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The Sony a9 is Here!

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I recently received the Sony a9 I purchased as a pre-order and have been putting it through the paces. I am excited to report back and share my findings with everybody. The biggest question I have been receiving is whether or not it is worth the added cost over the Sony a7rII. The jury is still out on that decision. I have to spend more time with the camera to determine if it’s worth the price. This camera is geared …

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Week #22 – Sports Photography – Photo Challenge

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Early on in my photography career I turned to sports to teach me how to be fast on my feet. As a wedding photographer I knew that I needed to be able to react to my environment quickly to assure I never missed the shot. Over the years I have been able to photograph several sports I enjoy being a fan of. Part of truly Ditching Auto is understanding your camera settings to the point they become second nature. When …

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Week #21 – Food Photography – Photo Challenge

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Food is near and dear to our hearts. Food is a huge part of just about every culture. Food is an important part of our lives. As a Photographer, I have had opportunities to take photos of food professionally, but I also enjoy capturing meals that I want to remember. This week’s photography challenge is to capture food in your own unique way. When you are considering your camera settings, keep in mind that you want enough depth of field …

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AMGEN Tour of California Stage 2 Photos – Jerad Hill

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I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to photograph the start of State 2 of the AMGEN Tour of California for the City of Modesto. I took over 300 photos today and went through them quickly to pull out a few. It was a very bright day with high-noon sun, which makes it challenging to get good photos of people. All photos were captured with a Sony a7rII and the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens from Sony. I had …

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Week #20 – Retouching – Photo Challenge

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This week we are going to spend some time behind the computer editing photos as our challenge is on Photo Retouching. In this video I walk you through the retouching of a photo I captured while in San Francisco last week. You can go out this week and capture a new photo, or you can retouch a photo you captured earlier on in the challenge. It’s totally up to you. If you do not have Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop, …

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Week #19 – Still Life Photography – Photo Challenge

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Still Life Photography has always been an interest of mine because I get to use photography to capture the objects around me. We use Still Life Photography often on social media to showcase things in our life such as food. It is the photographing of objects arranged in a way that is appealing to the eye. Still Life as an artistic style is often used to teach lighting and depth. This week, you can photograph Still Life as you see …

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Week #18 – Portrait Photography – Photo Challenge

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Most of my photography career has been in the portrait space. As a wedding photographer, you have to be a good portrait photographer. I have since expanded in many directions with my photography, but I have found that being able to capture a good portrait of a person is a different challenge that most other types of photography. This week I am challenging you to capture a portrait of someone. Even if you absolutely dread having to photograph a person, …

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Week #17 – Landscapes – Photo Challenge

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We live in a beautiful world. It’s often that I find myself wishing I had my camera on me as I drive past a scene. Landscape photography is the capturing of a scene of the environment around you. It was be wide or narrow. A Landscape is the scene in front of you. This week’s challenge is to go to your favorite space, go for a walk in the park, or hike somewhere and capture a landscape. Challenge yourself to …

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Week #16 – Smartphone – Photo Challenge

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The camera we have with us most often is likely our Smartphone. Smartphone cameras have come a long way over the years and can rival point-and-shoot style cameras these days if the lighting conditions are right. This week I want you to focus on using your smartphone camera. If your phone’s camera has a manual camera option, use that. If not, download a manual camera app and try to use manual camera settings to capture your photos. After you have …

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Week #15 – Blue – Photo Challenge

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The color blue is interesting to me. As a primary color, it plays a huge role in photography. Blue can mean the obvious, which is color, but it also describes a mood. Blue cooler tones give off a different emotion than warmer orange colors. In this week’s challenge, use blue to direct your photography. You can use Blue as a color, or Blue as a concept. Have fun!! Upload your Week #15 challenge photos to the new Album in the …