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Blurring For Focus

August 21, 2017 - One of the opportunities I often take advantage of when photographing helicopters is to compose them against a backgroun...
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Cover Photo? No, Maybe, Done.

July 31, 2017 - In the world of aerospace marketing, air-to-air images are often the default for magazine covers. But what if the import...
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Going Wide

July 18, 2017 - Photographers have a plethora of tools they can bring to bear in creating images to support their clients. A photographe...
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On The Line

June 29, 2017 - Some of my favorite photography is when I get to capture people working on the flight line. They are alternately serious...
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Inside Out

June 20, 2017 - When you're photographing from a helicopter, the standard approach is to exclude any element of the aircraft, to capture...
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Shooting the Show

March 15, 2017 - Heli-Expo 2017 was marked by a sense of enthusiasm and optimism that has been building for a couple of years. There was...
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All Spun Up and No Place to Go

March 03, 2017 - In this follow-up to my most recent article — about getting good images of a flying aircraft when you and your camera ar...
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From the Ground Up…or Down

February 24, 2017 - I shot the above image from the ground. The client wanted to sell this helicopter and, rather than pay for a full air-to...
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Is It Coverworthy? Part 2

February 06, 2017 - In this follow-up I share additional guidance from the people who decide what shows and what blows on a magazine's cover...
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Looking Inside HDR

January 15, 2017 - In 2015 I showed an example of what is called high dynamic range, or HDR, photography. My example was the Boeing 747 tha...
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So, Why Does JPEG Suck?

December 16, 2016 - In a recent article I briefly mentioned (well, it was also alluded to in the title of that article) that JPEG sucks. I s...
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Focus, Focus, Where's the Focus?

December 09, 2016 - When photographing for a story in a major magazine, I use many approaches in my compositions and camera settings. Here I...
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Adding Up the Pixels (plus, JPEG sucks!)

November 19, 2016 - We'll start with a simple bit of mathematics (hang in there — the key word is simple): 20 x 12 x 100 = 24,000. That's...
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What to do About the Weather

November 03, 2016 - Thunderstorms rolled through the area last night and it got me to thinking. For pilots concerned about safety and comple...
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Making Heat Look Hot

October 11, 2016 - Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is situated 22 miles east-southeast of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as the crow...
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Looking Down When You're Up

October 11, 2016 - I've been doing quite a bit of air-to-air work recently, and those images will show up when the time is right, but my mo...
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Blurring One for the Team

October 11, 2016 - I was looking at an earlier posting, which featured examples of busy backgrounds and not-from-the-front lighting, both o...
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Near and Far

October 05, 2016 - I'm working on a project photographing the Arizona Department of Public Safety aviation units — it's a diverse set of mi...
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Planning for Variety

October 05, 2016 - Here are three images from a 2016 air-to-air photo shoot to illustrate something you should be doing, or expecting of yo...
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Here's a Tip: Tilt!

October 05, 2016 - If you've tried it, you'll understand the challenges of photographing flying aircraft from the ground: being on the grou...
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What's Wrong With This Picture (Think Fast!)

October 05, 2016 - This first image was posted to Wikipedia (not my photograph, I'll point out) and shows, very clearly, a Eurocopter (now...
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A Bright Future?

October 04, 2016 - I keep waiting for the day this DC-7 flies again. I understand it made an attempt that was aborted, resulting in some bl...
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Back and For(e)th

October 04, 2016 - Looking beyond the target or, sometimes, in front of it. When photographing aircraft, especially air-to-air, it is impor...
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Making it Cover-Worthy Part 1

October 02, 2015 - Part One In my article " What's a Photo Worth " I equated the value of a magazine's cover photo to the cost of a full-p...
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Taming Dynamic Range — 7 Becomes 1

July 06, 2015 - I was finishing up a day of photography at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, on Davis-Monthan AFB,...
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Making it Blurry While Keeping it Sharp

July 03, 2015 - Among aerospace photography subjects, helicopters are more of a challenge than many. Except for images made with intenti...
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