The Battered Strand: North Carolina’s Outer Banks

The Battered Strand: North Carolina's Outer Banks North Carolina's Outer Banks is a land both infinitely brutal and beautiful. For 125 miles, this narrow ribbon of barrier islands stretches from the Virginia state line south to Ocracoke Island, giving protection to...

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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Review

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens I recently completed an overseas photography trip to Iceland-Rwanda-Congo, which included some mountain gorilla photography in the volcanoes of Rwanda. Now normally for a trip that included some wildlife photography I...

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The Creative Principle

The following is an excerpt from my new E-book, Creative Composition. It happens to be the very last chapter after outlining and explaining the many compositional “rules” and concepts used in photography and the arts. The Creative Principle Creativity is the process...

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Why You Should Calibrate Your Monitor

If the question is whether you should or should not calibrate your computer monitor, the answer is yes. If you are a photographer, you should. But why? If you have ever tried ordered prints from your favorite digital lab or printer (or tried printing yourself), you...

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My Ten Favorite Photography Quotes

My Ten Favorite Photography Quotes A photo may be worth a thousand words, as its often been said, but sometimes just a few words can help explain a thousand or more photographs. And while thousands of illuminating remarks may have been uttered about photography, here...

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Shoot To Thrill

“When this is in your hands, you are the center of the universe. Not that anything else exists, it certainly does. You are important, this thing empowers you to do whatever the hell you want.” – Mel DiGiacomo, photojournalist  “On the barrel, pretty white letters...

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BenQ SW2700PT Photography Monitor Review

I have to be honest. When BenQ reached out to me to use and comment on their new BenQ SW2700PT photography monitor, I had never even heard of BenQ. I was quite happy with my 24-inch Eizo display, which had been serving me well for the past two years. I had no reason...

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Autumn 2016 in the Smoky Mountains

I spent the last week of October in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina leading two photography workshops and doing some personal shooting as well. In spite of the color arriving late, we were all able to capture some fall color by choosing the...

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Canon 5D Mark IV Camera Review

Over the past 10 years, I’ve had the pleasure of shooting with the entire Canon EOS 5D series of DSLRs: the original 5D (often referred to as the 5D Classic), 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, and now the new Canon 5D Mark IV. The Canon 5D Mark IV offers some impressive...

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