Better Portraits Part 1

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Rapport is key–All the gear and the most gorgeous model will not produce good portraits if you don’t strike it off and establish a good rapport with your model.

Everyone knows that in every picture there is always a center of interest. It may not be in the center per se but it should be obvious what the subject of any photograph is.

Chances are that subject is usually sharp and in focus. If it isn’t, it might be framed in such a way that the viewer’s eye will naturally gravitate to it.

Generally speaking, following some of these simple advice, even if you are using a point-and-shoot camera, will make your pictures better. Continue reading Better Portraits Part 1

Buying your 1st digital SLR

The biggest obstacle in a beginning digital photographer’s way is often that lens that was bundled with their digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex camera.)

The marketplace is awash with digital slr cameras touting fantastic resolution and tons of features but most 1st time buyers don’t realize how complicated these cameras really are.

Invariably that camera kit is something like a Nikon D40x or Canon Rebel XTi with a 18 mm to 55 mm zoom lens and a 1GB or 2 GB memory card. Or worse, they get a camera  with a 28 mm to 135 mm lens. Continue reading Buying your 1st digital SLR

Becky Hammon’s not a traitor, she just loves basketball

Becky Hammon, WNBA All-Star, will be playing point guard for Russia at the Beijing Olympics later this summer.

Her critics namely US Women’s basketball coach Ann Donovan called her unpatriotic and a traitor. I feel that is way too harsh a word to use. 

After all we’re talking about a game, not espionage where lives could be endangered. Donovan needs to chill and tone down her rhetoric.

Watch the video, it will provide some important background into why I think Hammon has been wronged.

Continue reading Becky Hammon’s not a traitor, she just loves basketball

My 2nd time around…

What a ride this has been. After a year, of experimenting with WordPress, I finally messed it up so bad, I had to revamp and start all over. Version 2.0.5 was not nice to me.

Only goes to show you can never get too cocky. I guess I started experimenting too much with too many widgets, plug-ins until, lo and behold, it started bogging down and slowed to a crawl. Then calamity! Continue reading My 2nd time around…

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