Digital Photography Techniques


Graduated ND Filter in Use

Today, I was sorting through my gear and putting my travel equipment together based around an Olympus Micro 4/3 camera. I put a Lee Filters ND.9 Hard Grad onto the lens and took a couple of pictures off my balcony as a test. A graduated neutral density filter is a piece of glass that varies in the amount of light it lets in across its surface.

How to Use Repeating Flash

What is Repeating Flash?

Many accessory flashes have a repeating flash mode that can be set on the flash (Speedlight or Speedlite) while it is attached to the camera, or set through a flash controller when the flash is off the camera.

Repeating flash mode causes the flash to fire several times during a single exposure. It is also called strobe lighting. If used in a low ambient light situation, it will have the effect of creating multiple frozen images of a moving subject in the picture. Since flash fires very quickly, we will not see motion blur in the image.

Tips For Taking Surfing Photos


When it comes to surfing photography, I am no Brian Bielmann. I’ve never even been on a surfboard, even though I have lived in San Diego for nearly 20 years.

However, many of us have friends or family who surf and it would be nice to capture a picture of them that doesn’t resemble a dark speck in a vast ocean. With these photographers in mind, I set out to the ocean one morning to see what it takes to capture something acceptable.

Fixing Atmospheric Haze in Lightroom

I was out at Shelter Island the other day with my friend Patsy. She was trying out her brand new Sony 100-400mm lens and I was along for the ride with just a 28-70mm lens on my camera. I took a couple of half-hearted shots of the San Diego skyline. Seeing that it was very hazy and not having much reach in my lens, I expected I'd just delete the pictures later.

Dreamy In-Camera Soft Focus Effect

With many cameras, you can achieve a soft-focus look to your images, while still keeping features sharp. This done by taking one out-of-focus image, combined with an in-focus image of the same subject. Although my usual camera is a Nikon, I am sure that this feature is available in many cameras.