Photowalking Salt Lake City – October 6th


With a deserved nod to Thomas Hawk’s semi-famous San Francisco Photowalks, I will be participating in a Salt Lake City Photowalk on Saturday October 6th. I”ve teamed up with several other Utah photographers to organize this outing. Here are the details:

When: Saturday October 6th at 5:00 pm
Where: Meet at the main entrance to the Salt Palace (100 S. West Temple) on the East side of the building under the tower (see today’s photo)
Who: Anyone who wants to attend

This will be a non-competitive opportunity to photograph in and around downtown Salt Lake City and to get to know other photographers. You don’t have to have the “latest-and-greatest” camera to participate. In fact, if someone wants to come and doesn’t have a camera, I will have a couple of loaners available.

We will start at the Salt Palace and head out from there. I would expect it to last no more than 2-3 hours. Since it is LDS Conference Weekend, parking might be troublesome. I am considering riding the train into town to alleviate this concern.

If you have any questions or need to contact me about the activity, give me a call at (801) 259-3500 or email (gutsy move giving out my info, eh?).

I hope to see you there!

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/100 second, f/7.1, ISO 50

September 29, 2007 at 10:04 am by | Categories: photowalking

Using Flash in Daylight

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Today’s image of a car (my trusty Saab) sitting on a forest road is an example of using flash during daylight to enhance your photos. When I first took this shot, the car appeared very dull since it was sitting in a shadowy area. The fix: add a strobe.

My goal with the exposure (after adding the strobe) was to make the car stand out, but not make it look artificially lit. To accomplish this, I adjusted the strobe to a power setting of one f/stop below the ambient exposure. This balanced setting lit the highly reflective car with just enough highlights to draw the attention I desired.

Canon 5D, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/50 second, f/4, ISO 100

September 28, 2007 at 5:52 am by | Categories: tutorial


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tri·um·vi·rate [tray-uhm-ver-it, -vuh-reyt]

1. Roman History. the office or magistracy of a triumvir.
2. a government of three officers or magistrates functioning jointly.
3. a coalition of three magistrates or rulers for joint administration.
4. any association of three in office or authority.
5. any group or set of three.

[Origin: 1575–85; L triumvirātus.]

Canon 30D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/60 second, f/8, ISO 100

September 26, 2007 at 11:35 pm by | Categories: Post


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Canon 5D, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/80 second, f/5, ISO 100

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Afternoon Swim


Canon 5D, Canon 70-200 f/4L with 1.4x extender – 1/640 second, f/5.6, ISO 125

September 24, 2007 at 11:45 pm by | Categories: Post

Details, Details, Details


One thing that can separate a good photo from a great one is the details. This is an area that I have worked on improving yet still find that I have “Doh!” moments from time to time. Today’s image of a formal dining room is one such example.

When arranging the lighting for this wonderful room, I completely missed that the window blind on the left is positioned differently than the other two. It is not too noticeable on the window, but the difference in reflection on the hardwood floor kills the shot. If I were to shoot this room again, I would adjust all three blinds so they give the same amount of reflection on the floor. In fact I would probably shoot it twice, once with bright reflections (like the right two windows) and once with dull reflections (like the left window).

One easy tip for catching details when photographing is to make a quick pass around the composition with your eyes prior to shooting. I like to think of the scene like a clock dial and quickly scan the shot beginning at 12:00 and moving clockwise around the frame. When photographing people, a quick scan around the outline of their body (especially the head) will alert you to any details that need correcting.

How about you? What do you do in your photography to catch the little details?

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/20 second, f/5.6, ISO 100

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Kenneth Linge’s New Blog

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Kenneth Linge, an internationally recognized photographer and photography instructor, has started blogging. I met Kenneth last July when I attended his Wedding School and immediately became impressed with not only his photography, but with his openness in sharing his techniques. Here’s a quote from his blog that illustrates this point:

“I try to live my photography life as a NO secrets photographer. I want to challenge all you photographers to always share of yourself with NO limits, so much of what I know came from being open and the people open up to you.”

Kenneth’s blog can be found at I’ve added it to my RSS reader and I encourage you to do the same.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/800 second, f/5.6, ISO 100

September 22, 2007 at 9:05 am by | Categories: Post

For Stunning Blue Sky Photos – Polarize!


I get asked occasionally how I create such a strong blue color in the sky of many of my outdoor photos and if it is created in Photoshop. The quick answer is: Nope, not in Photoshop but by using a Circular Polarizer filter.

A quick web search for this type of filter comes up with many explanations of what it does. Here’s one:

Produces deeper colored blue skies, which at the same time creates a striking contrast with white clouds. Minimizes light reflections from glass and water. Reduces glare from non-metallic surfaces. Provides a general color saturation to both cool and warm tones. Can be used in extremely bright light situations to reduce the amount of light entering the camera; this enables more selective depth of field control. (source: Cokin)

In addition to the added color boost, the filter drops approximately two f/stops from the exposure. This works well in place of a ND (Neutral Density) filter for times when I want to limit the ambient light for a longer shutter speed or less depth-of-field.

When shooting in sunlight with the Circular Polarizer filter, placing the sun at around a 90 degree angle to the camera lens creates the optimal effect.

Today’s image of a sunflower against the sky is an example of this technique. While the blue and yellow color of the scene was pleasing without the filter, its addition really made them “POP!”.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/100 second, f/6.3, ISO 100

September 21, 2007 at 8:02 am by | Categories: tutorial

Vegan Power

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Canon 5D, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/4, ISO 400

September 20, 2007 at 9:21 am by | Categories: Post

Listen to your Mother

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(cell phone rings)

Me: Hello

Mom: Hey, I saw a picture on the news last night and thought you ought to make one like it.

Me: Really, what was it?

Mom: It was an American flag with crime scene tape in front of it.

Me: Hmmmm… not a bad idea.

Mom: Yeah, it was behind the anchorman on the screen.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/125 second, f/9, ISO 100

September 19, 2007 at 7:53 am by | Categories: Post