How-To


Do Something Different with Fireworks 1

As a photographer, naturally you would get excited about shooting some fireworks with your camera. You have this expensive camera equipment, manual controls and you love to play. So every year you’re out watching the fireworks and capture the local firework display and of course you have a great time […]


38 Ways To Make Sharp Photos

Normally when you head out shooting, one of your goals is to come back with clean, crisp and sharp images. It’s always frustrating when you have that great shot, only to have the focus missed or have a mysterious blur across the image. I have for you an all-inclusive list […]


How to Shoot the Milky Way

The Milky Way is one of the more fascinating sights in the night sky, especially for those of us who live in urban cities. It’s entirely foreign to us that this many stars actually exist. The Milky Way is the denser concentration of stars, space dust and gasses that shoot […]


Icy Sunrise in Lexington, MI

How to Create a Starburst in Your Images 1

A common question people ask me when I’m showing an image which has a light source with a pronounced star effect is; What kind of filter did you use to get that? The truth is, none. People are sometimes surprised with this answer. In this article I will show you […]


Get Crisp Stars in your Sky Shots 1

One of the most common questions that come up when discussing night photography is: “How do I get my stars to not look like lines?” Nighttime landscape photography is different from daytime landscape photography in that high ISO is not only perfectly acceptable, but sometimes necessary.  You see, you can’t […]


Hyperfocal Distance

Turning Night into Day

I started doing “Night to Day” images almost by accident. I had set out to take a star trail photo and had taken just a simple 30 second exposure at a high ISO to check my framing. When I got back to my computer I looked at the file and […]