My wife loves to cook and especially to experiment in the kitchen. We decided to try a little project together - she would cook (or bake) something, I would help her a little and then photograph her ‘food art’. I don’t have to explain it was a lot of fun for both of us, but it was also a bit stressful for her because she decided to bake a cake she never had baked before - a yeast cake. The main challenge was to find natural and ‘live’ yeast, which was extremely hard here in the US (in Europe, ‘live’ yeast is common). We only found powdered yeast, which made her nervous and suspicious whether the cake will grow at all. As you can see from the photographs, it grew pretty well :)
Having problems with remembering which command dial changes aperture and which command dial changes shutter speed? Even though I've been photographing on a daily basis for years now, I always had problems with remembering which command dial does what. I discovered a little memory trick few months ago that should help you in remembering which command dial does what, whether you shoot in manual, aperture priority or shutter priority.Read More
If you ever thought that macro photography is easy, you’re wrong. If you ever thought that focus stacking is easy (especially with a cheap & low quality sliding rail), you’re wrong. If you know me, you know I like challenges. These 3 sentences pretty much summarize how I spent my long 4th of July weekend this year. Instead of another boring blog post where I would tell you how I shot this beer bottle logo from Anheuser-Busch, I decided to share with you what I’ve learned during the shoot.Read More
I really like shooting tethered directly to a computer whenever I have a chance because it's very easy to see on a big screen what needs to be corrected and which light needs to be moved. Unfortunately, tethering has its drawbacks and there are at least 3 nightmare scenarios that can happen when you pull the tethering cable by coincidence: (1) the camera will be pulled as well causing it to fall on the floor (the worst sound ever!); (2) the cable will get disconnected from the camera; (3) the tension caused by the cable and the connection will cause the socket/terminal in the camera to malfunction. There are 2 ways to fix the first problem: either get a really stable tripod or get a wifi connection for your camera. The other 2 problems can be easily fixed either with DIY twist ties as jerkstoppers (check out the video I posted long time ago here) or if you already use one of Peak Design products, their anchors.
I love Peak Design products and I have their anchors almost on every camera I own. I was recently shooting tethered and I was about to take the anchors off the camera when I realized that I can use the loop in the anchor for securely attaching my tethering cable, just like the jerkstopper products do. This will prevent the cable from being accidentally pulled out of the camera's terminal and it will reduce the tension put on the in-camera terminal. Here is a short video where I explain how you can make use of Peak Design's anchor for tethering.
Hiking it Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon North Rim was very fun and interesting, with temperatures ranging from sizzling hot to a lot of snow in May. Here is a small sample of (mostly) landscape photographs I took during our recent trip in May.Read More
I've recently discovered that all Olympus cameras secretly embed 'OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA' text in the metadata caption. I really like to control anything that is written in the metadata in the pictures I post online and I was really surprised that my lovely Olympus camera had this metadata secret it was hiding from me. There is a very easy fix if you use Lightroom and you want to automatically get rid of the 'Olympus Digital Camera' comment in the caption sections of all of your photographs,Read More
There are days when it’s really slow in the photo studio and you have nothing to shoot. There are also days when you want to practice what you’ve learned from workshops and online course. It was exactly such a day a few weeks ago. I looked around in the studio and I saw GOGroove BlueSYNC SRC bluetooth speaker next to my desk. This bluetooth speaker has been in our studio for almost a year and it was time for me to practice some lighting techniques for product photography with this item. I will walk you through my process from shooting and setting up the equipment to post-processing.Read More
I challenged myself recently - I had to produce hiking shoes' catalog photograph within 24 hours (this included pre- and post-production). At first, it sounded pretty easy: one photograph in one day. But as I started working on the assignment and I started adding new ideas and trying out different setups, time started to be a commodity which I didn’t have in this particular case. While the setup I used is fairly simple and post-processing wasn't too complicated, I thought I would share with you my process.Read More
When it comes to wildlife in my own backyard, I’m very lucky to live very to forests and parks. A variety of animals visit me on a daily basis but I had a bit of spare time only last week to try to photograph them.Read More
Many people have passions for something, a hobby that s/he spends countless hours on learning, creating and perfecting. But a passion doesn’t have to be a hobby, it can be your work, an activity, a thing or a collection of things; as long as you put your heart and soul into it. I’ve been always fascinated with other people’s passion and I love to listen to their stories. Therefore, I have decided to start producing short videos - the series titled ‘My Passion’.
This is the first video about Kevin, a guy living in the mid-south of the USA. Every weekend he wakes up before the sunrise to pursue his passion - to ride.