Behind The Lens

Photography workshops, tutorials, guides and how-tos.

Time-Lapse and Long-Exposure

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Tutorials and Gear

I see many people refer to long-exposure photos as time-lapse. This appears to be a common misconception. In truth, time-lapse is very different from long-exposure. See the image for...

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Photographing a Lunar Eclipse | How-To

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Featured, New Photos, Tutorials and Gear

Photographing a Lunar Eclipse | How-To

Photographing a lunar eclipse poses a handful of challenges. If you plan to do a composite of the stages of the eclipse, the challenges double. It can all seem overwhelming at first, but just remember to take it step by step. Gear Setup To begin, you’re going to want to have the following pieces of gear, or something similar: DSLR – Camera’s with higher ISO capabilities and lower noise will be to your benefit. Tripod – A sturdy platform is essential to clear night shots. Telephoto Lens – If you want to get close-up, detailed shots of the moon, you will need long...

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Lens or Camera: What’s More Important?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Featured, Tutorials and Gear

Lens or Camera: What’s More Important?

It’s a question that haunts every entry-level photographer looking to upgrade their equipment to get better images: What’s more important, a good lens or a good camera? The short answer: Neither.¬†However, that’s not the answer that will help you make a decision on what to buy next. Digital Cameras – Game Changers In the days of film the camera was mostly a platform that connected lens and film. In the age of digital photography, however, film is obsolete and the choice in cameras varies dramatically. Every camera offers a slew of different features, qualities and...

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Never Stop Learning

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Behind The Lens

Never Stop Learning

When it comes to photography, as with many things in life, you will never run out of new things to learn. It is an endless journey filled with new techniques, tricks, subjects, and aspects of the art. As far as I’m concerned that’s one of the best things about being a photographer. Even more so when you practice professionally, as it keeps things interesting and never boring. I recently began a photography program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division. I’ve got some GI Bill benefits left and figure it’s a good time to breathe some new life into my...

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Art From The Heart

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Featured, Spirit, Tutorials and Gear

Art From The Heart

There are many ways to approach the creation of a piece of art, whether it be a painting, sculpture, musical composition, dance, or photography. You can analyze patterns, calculate distances, measure rhythms, or what have you. However, history has proven that for the most powerful impact, to have a piece grab the heart and play with the emotions… to truly develop a connection with your audience, your art needs to come from the heart. What do you mean “From the heart”? When you create from the heart, you are creating from your soul. You’re creating from a place beyond...

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Window Bird Watching

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Tutorials and Gear

Window Bird Watching

I really enjoying having birds around. They are such a delight to watch, and it feels like it brings you that much closer to nature. That’s why I really like having a window bird feeder. It allows you to enjoy the birds from the comfort of your own home, especially useful during winter months. This also allows you the opportunity for some easy bird photography opportunities. You can even get creative and build a natural looking perch next to the feeder, specifically for photos. Below are a few shots from my bedroom window feeder, which took about 2 weeks for the birds to finally find....

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