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October 2014: Gratitude

It has happened to me again - lassitude. I watch the world go by and never pick up my lens. Oh, I see lots of things. We've had an inordinate amount of rain lately, so much so it flooded the neighbor's cow field causing a newborn calf to escape. Then there was the night we heard coyotes in our yard. That made my hair stand on end. I've seen the largest flock of ibis and cattle egrets ever, wading through the soggy grass, and an eagle that perched at the edge of the expanded pond.But I have no pictures of any of it. Just one of the field full of water, more documentary than anything else, and a close crop of the eagle, not very good. [read more]

June 2014: How Far is Too Far?

There are hobbyists and professionals in the graphic arts who do quality work ... and let me define the word "quality." By "quality" I mean they care about the presentation of their photography or digital art. Looking at it, you cannot find anything technically wrong with it. However ... and this is the point of this article ... their choice of subject matter cheapens graphic art across the board.Now, I will not go into what that subject matter is, but in recent days, a photographer I was (past tense) following went on a rant because one of his or her pieces was pulled from a social network for being in poor taste. (Frankly, I agree it was in poor taste, but saying so would have o [read more]

May 2014: The Changing Landscape

I was staring at my garden the other day, mourning the changes in the last few years. What grew so well before won't grow at all now. What I planted that bounded right up from the soil without roots, this year has faded away. Even the wildflowers in the yard are different. Just four years ago, we had a purple sea of toadflax. It was magical.The next year, my amaryllis lilies were a fantastic red array of blossom [read more]

February 2014: I Take Pictures

Scrolling down my Facebook newsfeed the other day, viewing all the excellent, inspirational photography from around the world, I had a strange revelation. I go nowhere. Not that I didn't know this, because I did, but it struck me funny at the time. This guy went to China. That one took an African Safari. And another got a picture of the rare Iridescent Bubble Bird in the jungles of Brazil (totally made that up, but you get the point). Yet my last photograph, I took out my front door, and it really wasn't that good.  [read more]

January 2014: 365 Days Later

I ask so little in life. Good food. A place on the couch. A few hours of quiet to write. An occasional chat with a friend. And right now, to go an entire day without taking a photograph."Really?" you ask.Oh, my friend, you simply have no idea. [read more]

December 2013: DSLR Showdown: Canon 70D vs. Nikon D7100

Written by Josh Fate - Steve's Digicams Staff ReviewerMid-level DSLR cameras are starting to take on features from all o [read more]

November 2013: Best LifeProof Cameras - 2013 Edition

It's summer. You plan a weekend trip with all your friends to go canoeing down the Chattahoochee River on the East coast, camping along the river banks and grilling on the campfire. It's winter. The family decides this year to spend Christmas snowboarding in the Rockies, renting a cabin in Park City, Utah building snowmen on the back porch. It's s [read more]

November 2013: Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $2000+ Cameras

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November 2013: Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $600 - $2000 Cameras

2013 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Part 1: Sub $150 Ca [read more]

November 2013: Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $400 - $600 Cameras

2013 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Part 1: Sub $150 Came [read more]

November 2013: Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $250 - $400 Cameras

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November 2013: Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - $150 - $250 Cameras

2013 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Part 1: Sub $150 Camer [read more]

November 2013: Digital Camera Holiday Gift Guide - Sub $150 Cameras

2013 Holiday Gift Guide TOC [read more]

November 2013: 2013 Sony DI Press Excursion - Some Hands on Fun with the A7, A7R, and RX10

This year the Sony DI Press Excursion took place in Nashville TN, where they unveiled several new camera and video camera models. During the event, we were able to get some hands on shooting time with the new Alpha 7, Alpha 7R and Cyber-shot RX10. With only a few models available and a large number of guests, we were not able to use the Cyber-shot QX10 and QX-100, but heard good things from those who did get to use them. Complimenting these fantastic still cam [read more]

September 2013: The Power of a Photograph

There is an Ansel Adams quote I particularly like: "When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." I think I like it because silence can be the best therapy for me against the trauma of the day. I have long said photography is my voice. Maybe that's changed a bit since becoming a writer, yet maybe it hasn't. Still, when faced with some of the worst events in my life - opposition, strife, illness, whatever - I will fall back on photographs to lift my spirits. [read more]

July 2013: Me & F8

Years ago, when I first started in photography, I had this little camera I purchased used from my brother, a Polaroid PDC 640. Now, don't raise your hand if you had one of those, but actually, I was rather fond of it. It was simple. Snap. Snap. Snap. One button to press. One result, no matter what you were doing. Eventually, I graduated to better things, but I stayed a bit stuck in that pattern. Photography without thought. Auto this. Auto that. Auto everything. I was happy letting the camera make all the decisions. [read more]

May 2013: Then Light Came

I said I was going to write an article on light - how to understand light, the direction of light, manipulating light. Light is, after all, the most important element of photography. Light is what makes the image sing out to the viewer. I even had photos prepared. Backlighting. Front lighting. I was sure I could dig up others that'd apply. I thought through the tips I knew, tips to make use of the light or alter the light. Directional light. Diffused light. But then something spectacular happened that I wasn't prepared for.Light came. [read more]

March 2013: All the Things I'm Not

I have been thinking on what to write for this blog for several days. Generally, I like to start with a theme - a camera related topic, something that has inspired me lately, an idea for future photography, a question someone asked me. But this month, I had nothing. Nada.No, this isn't a blog about nothing. Never fear. It is, however, a blog about something. Perhaps several somethings. [read more]

February 2013: Diary of a Mad Photographer

I'm giddy. Lighthearted. Overwhelmed. Overcome. This 365 project thing has changed me. Changed me. How is that possible?One picture per day. That's all I thought I was doing. Simply taking a few minutes to find something special, something that speaks to my lens. But it's become so much more than that. It's about reconnecting, reconnecting with life, reconnecting with the sun and the wind, reconnecting with grasses and flowers and insects and trees. It's finding myself again, tiny pieces of me I left scattered about and gluing it all back together. My camera is once again an extension of my hand, an extension of my brain, a permanent part of m [read more]

February 2013: Win a Rokinon 85mm F1.4 Aspherical Lens!

EDIT: Congrats to Jim Davenport of Alabama for winning the Rokinon lens!Steve's Digicams and Rokinon are partnering up this month to bring you a chance to win a 85mm F1.4 Aspherical Lens that's compatible with Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Sony dSLR cameras! More information on the company site can be found here [read more]