People ask me all of the time…what camera should I buy? Here’s the answer.

Mary with her Fuji XT2 and a Fujinon 50-140mm lens

Friends, family, and co-workers ask me often what camera they should buy.  It’s not an easy answer and involves a conversation and thoughtfulness on the part of the asker.  Here is how you might want to decide. Continue reading


Three New Cameras – Canon 5D MkIII, Sony RX100 MKII, and the Fujifilm X-E2

My Canon 5D Mark III in Pismo Beach, CA

My Canon 5D Mark III in Pismo Beach, CA (why yes, it WAS cold)

In the last year or so, Mary and I have treated ourselves to three new cameras – all bought for good and different reasons.  Here is a short review of each camera.   Continue reading

Why and How You Should Create Custom Shooting Modes

Mary in Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, CO

Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, UT

If you have a Canon DSLR, you probably have Custom Shooting Modes C1, C2, and C3 on your Mode Dial. (If you have a Rebel, you will not have these modes, but custom modes already created for you like portrait, landscape, macro, sports, and night).  The custom shooting modes can be an invaluable shortcut when you do not have time or need to execute a common pre-planned photo quickly.  Here’s how: Continue reading

It’s a great time to buy a new camera. Five things to consider.

In honor of Black Friday and the official beginning of the shopping season, I thought I would suggest a few things to help you buy that new camera.  I know Sammy’s Camera is having a no tax weekend in CA, and Canon and Nikon are running instant rebates until Sunday. Continue reading

Why I Use Live View

Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ

I think one of the best innovations in high end DSLRs is the incorporation of “Live View”.  Live View gives you the ability to use the Preview/Review screen on the back of your camera to make photographs.  I will be using Canon “terms” in this blog as that is the equipment we use. Continue reading