Principle of Design – Balance

Balance is a design principle relating to the visual weight in the frame. An empty image with just a single subject on one side of the frame would be heavy towards one side. This image of a bird on an empty background shows that well. This image of a fishing pier and...

Circular Polarizer Filter

The circular polarizer is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can own for outdoor photography. As important as polarized sunglasses are for fishing, a polarizer is not something to leave at home. Not only does it cut glare  on water and other highly...

Landscape Edit in Aperture 3 – Clingman’s Dome

For this week’s behind the scenes, I’m posting a video of how I go through the process of editing an image in RAW format straight out of the camera. You’ll notice there’s not a lot of work that goes in to, just simple darkroom techniques like...

Basics of Exposing with a Grad ND Filter

In simple terms, a neutral density (ND) filter cuts down on the light hitting your sensor. A full ND reduces exposure over the entire frame while a graduated (grad) ND reduces exposure over some of the scene. This post will go over how to set your exposure when using...

Preparing for the ArtWalk

This Friday is the monthly ArtWalk in Murphy, North Carolina, put on by the Valley River Arts Guild. I’ve had the opportunity to display my work for the past two months at two restaurants. Tonight, I’ll be displaying my work in the Appalachian Outfitters,...