Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The MegaPixel Myth

When Nikon announced the new D800 with 36 megapixels, the camera community collectively peed themselves like an over-excited chihuahua.  I would have liked to have been inside the boardrooms at Canon to hear them barking (in Japanese, which I imagined sounded like a cool old Kung Fu movie) to the engineers that Canon must now roll out a camera with more pixels than the D800.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Beating Myself Up

The last few days, I took a trip down memory lane, picture speaking, and browsed some pictures I took at a wedding about a year ago.  I'm still bloodied and bruised from the beating that I gave myself.  I found myself slapping my head and saying "how could you under-expose that shot?"  I took a few more punches for the wrong lens selection, and when it was all said and done... I felt terrible.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Thomas Wedding

I had the most incredible wedding on Saturday. Rod and Lorna are nursing teachers at one of the local vocational nursing schools. They also ride a Harley, so I already felt as if we were related!  They are two of the nicest and sweetest people you could ever meet.  They asked me if I could do some special shots before or after the wedding ceremony... they wanted to make sure they got some pictures with their kids.  Not of themselves... the grown kids.  I did my best on the family portraits.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Love is in the Air... Tiffany and Travis

I had an incredible engagement session with Tiffany and Travis on Sunday.  Since I had other commitments, it was a fast session, but we got some really beautiful pictures of two people who just radiate love for each other.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Uncle Bob

There's a joke among photographers, specifically wedding photographers about "Uncle Bob".  Everyone has an  Uncle Bob... he's the expert on just about everything.  He'll show up to the wedding, and get in every shot the professional photographer is trying to take.  Most photographers even have an "Uncle Bob Clause" in the wedding contract about anyone interfering with the photography at the wedding.  Tonight, on a forum, I found the perfect example of the Uncle Bob shot.  The photographer was lined up for the "First Look" shot where the groom sees her for the first time in her wedding dress... and up pops Uncle Bob with a camera, ruining the shot for the photographer.  Don't be an Uncle Bob.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Choosing a Camera

People know me as a photographer/camera/computer geek kind of guy.  I've had a lot of people tell me that they would like to buy a camera, but the choices and the options available are a little overwhelming.  I thought I would create a blog article to give you my thoughts on cameras and that maybe it will help someone getting into photography.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Choosing a Wedding Photographer

10 Tips you won't hear anywhere else!
By Richard Spears © 2012

Okay, I lied. You might hear some of these in other places. I think that one person wrote a list of tips for planning a wedding years ago, and the list has been reprinted ad nauseum by every magazine and wedding site. So you're thinking “this guy has never been a bride” (very true) so what could he possibly know? I've been in the wedding business for a few years, and went through a few weddings of my own. For an event that is supposed to be one of the happiest of a woman's life, I know about the stress that planning a wedding can create. Take a deep breath, pour a glass of wine and relax. This is going to be fun.

Stock Photography, Here I come!

I'm branching out... I'm going to try stock photography. For those of you who don't know the 'lingo'... stock photography is a business that let's people (usually web designers) buy stock images to use in advertising.