Category: Articles

  • Smugmug Customizations

    I’ve had a Smugmug account for about 5 years now. While you can purchase my work there, I really don’t promote it at this time. I mainly use it for my family stuff. Anyway, I recently wrote a few short tutorials on customizing your Smugmug on my Smugmug site.

  • HDR Photography Using Layer Masks and Hand Blending Techniques in Photoshop

    HDR Photography Using Layer Masks and Hand Blending Techniques in Photoshop

    This isn’t meant to be a step-by-step tutorial on how to do hand-blending HDRs. Every situation is going to be different. I’m just going to show you how I process most of my landscape pictures. What is HDR? HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Since your camera can not replicate what your eye sees, you […]

  • The Backyard DIY Photography Blind and Habitat

    The Backyard DIY Photography Blind and Habitat

    A note: I originally wrote this in my blog. One of the editors from NatureScape.net read it and wanted me to submit it, with some minor changes. I’m posting this so you can find it better. A few years ago, I decided to set up a few bird feeders and a small blind in my […]

  • SEO for the Photographer

    SEO for the Photographer

    What is SEO? SEO stands for “Search Engine Optimization “. Whether you’re a wedding photographer, a nature photographer, or maybe you’re just a hobbyist with a personal website, everybody wants to be found in the search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing, right? Who wouldn’t! You just typed a few keywords to your favorite search […]

  • Being Level or Looking Level?

    Being Level or Looking Level?

    When I started posting my landscape pictures on the internet, I would occasionally hear, “It’s not level” or the “Horizon isn’t level”. That was fine in most cases because I didn’t have a level on my camera or tripod. Fixed in post (Photoshop). I finally bought a level that attaches to the hot-shoe on the […]

  • The New Backyard DIY Photography Blind, Pond and Waterfall

    The New Backyard DIY Photography Blind, Pond and Waterfall

    Last year I wanted to build a small DIY photography blind in my backyard. I had an old play house that my kids used to play in. It worked, but I had to sit sideways and shoot. Not very comfortable. I need something larger and I also wanted to add a small water feature. I […]

  • For the Birds: Recipe for Peanut Butter Suet

    Here’s a simple and easy recipe for Peanut Butter Suet that birds just love. Ingredients1 cup Lard1 cup Chunky Peanut Butter4 cup Yellow Cornmeal1 cup Flour1 cup Bird SeedCrushed Egg Shells Directions Bake shells in the Microwave for a 1-2 minutes. Crush the egg shells. I used a plastic bag and a spoon. Add lard […]

  • DIY Photography Blind

    DIY Photography Blind

    I wanted to make a  photography blind that didn’t cost a fortune. Originally I was going to make it out of PVC and fabric. One afternoon I saw my kid’s old plastic playhouse and I thought, “I can use this and it’s free”! I selected a spot near the back fence… I bought a $2.99 […]