A Lightweight HD Video Kit for the Amateur Videojournalist

Are you looking for portable and versatile equipment for shooting HD video?  Consider using a small DSLR or four thirds camera, two broad range zoom lenses, and a small external mic. I use the fairly small Nikon D5100 and two relatively inexpensive zooms, the 18-55mm kit lens, and the 70-300 telephoto.  This gives me all […]

Lessons for Beginning Photographers: Tips on Good Composition

Composition is the arrangement of visual elements within the area covered by the photograph.  When that arrangement is visually pleasing, we say that the photographer has made a good composition.  The arranging may be done by any number of methods, such as moving forward or backward (thus including less or more area in the photo), […]

Lessons for Beginning Photographers: Good Focus

Getting good focus isn’t very hard these days, with super smart cameras:  Just gently push down on the shutter button and the camera does the rest. With earlier cameras you had to do the focusing manually, twisting the barrel of the lens until the image in the finder became sharp; or else, as with many […]