints on the issue. 1. Matt Granger talked about this today on Facebook. 2. Here’s The Camera Store’s own Chris Nichols discussing lens hoods. 3. Lastly, here’s a video from DigitalRev where they too discuss using a filter vs going without. ...

Getting cool music for your amateur video projects is tough — assuming you want to keep things…

Getting cool music for your amateur video projects is tough — assuming you want to keep things legal. Recently, I did a video for the karate school that I attend and really thought that Kennedy’s song “Karate” would be awesome for the video. So, I took a chance and emailed the artist on Facebook and asked his ...

There’s nothing wrong with shooting JPEGs.

Far too often on photography forums, websites, tutorials, and articles, photographers downplay and even make fun of shooting JPEGs. It’s become a badge of honor to only shoot RAW format photos. Of course RAW photos give you more editing leeway, but you can get some lovely results of you learn the ins and outs of ...

Cut the cable! DVRs are a scam! I miss my VCR!

Cut the cable! DVRs are a scam! I miss my VCR! Back in my day we could record any TV program that we wanted to. We had unlimited storage, could watch one channel, record another, pause, rewind, fast forward, skip commercials, and share our recordings with others. We could go into nearly any department store ...

“The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You” — Chase Jarvis

What a great quote! The other night, our three year old Anya was taking her bath. I was hanging out in the bathroom to make sure she was safe. She was laying there in the water with her dirty little face poking through the suds, so I had to grab a picture. This was shot with ...