Guide to storing and backing up your photos (Part 2 of 2)

allbackupIn part one of this article, Matthew Fletcher explained the different connection types for external hard drives, and compared three strategies for backing up your photos.

In part two of this guide, Matthew explains a few backup options in detail, and provides a few specific recommendations: [Read more…]

Guide to storing and backing up your photos (Part 1 of 2)

Photo by Matthew Field (used under the CC-Attr-SA license)

Photo by Matthew Field (used under the CC-Attr-SA license)

Like toasters, cars and space shuttles, hard disks are mechanical devices that will eventually fail. Unlike most other devices, you cannot perform a service on a hard drive to prevent future failures. That means that all your images are sitting on a device that is like a ticking time bomb. The big question is: “What happens to your images when the bomb explodes?”

Having a backup plan in place is like having a bomb shelter. It might be inconvenient for a while but you will survive to live another day. Fortunately creating a backup strategy is much easier than making a bomb shelter. 🙂 [Read more…]

Tips for photographing shorebirds

Photo by Matthew Fletcher

Photo by Matthew Fletcher

Shorebirds can be both very rewarding and very challenging to photograph. To start with, their environment is often muddy, sandy, salty, or a combination of all three. Add to that, shorebirds are usually very timid and you rarely have much cover to hide behind, making for a very challenging subject.

But when you get home tired, with wet clothes and sand in your shoes, with a big cheesy grin on your face because you know you just got some great shots, you know it was all worthwhile.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the key aspects of taking photographs of shorebirds… [Read more…]

How to isolate your subject from the background

Photo by Matthew Fletcher

Photo by Matthew Fletcher

Isolating your subject can create a powerful image, but have you ever found yourself wondering how to keep your subject sharp while blurring the background? There are two simple keys to achieving this effect:

  • Get close to your subject, while maximizing the distance between your subject and the background
  • Use a large aperture (smaller f-number)

The larger aperture, e.g. f/4, will create a shallow depth of field, which means your subject will be sharp, but anything closer to, or further away from the camera will appear blurry (the opposite is true for smaller apertures, e.g. f/22, where you will have a greater depth of field and more of the image in focus). [Read more…]