Saturday, February 16, 2019

Episode 78: Winners of the UAHS 18th Annual UAHS Photo Contest!

This episode features the winning images of the 18th Annual Photo Contest held at Upper Arlington High School, where I teach. Enjoy these winning images created by our student artists! (The accompanying music track is an acoustic instrumental I wrote and performed many years ago.) 

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Episode 77: Exposure Settings: Take Control!

In this second edition of Short Cuts, I explain how to use the mode dial on your DSLR to enable creative control over your photos.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Episode 76: Short Cuts: ISO and Film Speed

Introducing the debut of "Short Cuts." Beginning with this lesson on ISO, I'm going to focus on single topics and keep it short and sweet to help streamline your learning experience. Use Short Cuts for quick answers to the questions you're looking for!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Episode 75: The 17th Annual UAHS Photo Contest Winners!

In the episode, I share the winners of the 17th Annual Upper Arlington High School Annual Photo Contest. I think you'll appreciate the excellent work by these student photographers!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Episode 74: Composition - Pt.1: The Rule of Thirds

In part 1 of a new series focusing on composition, I explain the rule of thirds and how using this powerful compositional technique can improve your photos!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Episode 73: How A Camera Works

In this lesson, learn the basics of how a camera works and its relationship to the human eye. Learn the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and the similarities between a camera and the human eye.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Episode 72: Shooting Framed Artwork Without Glare or Reflections

In this lesson learn tips on photographing artwork mounted in glass frames while avoiding glare or reflections. You can also use these tips for photographing copyprints or any 2D documents that must be faithfully rendered, glare-free and color balanced.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Episode 71: The "Photo Smarts" Crossword Puzzle Series!

The "Photo Smarts" Crossword Puzzle Series is a fun way to test your photo know-how! Starting with this lesson, a new crossword puzzle will be created on a regular basis as long as there is favorable feedback. Let me know if it's a hit or a miss!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Episode 70: Shooting Silhouettes

In this lesson, learn how to shoot silhouettes both in the studio and outdoors. Tips on exposure settings, subject placement and lighting scenarios are demonstrated in detail.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Episode 69: The Art Elements and Principles of Design

The basics of visual arts are discussed along with tips on what to look for while creating photographic art. A special shooting assignment is included to help you apply your knowledge of art and sharpen your compositional skills.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Episode 68: The 16th Annual Photo Contest Winners!

In this episode, I share and critique the winning images of this year's annual photo contest at the high school where I teach. This year's photos were all created by students ranging in age from 14 to 17 and I think you will be genuinely impressed with the quality of their photos!

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Episode 67: DSLR Basics

In this lesson, learn the basic features of a DSLR camera and what you should know to get started shooting. Tips on important features and initial settings are discussed in detail so you can get the most out of your camera right from the start.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Episode 66: Capturing Motion by Panning and Zooming

In this lesson, learn how to create stunning motion shots by panning subjects in motion and zooming your lens during exposure.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Episode 65: More Macro: Abstract Formalism

In this lesson, explore macro abstract formalism while photographing ordinary objects at high magnification. Tips on equipment, lighting, exposure settings and composition are presented to help you make even the ordinary look extraordinary.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Episode 64: Stop Motion Shots Using The Hahnel Captur Module Pro

In this lesson we test the Hahnel Captur Pro remote triggering device system to create stunning stop motion shots that would otherwise be difficult to do. Included in the test are stop motion milk drops and bursting water balloon experiments.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Episode 63: Creating Photo Collages Using Joiners

In this lesson, learn how to create photo collages using "joiners," a process created by British painter/photographer David Hockney. Step-by-step instructions, tips and examples are presented as well as details on how to enter the photo collage contest!

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Episode 62: This Year's Photo Contest Winners!

In the episode, I share the winners of the 2014-15 UAHS Annual Photo Contest. I think you'll appreciate the excellent work by these student photographers!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Episode 61: Tips on Shooting "Dancing Paint" Images

In this lesson, watch these advanced photo students in action while photographing "dancing paint" in the studio. Learn tips on how to get started creating stunning photos of wet paint in motion.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Episode 60: How I Built An 11x14 View Camera From Scratch

In this lesson, I show you how I built a fully functional 11x14 view camera using basic tools and materials. Details include making the film holder, front and rear standards, focusing system, bellows and more.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Episode 59: Creating Acrylic Gel Medium Transfers

In this lesson, learn how to transfer ordinary prints of photos to wood by use of an acrylic gel medium. A rewarding, hands-on way to create unique artwork that is suitable for framing!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Episode 58: Shooting Assignment #1

In this lesson you are invited to tackle the same assignment the host gives his level one photography students to shoot. Explanation of what is required plus tips on exposure settings, etc. are included.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Episode 57: Create Your Own Inkodye Photo Transfer T-Shirt!

In this lesson, my Advanced Photo students demonstrate how to create unique photo transfers on t-shirts using a photosensitive fabric dye manufactured by Lumi. This alternative process is fun, easy to do, and only requires a few materials for success!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Episode 56: It's All About Timing and Perspective

In this special presentation, your host shares some amazing (and often humorous) images shot by various photographers exhibiting perfect timing combined with unique perspective. Special thanks to

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Episode 55: Large Format View Cameras, Part 2: Loading and Developing Film

In part 2 of this series, learn how to load sheet film into a film holder plus how to develop the film yourself at home with a rotary processor.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Episode 54: Large Format View Cameras: Part 1

In this lesson, we take an in-depth look at an 8x10 large format view camera. Included are details on how a view camera works, how to load film or paper, and all you need to know on how to set up for taking a shot.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Episode 53: The "Ultimate iPhone Lens Kit" Review

In this lesson, a popular set of iPhone lens attachments are put to the test. Among the lenses reviewed are the macro, fisheye, 8X telephoto, and 60X microscopic lenses included in what is known as the "Ultimate iPhone Lens Kit."
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Episode 52: Image Correction Assignment

This lesson is an actual assignment taken from my new Photoshop 101 course at Udemy. Although the images used in the lesson aren't downloadable via the podcast, you can still learn how to use some of the tools and techniques in Adobe Photoshop to correct exposure, contrast, color balance in your own images.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Episode 51: More Lomography: Fuji Instax Cameras

In this lesson, we continue our adventure in Lomography and review the Fuji Instax 200 series instant camera and the Instax Mini 7S.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Episode 50: Intro to Lomography: Holga and Diana

In this lesson, learn how to get started in this popular retro photography genre via the ultra-cheap Holga and Diana cameras. Several models of Holga plus the Diana are presented in detail plus tips on how to use them to create your own lomographic art.
Holgas at BandH
Diana Cameras

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Episode 49: Lens Filters, Attachments and Accessories

In this lesson, learn about several of the different types of lens filters available that you can use to enhance your creativity and improve your photos. Special lens attachments and accessories are also explored in detail.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Episode 48: Infrared Photography Tips

In this lesson, learn what infrared photography is and how to shoot infrared shots either digitally and with IR film. Information on infrared film types, infrared filter types and tips on exposure settings are discussed in detail.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Episode 47: Instant Photography: Then and Now

In this lesson, explore the history of Polaroid and the evolution of instant photography throughout the years. Learn how you can still use old classic Polaroid cameras today, how they work, and how to get started in this classic, artistic medium. Details on film packs, integral film, loading film and how to use a Holga Polaroid film back are also included.
Fuji Pack Films
Impossible Project Integral Films
Fuji Instax Cameras and Films

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Episode 46: What to Shoot?

Take a walk with your host as he discusses various ways to deal with "shooter's block." Discover what makes a photo "art" and learn tips on utilizing the elements of art and design principles to create your own art. Please note: this is a shortened, edited version of this epsiode. Due to the large file size, it has been condensed. The complete episode may be viewed in its entirety on the Photography 101 app in HQ.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Episode 45: Night Shot Magic with HDR Imagery in Photomatix

In this lesson, learn how to create stunning HDR images using your night shots and Photomatix. Tips on how to bracket exposures of your night shots accurately on manual mode and how to create exciting surreal effects using Photomatix Pro.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Episode 44: Light Meters and Exposure Compensation

In this lesson, learn how to use digital and analog light meters to calcuate exposures. Also included is the debut of the "Photo Tip of the Day" series; with this episode focusing on exposure compensation.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Episode 43: Making Salt Prints With Digital Negatives

In this lesson, learn how to create salt prints at home without using film or a darkroom. Step-by-step instructions are presented for creating a digital negative in Photoshop and then contact printing the image onto photosensitive watercolor paper. Explore how the photographic process works and create you own unique photographic print - all without a darkroom!
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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Episode 42: Shooting Fireworks!

In this lesson, learn helpful tips on photographing firework displays using a DSLR or SLR camera. Info on exposure settings, lens choices, composition and so on are presented in great detail.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Episode 41: Portraiture 101: Studio Portraits

In this series debut on portraiture, learn how to shoot successful studio portraits and what is needed to set up your own studio at home. Learn about the different types of studio lighting equipment available, setting up different lighting scenarios and backgrounds plus watch some student portrait sessions in action.
Studio Flash Equipment
Studio Hot Lighting Equipment
Studio Backgrounds

Monday, October 11, 2010

Episode 40: All About Lenses

In this lesson, learn what different kinds of SLR lenses are available and which lens works best for a variety of shooting situations. What to look for while shopping for zoom and prime lenses, macro, telephoto and wide-angle lenses plus tips on choosing the best lens for the job/genre are offered by the host. Features such as image stabilization and depth-of-field preview are discussed in detail. Also included is a guide to lens accessories and their functions: teleconverters, extension tubes, close-up filters, fisheye attachments and more.
Lenses by Nikon
Lenses by Canon

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Episode 39: Camera Obscura, How Cameras Work, Make A Pinhole Camera!

In this lesson: learn what camera obscura is, how cameras work and how to build your own pinhole camera. The host presents the history and features of several types of cameras including a large format view camera, a medium format TLR, SLR and Holga plus a small format 35 mm SLR. A step-by-step demo on how to construct a functional pinhole camera using common household items is included.
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