Using Telephoto Lenses to Photograph Flowers and Foliage

My wife is an avid gardener and for more years than I can remember, I have accompanied her on a wide range of garden tours and other such outings. While gardening is of little interest to me per se, I do find some enjoyment in capturing images of flowers and foliage. And, on the odd occasion I have shot videos of private and public gardens. Continue reading Using Telephoto Lenses to Photograph Flowers and Foliage

Mosaiculture – Photography in Large Public Venues

Many of us visit and take images in large, public venues such as gardens and exhibitions which can be challenging from a photographic perspective. I thought it may be interesting to share some images I took at the Mosaiculture exhibit in Montreal in 2013 and some of the approaches I used at the event. Continue reading Mosaiculture – Photography in Large Public Venues

Focus Stacking Example

For most people who just want to have some fun with their photography and have another ‘trick up their sleeve’ focus stacking can be an interesting technique to explore. To put this article in proper context, I’ve never used focus stacking for any of my client work, and I don’t profess to be an expert at the technique…but I have experimented with it. The following image is a quick focus stacking example I put together for this article. It was composed from 11 separate exposures. It’s far from perfect, but it does represent a typical result that most hobbyists can easily achieve. Continue reading Focus Stacking Example

Dahle 554 Rotary Cutter Review

In the past we have been using a self-sealing cutting mat, Olfa knife, and a steel edge safety ruler to do all of our custom trimming of posters and prints. Fortunately the vast majority of our work has not required any custom trimming since we design all of our standard posters around 17” (43.18 cm) roll paper, and posters come off our printer trimmed to size and ready to ship. Continue reading Dahle 554 Rotary Cutter Review