Winter Shooting & White Balance

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in warmer clime,s like Florida or California, car show season is just about over—except for some die-hard Cars & Coffee events. So if you’re going to be shooting in museums or collections you’re going to run headlong into the problem of White Balance. You’ve often heard me say “Light is light” but it’s not always...

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How I Crop My Car Photographs

My standard practice with most of my photography and especially car photography, is I seldom crop images after capturing them, preferring to do so in-camera in order to extract the maximum image quality from the maximum number of pixels. This is especially when shooting with the smaller sensors found in Micro Four-thirds cameras— but I make an exception to this rule for...

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How to Get the Most from a PhotoWalk

Not many people, even those who aren’t photographer’s, attended the cold and windy January Cars & Coffee PhotoWalk. And that’s too bad because you can learn a lot during a PhotoWalk but not what you might think. One of biggest misconceptions many photographer have is that a PhotoWalk is like a moving workshop but it’s not. It’s more like one of my...

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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Auto ISO

My friend Mark Toal is a big fan of using the Auto ISO setting and wrote a post for our sister blog Mirrorless Photo Tips that you can read here. I even wrote a counter-post about why I didn’t like this feature and that’s mainly because the programs used by cameras at that time favored higher ISOs (and higher noise.) But I’ve changed my mind. Over the last several...

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Some Exposure Basics

In response to several suggestions from new readers of this blog, I wanted to back to the basics with a look at subjects that challenge new photographers—especially those moving up from cell phones to an SLR or mirrorless camera. When teaching at workshops, the number one question that I get from students and one that usually permeates the entire event is a quest for...

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Adding the “Wet Street” Look to Your Car Photographs

When it comes to cars, one of the most famous film noir effects is the “wet streets” look that adds all kind of interesting reflections to an image. One way to increase the drama one of your car photography image’s is to add environmental elements such as water and the best way to add digital water is by using Flaming Pear Software’s Flood Photoshop-compatible plug-in....

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