Aug
30
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photo tip: back button focus

About 5 months ago I changed my focusing technique to use the * button on the back of my camera to lock the focus rather than the shutter release. I saw this tip on Chris Humphrey's Blog and decided to make the switch. The idea is to separate the focus function from the shutter function. I love it because when I'm shooting a stationary portrait or some situation where the camera to subject distance is constant, I can lock in the focus and shoot away, even re-composing, and the focus will stay dead-on. This has also freed me up from constantly changing my focus points which I used to do because I wasn't confident in the shutter locking the focus. I now leave the center focus point selected and recompose after locking in the focus using the * button on the back of the camera.

If you want to try it (and have a Canon camera--not sure how Nikon's do this) follow these steps:

1. To do this, go to custom function 4 and set it to setting 1. (setting 0 is default)
2. Turn your AF setting to AI Servo. Leave it there from now on and never take it off.

It's taken me a little getting used to but I feel so much more confident in my focus being dead-on with this system.

To see Chris' original post that I read, click here.


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Aug
29
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anyone know any of these?


Ha ha. Gotta love them at weddings. I always just take photos of them taking photos. Everyone is a photographer anymore :). I think it's great!

My friend Scott took an awesome photo with his cell phone of his family the other day. Great lighting and everything. Who knows--maybe someday our cell phones will be able to do what my 5D can do!

Note to brides: Not yet. Still hire us :).


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Aug
28
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Bright Event Gallery in Destination I Do Magazine


The Fall 07 issue of Destination I Do is out and it's the best one yet! I'm so proud of Jennifer and Carolyn for starting the magazine a few years back and doing such an amazing job with it! If you haven't checked it out yet--you definitely need to pick up an issue at Barnes and Noble today!

In this issue, Bright Event Gallery--the fabulous one stop wedding planning boutique in Scottsdale run by Victoria Canada and Kelly Gill is featured using the photos I shot a few months back for Bright. It's a beautiful article and I'm so excited about how well Victoria and Kelly are doing with this great concept. And I'm so proud to be a preferred vendor with Bright! Their cute boutique makes me happy every time I walk in it and I can't say enough about how fun Victoria and Kelly are to work with! If you haven't done so already, check out their website featuring more of the photos I took at the gallery.


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Aug
27
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puppy friends


Today Dixie made a new friend.

My friend Aleasha from A Day to Cherish Weddings came by and brought her 1 year old yorkie-poo, Rudy, for a play date. At first they were a bit tentative about each other. Dixie always comes across a little strong--barking and wanting to play chase right away. But Rudy soon established himself as top dog and then Dixie spent the rest of the time following him around while he acted like he was too cool for her. Now she's completely passed out on my office floor as I'm sure she will be for the rest of the day :)

Here's a cute shot of the new friends:


And Aleasha with her baby:


Rudy the cutie:


So fun! We look forward to another play date soon!


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Aug
25
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need your feedback


As many of you know, I will be speaking at Pictage's PartnerCon in LA on September 13th. I am super-excited and have been working on my presentation. I am speaking on blogging and will cover a bit about the rise of blogging, the benefits of blogging, how to get started, some ideas on topics to blog on and tips for making your blog addicting and successful. I'm posting here because I really need your help to make my presentation the best it can be. I know there's a lot of you out there who haven't commented before and many of you who comment regularly. I need all of your feedback on two things:

1. If you can remember, what led you to find my blog?

2. If you were to attend a presentation on blogging, what one thing would you most want to find out?

PLEASE take a moment and leave a comment for me. It will help me out greatly!


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