Puppy Jake Foundation

We’re proud to support the great work done by the Puppy Jake Foundation. Steve recently spent the day photographing all 21 service dogs in training. Stay tuned for more details on how you can help this great organization.

Watch how Steve photographs 22 Puppy Jake service dogs in training in 60 seconds.

Learn more about Puppy Jake Foundation.

How does a camera capture an image?

You might know how a camera captures images conceptually. But can you visualize it? Check out this amazing 3D view of how the Nokia Lumia 1020 works.

5 tips for taking better holiday photos

Here are 5 quick tips to help you make sure you capture all the great moments this holiday season.

  1. Shoot moments, don’t pose
    Don’t tell everyone to get in a line and smile for the firing squad. Capture people talking, laughing, opening, drinking, eating. Don’t stage the moments.  Move around the room and capture people interacting and the great spontaneous moments that make the holidays.
  2. Get down (shoot kids at eye level)
    We’ve all seen the great shots of kids opening their presents – Well the great shot of the top of their heads opening presents. When shooting the chaotic unwrapping moments, get down with the kids and shoot on their level. Its a much better perspective.
  3. Have the right equipment
    Batteries charged? Have you been thinking about getting that new lens or flash? Get it now and don’t miss another shot.
  4. Shoot first, question later
    When the action is fast and furious work on getting the shot and ask questions later. When the unwrapping starts be prepared and get the moment.
  5. Put the camera down
    Remember the holidays are a chance to spend time with family and loved ones. Take time to just enjoy the time and not worry about documenting every minute.

How’d I take that shot?

This looks like an easy shot of a runway at the Des Moines Airport correct? Oh, but it is so much more.

Quick tip: Keep warm

Did you know your camera needs to be kept warm in very cold weather?

Cold weather can deminish battery and LCD performance, so limit use in near freezing temperature. Also, when coming in from a cold environment to a warm humid one, keep camera covered till it reaches ambient temperature to prevent condensation.