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Washington monument at night, with cherry blossoms in the foreground

What Is Focus Stacking?

Spider on a web, focus stacked image available for purchase at https://www.WaltPayne.Photography What is focus stacking? Focus stacking is a process that allows a photographer to achieve added sharpness/depth of field in a photograph by taking multiple images and combining… Read More »What Is Focus Stacking?

What Is ISO?

ISO represents the sensitivity of your camera sensor to light. ISO can vary from 100 to as high as 25,000 or more on some digital SLRs and mirrorless cameras. The bigger the number, the more light sensed.

Sunrise on the water - sailboat silhouetted in the glow

Taking Better Sunrise Pictures

There are several factors involved in getting better than average sunrise and sunset pics. Many of these will be obvious to any experienced photographers out there. But even the pros have their areas of specialization, and if this isn’t yours, then maybe I can give you a few pointers. You can bet that I read other people’s blogs and articles to learn as much as I can.

Sunrise at the Concord Point Lighthouse

HDR Photography Basics

High Dynamic Range photography is ideal for use in situations where you have a broad range of lighting conditions, and a static or mostly static scene. An example would be an indoor shot where you want to also show the outside scenery through a window. Or maybe a landscape photograph taken in the golden hour where you want the shadows to be less prominent. It has many uses, and is also used artistically to create very colorful pictures that, although not realistic looking, are beautiful nonetheless.