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Moon Watch: May 2012

Friday, April 20th, 2012

There will be four opportunities to shoot the moon in May. On May 5 the moon will rise before the beginning of the blue hour and on May 6 the moon will rise at the end. The blue hour is the time immediately after the sun sets and the sky turns a deep blue. The moon will officially become full Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT. Because this month’s full moon coincides with the moon’s perigee, its closest approach to Earth, it will also be the year’s biggest.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
May 4/97% 6:41 AM 7:54 PM 6:33 PM 5:13 AM
May 5/Full 6:40 AM 7:55 PM 7:42 PM 6:00 AM
May 6/100% 6:39 AM 7:56 PM 8:51 PM 6:53 AM
May 7/97% 6:39 AM 7:56 PM 9:57 PM 7:52 AM

Read my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, and Night Photography Tricks Revealed.

Night Photography

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Nighttime is one of my favorite times to take photographs. There is always the element of surprise! Long exposures make it possible for your camera to record something that you can’t even see. Click on the thumbnails to see the larger versions in a lightbox.

17th Street Causeway BridgeThe only caveat for shooting at night is that most of the automated features of your camera will not work and you really need to use your camera in Manual mode and understand the relationship between ISO, speed, and aperture. When I’m taking photos at night, I try to take two of the three settings out of the equation. Since it is difficult to focus at night, the first thing I do is to stop down my lens to a small aperture such as f/8, f/11, or f/16. This increases the depth of field so that focus is not so critical, i.e. the greater the depth of field, the more of the subject will be in focus. Next I set the ISO at the optimum of my camera. Since I have a Canon camera, I set the ISO to 100. If you have a Nikon, set the ISO to 200 instead. The reason for using the camera’s optimum ISO is to reduce noise. Long exposures are inherently noisy so it is important to do as much as possible to reduce noise. Sometimes you will have to increase the ISO to get the shot. The duration of the shot is the main thing that you will use to get the exposure. Increase or decrease the shutter speed until you get the correct exposure. Click to continue »

Moon Watch: April 2012

Friday, March 30th, 2012

There will be three opportunities to shoot the moon in April but April 6 will be the only day that the moon rises during the blue hour. The blue hour is the time immediately after the sun sets and the sky turns a deep blue. The best day to catch the moonset is April 7 because the sun rises at 7:05 AM and the moon sets 22 minutes later.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Apr 5/98% 7:07 AM 7:40 PM 6:43 PM 5:58 AM
Apr 6/Full 7:06 AM 7:40 PM 7:50 PM 6:40 AM
Apr 7/99% 7:05 AM 7:41 PM 8:58 PM 7:27 AM

Read my posts How to Shoot the Moon and Night Photography Tricks Revealed.

Video: HDR & IR Photographs

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

I uploaded an HD video compilation of some of my high dynamic range (HDR) and infrared (IR) photographs. I created the music using Sony Acid. Hope you enjoy.


Use the following links to find out more about HDR and IR:

Review: The Digital Photography Book, Part 4

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The Digital Photography Book, Part 4Summary: The Digital Photography Book, Part 4 by Scott Kelby is a worthy addition to his series of digital photography books. It picks up where volume 3 left off and, like the other books in the series, contains many useful tips written in a non-technical, conversational style.

Scott Kelby, author of The Digital Photography Book(the best-selling digital photography book of all time), is back with another follow-up to his smash best-seller, with an entirely new book that picks up right where volume 3 left off. It’s even more of that “Ah ha, so that’ s how they do it,” straight-to-the-point, skip-the-techno-jargon stuff people can really use today, and that made volume 1 the world’s best-selling book on digital photography.

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Moon Watch: March 2012

Monday, February 13th, 2012

There will be many opportunities to shoot the moon in March. The moonrise/sunrise and moonset/sunset will be close to each other on the horizon. According to the Photographer’s Ephemeris, the optimum days will be on March 8 and 9. The timing could be better but it may be possible to photograph both the moonset and sun in the same area of the sky. Unfortunately, moonrise will not be during the blue hour but you might want to try to catch it when it rises.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Mar 6/98% 6:39 AM 6:26 PM 4:54 PM 5:05 AM
Mar 7/Full 6:38 AM 6:26 PM 5:57 PM 5:46 AM
Mar 8/99% 6:37 AM 6:27 PM 7:01 PM 6:26 AM
Mar 9/96% 6:36 AM 6:27 PM 8:05 PM 7:08 PM
Mar 10/90% 6:43 AM 6:28 PM 9:11 PM 7:51 PM

Read my post “How to Shoot the Moon.”

Gallery | Artwork for Sale

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Check out my new gallery where you can purchase framed reproductions of my artwork. Subscribers to the Trick Photography Ideas Newsletter receive a coupon code for 10% off all purchases in the Gallery. Click here to subscribe and receive your coupon code in your welcome email.

Artwork is printed, framed, or mounted by the following vendors:

  • Mpix Lab
    • Mpix is an online digital imaging lab for both the professional photographer and the advanced amateur.
    • Shipping To United States and Canada
  • Photobox
    • Based in the UK and with printing facilities located near London and Paris, Photobox is one of Europe’s largest photo printing destinations offering great value and quality of service.
    • Shipping Worldwide, except United States and Canada
  • fotoflot
    • With the fotoflot system you can showcase high-quality prints without glass eliminating reflections and glare. An innovative magnetic mounting system allows you to swap photos in seconds with images literally floating off the wall or desk.
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Night Photography Checklist

Monday, August 1st, 2011

When taking night photography you should take the following into consideration:

  • A tripod is mandatory. Long exposures require for your camera to be a steady as possible.
  • Bring a jacket. It is amazing how chilly it can feel immediately after sundown.
  • Bring a towel. Condensation can begin to occur immediately after sundown. The towel can be used to separate yourself or your equipment from a slightly wet surface.
  • Bring an umbrella. You’ll be glad you did if it starts to rain. The photoshoot may be over but at least your equipment won’t be ruined.
  • Bring a flashlight. A flashlight can be used to see the dials on your camera, illuminate your subject (light painting), or to assist in focus by illuminating the subject or by putting the flashlight in the scene at the point where you want to focus.
  • Bring spare batteries for your camera or fully charge your camera battery. Night shots are long exposures and, if you turn on the settings in your camera to reduce noise, the processing time for each photograph will be as long as the exposure. Click to continue »

Enhance Google Searches for Photography

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Google has a new service to enhance Google searches.

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Night Photography Tricks Revealed

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

As Featured On EzineArticlesIf your digital camera has Manual mode and manual focus, you can take successful night photographs your first try. The reason why is because you can see the results of setting changes on your LCD immediately. Start with these settings then alter your shutter speed as needed: Click to continue »