Category: Tutorials & How-To’s

Three Things that will Improve your Wildlife Photography (and a few that won’t)

If you’ve decided to read this, congratulations! You’ve decided to take up (or improve your skills at) one of the most difficult areas of photography. Not only will you need to brave all sorts of weather at dawn to track elusive subjects that don’t want to be near you, but you probably won’t make much…


Why Don’t My Pictures Look Like Yours?

I get asked this question a lot. Particularly from fellow travelers, who may be casual or beginner photographers, once we compare photos of the same sights taken at the same time. Much to their chagrin, the answer has almost nothing to do with cameras or other equipment. Reference my Photo of the Day posts on…


Spring is in the Air – Tips for Getting Great Bird Photos in your own Backyard

What a harsh winter this has been! As I write this in Thornhill, the temperature outside is still -19˚C but there are signs that the end of this frigid winter is near. The days are getting longer and the squirrels in the yard seem to be busier. As a wildlife and nature photographer, I often…


Butterflies are Free – So Here’s How I Capture Them

A little while ago, I wrote a piece on macro photography and some of the specialized gear and techniques that contribute to success in that field of photography. Unfortunately, a lot of that goes out the window when you’re trying to photograph skittish subjects like butterflies in the field. By “in the field” I mean…


Go With the Flow – Optimize Your Workflow for Shooting Stock

A significant proportion of my photography is devoted to shooting and selling images for stock so I thought I’d share some of the setup and workflow I use to get from camera to final agency or client submission. First Things First   Before I even start shooting, there are some basic things I do with…


You say Macro, I say Micro – Either way, It’s a Small World

As a photographer, sooner or later, you’re going to either want or need to dive into the world of close-up photography. I say want, if you want to grow photographically and develop the technical skills necessary for close-up work and need, if a commercial client wants to show details of their product whether it be…


Successful Location Portraits – Keep it Simple

I recently had occasion to shoot a couple of location portraits for very different clients and thought I’d share my approach in terms of preparation, gear and execution. First things first. By location portrait, I mean away from the studio – usually at the client’s home, office or at a venue. Most of the time,…