Live-Tweeting an Event with a DSLR and an iPad

Old Lahaina Luau Hula Dancers

Many of you know that I’m a social media consultant in addition to being a photographer. This unlikely combination of occupations came about after going into photography professionally following a 25-year career in the computer industry, then spending more and more time answering questions about how I was using the Web to engage people about […]

How To Add Facebook Comments To Your Self-hosted WordPress Site In 3 Easy Steps

I just added the ability to post Facebook comments on blog posts. (See below!) Here’s the step-by-step on how to do it. Caveat: Facebook, as we all know, changes very rapidly and often without warning. As of this writing, this works fine, but no guarantees the next time they change something. Step 1: Create an […]

Tips For Shooting In A Theater

'Ulalena - Maui Theatre, October 2010

Last night, I was part of something very special. The folks at ‘Ulalena hosted what ended up being the largest tweetup in Maui history in honor of Eat Local Hawaii week, co-hosted by Edible Hawaiian Islands and Aloha Mixed Plate. In exchange for bringing a locally sourced pupu (appetizer), we were treated to a free […]

A Simple Guide To Shooting in HDR

Artistic rendering of the same HDR image.

I happen to be doing some HDR work today, so I thought I’d put this post together while I’m working. My wife is a REALTOR® on Maui and I shot one of her listings in Kihei. Real estate photography is tricky. You usually have to choose between getting a good, well-lit shot of the interior or […]

Lightroom Camera Calibration And User Presets

South Maui Sunset

One of the lesser known features in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is Camera Calibration in the Develop module. Different camera sensors render color differently. Camera Calibration was developed to enable photographers to adjust the white balance, hue and saturation to “calibrate” the image so it matches more closely with what they intended when it was originally […]

Tiny Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

My wife came in from the garden this morning, poked her head in my home office and said, “Hey, there’s a baby praying mantis on the chile plant. Interested?” Earlier this month, I’d purchased a set of extension tubes and badly needed practice using them, so I dropped what I was doing, grabbed the camera, […]

How To Shoot Fireworks

Lahaina Fireworks

Taking great photographs of fireworks is surprisingly easy. All you need is a camera with manual control, (a DSLR is preferred) a lens with a good zoom range, a tripod and a good sense of timing. Here’s what you need to do: First, put your camera on a tripod. You need slow shutter speeds to […]

Maui Sunset Panorama

Kihei Sunset

I love shooting panoramas, and decided to do one while I was shooting a sunset a couple of weeks ago. Check out Photogler for details on how I produced the image.

12 Photography Rules Of Thumb

Kihei Sunset

When I was out shooting the other day, it occurred to me that I still use a bunch of timeless rules of thumb I learned from various sources along the way; many so ingrained I don’t even realize I’m using them. I thought it might be fun to do a review. A few years ago, […]

Why And How To Use An ND Grad

Divers Entering The Water

One of the secrets to the success of my landscape photography is the Neutral Density Graduated Filter—otherwise known as the ND grad. I learned about them from Bob Evans at one of his (highly recommended) workshops in Yosemite in ’05, and almost always use them in my landscapes. A daylight sky can be several stops […]