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Instructions on shooting above your head with a waist level viewfinder.

Above the waist with a waist level viewfinder.


Ever try this? It looks pretty simple, if you have a waist level view finder and want an overhead shot, just hold it over your head!

I tried this once quite some time ago. It really messes with you.

It’s hard enough to get used to right and left being backwards with a waist level view finder. For some reason if you switch it up and shoot over your head it’s like you have to start back at square one again. Framing becomes a fresh new challenge all over again. I’m not sure exactly read more

Aspect ratios

When NOT to fill the frame (for film photographers).

When I first wanted to take good pictures I was researching how to make the most of your travel photography for my upcoming honeymoon in Italy. One of the first pieces of advice I read was to “fill the frame!” This was echoed over several articles and it seemed important enough that it really stuck with me even to this day.

For some photographers the frame is sacred. I know film photographers that only print the full frame. That’s cool and I like (and admittedly at times read more

The Super Blood Moon of 2015 and ButtHurt.

The Super Blood Moon of 2015 (SBM2015) provided photographers who could see it a fantastic opportunity to capture a beautiful, spectacular, rare event. With a clear sky, long lens, tripod, and some understanding of exposure, you too could photograph quite a unique even in sublime detail. Shoot the moon it should be easy! Right?

Well it does test some chops. For starters you need a LONG lens. I used a 600mm/8 and wished it was a 1000mm. Much less than 500mm and you’ll be read more

Lens Distortion and You


Lens distortion isn’t a topic surrounded by excitement but it is something to be aware of when choosing your equipment and composing images. Even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ll still probably recognize at least one type of lens distortion. Heck it’s even boasted as a feature in some lenses!

The most common and recognized lens distortion is called Barrel Distortion. Wikipedia defines barrel distortion thusly:

In barrel distortion, image magnification decreases with read more

Freestyle is sending out its last printed catalog.


Freestyle Photo recently announced via email that its next catalog will be its last.

I guess it’s to be expected as it’s been a trend across multiple industries. Keh ditched their print catalog a couple years ago. Anyone remember those ginormous Computer Shopper magazines of the 1980s and 90s? Now they’re long gone. According to Eric Joseph, Senior Vice President:

“We absolutely remain committed and dedicated to traditional photography and continue to find ways to not only keep products available, but also as affordable as possible. Producing a printed read more

Without local artists…


There would be no national artists!

I made this some time ago based off a sticker I saw that saw a that said the same thing about musicians. I was thinking about it, and how many national (visual) artists can you name?

I could name a couple dozen probably, but like art. I’m into it so I don’t know if I’m representative of the general public much in that respect.

Culture, they call it; it distinguishes them from the goatherds. -Frederick Neitzche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

Neitzche believed that culture was the combination read more

Print your pictures!

I was originally told this by an antique photo collector about 5 years ago, give or take. She was literally afraid that in the future collecting photos might become impossible. Her reasoning was that lots of people collect photos; fewer collect negatives, and fewer yet of the negatives are ever printed. There’s next to no hope of future photo collectors going through old hard drives to look for your pictures. All the stuff stored online is mostly stored by a company, Yahoo for Flickr, Amazon/Apple/Microsoft/Google read more