Here are some recent articles about photography. I have been a newspaper journalist for many years, and a lot of that time involved photography. I have developed film in a darkroom. I am glad those days are gone. Digital has made things a lot easier with photography, but there is also more danger of settling for a good photo. You may see some of my photos by clicking here.

Megapixels matter, but they are only one aspect of a photograph

Do megapixels matter? Yes, but they are only one aspect of what goes into a photograph. So while they are important, there are several other considerations that are equal to, or more important, when trying to get the best photograph. The size of the image sensor itself is more important than the pixels. If an image is out of focus, for instance, it will remain out of focus no matter how many megapixels you have. If there is a big dust spot on your lens, it will still be there regardless of the

How to improve sports photos

Professional sports photographers have big zoom lenses and other pieces of fancy equipment that allow them to get close-up shots all over the field when they are shooting a game. You may not have all that, but there are still a few things you can do to get good photos at sporting events. The big thing in sports photography is to anticipate what is going to happen, and to be prepared. When you are shooting action, there is no time to do anything other than push the shutter button. It is good to

When buying a camera get one that fits you

If you want only casual snapshots to post on Facebook, you might be okay just using your phone. It is when you want to move up to more detailed photography that you need to start thinking about getting a "real" camera. There are two types of cameras (beyond a phone) to choose from. One is the simple "point and shoot," and the other is a digital single lens reflex (DSLR), which is what serious amateurs and professionals use. A point and shoot, as the name implies, means everything is pre-set, s

Six tips to make great photographs

In the days of film photography it was said the distance between a good photographer and a great photographer was five miles of film. That would be a lot of pictures, and that is the point. With the advances in digital photography, it's easy to take a technically good picture. It's also easy to "settle" for a good photograph, because even with technology making it easier, it still takes a lot of effort to get a great picture. The principles of outstanding photography have not changed, even thou

What makes a good camera

A good camera is one that does what you need it to do. It is that simple, in a sense. There are a lot of things that go into making good pictures, and all of them are important. The capabilities and mechanics of the camera matter, but of equal importance are environmental conditions and the skill of the user. The quality of the optics in the lens actually matters more than the camera itself. Some camera makers make a big deal out of pixels. More pixels must make a better camera, right? No, not