Photo Review: An Evening With The Boys

The other night there was some beautiful golden light filling the kitchen as the boys played. After a long, dark winter, this was a sight for sore eyes. So I grabbed the camera and spent some time photographing them as they went about their business – Max doing some art-making, and Oliver practicing his new walking skills.

I learn so much about photography when I shoot, and review the images afterwards. So I made a short video showing some of my favourite shots from the evening, and my thoughts on the shooting experience, resulting images, and the process of editing them in Lightroom.

Highlights include:

  • Pros and cons of shooting at super wide apertures
  • The problems with adding too much contrast to a black and white
  • How my approach to acceptable sharpness has changed
  • When a dark image works (and when it doesn’t)
  • And more!

Take a gander, and let me know what you think!

7 Qualities of Stunning Black and Whites

If you’re like me, you love a great black and white image. See, when you remove the color from a photo, magic can happen. A person’s expression is suddenly imbued with more meaning. A cool composition becomes more bold, more dramatic. And our images gain a timelessness that allows our viewers to focus on messages that transcend the here and now.

But how do you determine which photos you should convert to black and white? Gut feeling? Scientific testing? Some secret list of requirements that are revealed only after reaching the 10th level of Photography Mastery?

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12 Answers To Your Burning Questions About Shooting Raw

Who ever thought that something called raw would be so scandalous?

When we wrote the very simple article, 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Shooting RAW, we had no idea what was in store for us. Over the past couple years it’s turned into a giant, and gets the most views and comments and debates of any post on our entire site! Crazy.

And while it has helped a lot of folks learn all about shooting in the raw format, and get better quality images from their cameras, it has also opened up some questions. So today I’ll be going over some of the most frequently asked questions and hopefully filling in the gaps about shooting in the raw format.

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Our Trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for World Cup 2014

Last week we got back from our adventure to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for World Cup 2014. We’re still trying to catch up on sleep, and Max is still waking up on Rio time (4am, ouch!). But more than anything, we still have Rio on the brain. This city really stole our hearts. Here’s a quick peek at some of our shots!

And stay tuned, because soon I’ll be sharing our experience with the Sony RX100 that we used, tips for taking photos while traveling, and even some thoughts on traveling with a toddler! Plus more photos, woo!

For now, a little look at Rio through our lens…

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Seattle Road Trip: A Few Favourite Photos

We just got back from a road trip to Seattle, and I wanted to share a few of my favourite photos with you guys! This was a great little adventure, with so many amazing shooting opportunities. It was more of a vacation than a dedicated photography trip, so it was interesting to try to balance experiencing the city with getting good shots. Here’s what we came up with!

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The Water Carriers. Rajasthan, India.

Browsing through your old photos has a lot more value than just a fun trip down memory lane. It can actually help you uncover who you are as a photographer. Let me explain.

Lately I’ve been combing through our archives. We have so many photos, from so many trips, that we haven’t properly sorted or displayed. Part of me is filled with regret for not having done something with the photos.

But part of me is deeply enjoying this process of rediscovering my earlier work. I’ve learned a lot about photography since I actually created these photos, and that makes the experience quite interesting. Photos that I once ignored now stand out to me. Like the one above, taken in India in 2008.

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The Hidden Value of Photographing While Flying

“Should I take the camera out, or leave it in the bag?” Rob asks as he is about to stuff the bags into the overhead compartments.

Seems like a no-brainer right? A photographer should always want their camera out. But when you’re about to board a plane, staring down 4 hours of trying to keep an active toddler quiet, the last thing you feel like doing is taking photos.

Far too often my answer to that question is “Naw, just leave it in the bag, we don’t need it right now”.  Yep, I have the bad habit of being a lazy photographer.

But this time I said yes.

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