BTL: Capturing my Daughters Birthday with my Smartphone

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Not every photo has to be taken with high priced gear. You don’t even have to have top of the line equipment to get great photos. This photo is a good example of that. I captured this photo using my iPhone and the Sony QX30. The Sony QX30 is a camera that uses your smartphone as the viewfinder. You also use the phone to control the manual settings on the camera. Though the QX30 does not have full manual mode, …

BTL: Sun Starburst Effect Wedding Party Portrait

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In our fantastic Facebook Group, a question was asked about how you can exaggerate the sun coming through the trees. This came at a perfect time because I had just photographed a wedding where I had the sun shining through the trees to create a natural sun starburst effect. Not all camera settings are created equal when it comes to trying to capture the sun in this way. It also becomes challenging to capture a sun starburst while at the same time, …

BTL: My Son on the Dock in Newport Beach

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This is one of my favorite photos I have taken of my second child. I captured this photo while we were on vacation in Newport Beach in 2013. He was 17 months old at this time. He was sitting on the steps of the dock and I just happened to have my camera in hand. I walked right up to him and said, “hey buddy.” He looked up at me, smiled and I took the photo. The sun was low …

Welcome to the Ditch Auto Podcast – 001

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Welcome to the new Ditch Auto Podcast. This video podcast is dedicated to helping photography enthusiasts get out of auto mode and use manual features of their cameras. This podcast is not simply about DSLR Cameras, it’s about getting out of automatic mode as a state of mind. This video introduces what is to come with the Ditch Auto Podcast. Make sure to subscribe on iTunes to get the latest videos each week.

BTL: Rick Santorum Daytona 500 Pit Road

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I had the opportunity to shoot photos at the Daytona 500 this year and it was an amazing experience. This was my first NASCAR race and first pro sports event I had the chance to photograph where I had actual credentials to do so. The group I was with was a non-profit that was doing some work with Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum. Hours before he arrived at the track, I was told that his staff photographer was unable to make …