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Front and Center

February 07, 2021 - A common approach to composition, especially among less-experienced photographers, is to place the subject in the middle...
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Working Those Pixels

January 17, 2021 - It is true that photos are made, not just taken. Pressing the shutter button is the beginning, and a very important begi...
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Reflecting gnitcelfeR

November 01, 2020 - Reflections are one way of seeing things differently, and when someone sees something differently, they want to see more...
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Picturing History

June 10, 2020 - In my years as an aerospace photographer, and as the son of a USAF fighter pilot and as just a plain ol' guy who likes a...
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Looking at Bones

May 18, 2020 - Over the past 15 years, I have spent many days with the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group on Davis-Mont...
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Showing Less to Engage More

November 19, 2019 - When a photographer presses the shutter release, they are making myriad decisions how to capture the scene before them....
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Calendrically Shot

July 12, 2019 - For many in business, wall calendars have lost their value as scheduling tools — a working professional’s daily schedule...
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Show Different

June 18, 2019 - I am not an avid air show shooter, one of those many, many fine photographers who capture the aircraft that ply the skie...
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Motion in the Movies

May 31, 2019 - One of the strongest arguments for using video is signalled in another, more descriptive, term for the medium: motion pi...
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Skew Not The Scenery

May 15, 2019 - Among the several challenges you face when photographing the interior of an aircraft is the small space. Not much room f...
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Why Engines?

May 02, 2019 - Over my years of aerospace photography I've noticed that my eye, and camera, often turns to engines. I wonder why that i...
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For Whom the Sun Sets

April 16, 2019 - There is oft-given advice that a photographer should have the sun behind them, streaming in over their shoulder and smas...
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Putting the Muse in Museum

March 29, 2019 - Whether for business or pleasure, museums and other densely packed collections of aircraft present not only a target-ric...
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Slow Shooter

January 30, 2019 - Aviation is inherently moving. The machines, the people, even the backgrounds, seem destined to be seen in motion. Effec...
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You Put It Where?!

January 02, 2019 - The best view, meaning eye-catching and communicative, is often not the obvious one. Not the "standard" one, the one tha...
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Piecing Together the Past

December 14, 2018 - It was December 21, 2016, that the USAF retired its final F-4 Phantom II from service. I was covering the event for a ma...
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How Much is Enough?

December 04, 2018 - I was standing outside the fences southeast of Naval Air Facility El Centro, conversing with friends, enjoying the mild...
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The Sky's (Not) The Limit

November 19, 2018 - When the aircraft looks good but the sky looks like nothing, it's not likely you can wait for the ether to improve. If t...
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We Can Fly Because They Care

July 31, 2018 - Recently I put the spotlight on the airborne crewmembers not operating the aircraft. This time I take a look at ground c...
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Playing with Crayons

July 18, 2018 - A couple of articles ago I showed a "before, during, and after" series of my taking a blah photo and making it work with...
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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. Providing those images...
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Send In The Clouds

April 01, 2017 - I wrote a few months ago about shooting in less-than-clement weather and how broken clouds can contribute to more-than-u...
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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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The Rhino is Dead. Long Live the Viper.*

January 15, 2017 - I was on Holloman AFB just before Christmas, 2016, to cover the retirement of the F-4 Phantom II from U.S. Air Force ser...
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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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Double Ugly? Not.

October 11, 2016 - I was at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, the week of September 12 through 16, 2016, photographing some of the US Ai...
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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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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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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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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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When 6 is Not Enough

September 05, 2016 - What do you do when you're flying the largest airplane in the skies, and you need more power? During WW II, the U.S. se...
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A Very Bold Trojan

September 05, 2016 - The Commemorative Air Force has reorganized their various member organizations and what had been the Arizona Wing is now...
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The End of the GE J-79?

September 04, 2016 - Not to worry — the engine that powered a few different aircraft, including the B-58 Hustler supersonic bomber and F-104...
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