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Monday, December 7, 2009

Links- History of Photography

History of Photography:

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Interview wiht Moose Peterson

Moose is a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, published in over 130 magazines worldwide, author of 23 books and lecturing across the country to thousands upon thousands of photographers barely covers the work and goals of wildlife photographer Moose Peterson. One of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose embraced this new technology becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years.

To listen to my interview with Moose Peterson, click here:

Monday, November 23, 2009



LARGO- Indian Rocks Golden Eagle outside linebacker Tyler Gattuso is exhausted after homecoming on October 23 against Lakewood Christian. Indian Rocks Christian High School defeated Lakeland Vikings 21-17. IRCS Varsity Football coach Mark Buchanan said his team is well-prepared. "They are performing right to the expectations. We are trying to take one game at a time," Buchanan said.

Friday, November 20, 2009

November Model Shoot in Tampa

Photography Seminar with Guy Maynard- December 5, 1-5 p.m.

North Tampa Photography organizes a photo seminar December 5, 2009. Maynard will present on-location lighting techniques, color management techniques and tips to reduce post production workflow. For more information call Keith Bunch at 813-935-9339. The seminar fee is $39, time 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Photo courses and more at the Morean Arts Center

Please check out the courses offered at the Morean Arts Center:
They offer workshops in photography, too.

Friday, October 30, 2009

St. Pete Model Photoshoot

Nikon Day- Admission is Free!!!!!!-

The times of the class have changed. They are actually having a morning class from 9:30-11:30 and an afternoon class from 1:30-3:30. This was due to an overwhelming response according to Keith Bunch, the General Manager of NTP.

Nikon Day- Admission is Free!!!!!!

Saturday, November, 7, 2009

Place: North Tampa Photography, Inc.
Conveniently located at 1020 W. Busch Blvd. in Tampa, approximately one mile west of I-275, exit #50

Admission: No Charge (believe it or not, it's free!), but here's the catch, registration is required. Please call or email for additional details and registration.

This class taught by a Nikon Technical Representative, is an excellent opportunity to enhance your knowledge and photographic experience using your Nikon Digital SLR, whether you are new to the Nikon product line or a veteran Nikon shooter. Don't forget to bring your Nikon Digital SLR Camera!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Newspaper Death Watch and Twitpic

I discovered a new blog about the future of the journalism, you may want to take a look at it:

I also saw one of the features on Twitter, Twitpic lets you share pictures on Twitter.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Panning Shots

You need a tripod for panning shots. Ideally, the subject doing the action is in focus and the background is blurred. To achieve this, use a slow shutter speed and pan with the subject. I use lower shutter for jogging people (e.g. 1/15) and higher shutter for fast moving subject, like cars. You have to move the camera on the tripod as smooth as possible. Start to move your camera as soon as you spot the subject.

When I got to the scene, I set the settings on my camera so I could focus only on the moving subjects (bicyclist) or objects (car). Another hint: focus on the area where you expect your subject to appear. Here are my first panning shots. In the last image the girl is not in focus because she is running, but the object and her leg are in focus. See above my panning photos. For other ideas on panning shots, try a merry go round in your area. More panning pictures by other photographers go to this blog:

Photo Blog

Rob Haggart, former director of Outside Magazine created the A Photo Editor blog on

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Photojournalism Ethics

The photographer is the creator of the image and maybe it sounds idealistic but the editor(s) should consult with the photographer if they plan to alter the image in the publication. What would a journalist say if his/her article would have another meaning in the published version? Media and journalists have a symbiotic relationship, therefore editors and photo reporters should work together to (re)establish media credibility.
If I can help it, I do MINIMAL editing on my images- cropping and dodging. I strongly believe that the editors should not repurpose a photograph because it is UNETHICAL towards the photographer and his/her subjects. However, I think the photographer should have the free choice to use camera distortion (high shutter speed, low shutter speed, wide angle, telephoto etc) for artistic purposes.
I also believe that the photos do not present reality but they present reality the way the photographer sees it. Here is my take on ethics in photojournalism.

1.Present the facts as accurately as you can. For instance, if you cover a demonstration, take a couple of overall shots to let the readers know about the crowd that attended the event.
2.If you are interviewing people, provide different views/photos taken from different angles and use the one that fits the assignment (for news pick a clear image that represents the subject accurately).
3.Have your own ethical guidelines and see if your guidelines are in conflict with the organization’s guidelines you work for. For instance, I consider ethical to alter in Photoshop elements in the picture that were caused by the camera’s failure. Using the CLONE STAMP tool I get rid of the circle of confusion which is caused by a strong light source bouncing around the elements inside your lens. Because this ball of light is caused by the camera, it's perfectly ethical to retouch OUT of the image.
4.If you have a hard time deciding whether it is ethical to shoot certain image try this: put the image in general context. Would the image add to the media discourse on war for example? If you were a soldier, would you think it is fair if certain images appeared of you in the media? If you think you do more good to more people by presenting the reality, then take the image.
5.Cropping/Perspective (Kennerly vs. Newsweek)
The editor of Newsweek took an image out of context and the creator, David Hume Kennerly was not happy about it. Kennerly went to shoot photos at Dick Chenney’s family dinner and the editors at Newsweek cropped the photos and gave them a DIFFERENT connotation. To me it is like rewriting someone's article totally and destroying a journalist/photographer’s credibility.
But cropping or perspective may enhance the photograph IF the photographer chooses to use these tools. For instance, I tilted the camera and shot a volleyball event. The tilted angle caused geometrical forms in the image. It was OK because I specifically wanted to create a different perspective and I did not alter the meaning of the image/the event. However, the use of long angle in taking the photograph of a politician is also unacceptable because it shows him powerful.
6.I find the use of a long lens in animal and sports photography acceptable because if the photographer gets to close, he/she may interfere with the subject. I use a wide angle lens for “anything else,” including portraits, feature, and environmental portraits. The wide angle lens lets me get close to the subject and depending on the assignment I blur the background (portrait) or clear background (personality portraits). However, I try to avoid using the focal length if I can see that it compresses distance between the subjects/objects too much. For instance, if the photographer portrays two boats that are about to collide using focal length, that means the photographer altered the reality.
7.Shutter speed is used to stop the action (sports) or blurs the action and it is used for artistic purposes. But how likely is that the audience will see the ball stop in the air, the player jumping up or the bird flying?

For more information about photo ethics:

Monday, October 12, 2009

On Media Credibility

Why should photojournalists and EDITORS not alter photographs. Using them out of context hurts the media outlet but also the photojournalist who works there or freelances for that newspaper.


If you have a Nikon camera you may want to take some FREE classes at North Tampa Photography. You have to register for these classes. Call 813-935-9339 for more information. The link to the store is

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Weather pictures

Well, the only thing I can tell you about weather pictures is to go out and WAIT and OBSERVE. You don't need to go ount in bad weather to get a picture. For example, attend an event or go to the park etc and figure out what people do in good/bad weather.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

National Geographic Photo Contest

Why not? Submit your photos for the contest and/or look for inspiration.


These photos have no artistic value but I JUST LOVE THEM, that's all.
To me a photo does not have to be perfectly composed but it must have IMPACT, invoke a sentiment, a feeling.

World's oldest captive manatee turns 61.
Lee Santiloi has been taking care of Snooty at South Florida Museum's Parker Manatee Aquarium for three years now. She has known Snooty since her childhood. "Every kindergartener comes here to see Snooty," she said. "I was terrified of him when he came up and wanted me to touch him. He looked like a monster to me. Now it's completely different. I loved him ever since."
See the photogallery about Snooty on FOX13:
The article:

Special Need Pets
Special need pets photo gallery-

BIRD PHOTOS- Born Into an Endangered Existence

INDIAN SHORES- Life on the Black Skimmers' colony on the beach is tough. Adults, the citizens of the largest colony in Pinellas County, scrape out small shallow nests and lay their eggs. The sand colored chicks and eggs face the predators-- gulls and crows. As the human population took over the beaches, these birds face even more danger.

Sad News- another newspaper dies in Pinellas

The community newspaper Barrier Islands Gazette died today. The last issue comes out today. I started to work for the paper as a photojournalist about a year ago. I am so sad to know that the paper we most put our heart and soul will no longer exist. I understand the owner's decision for closing down the paper. I will only remember how much this paper meant for the community. That's all.
It was a pleasure working with you all and thank you for what you did for the community.

Not in a Creative Mood

I guess I was just not in the creative mood yesterday at the Tampa Bay Strobist Groups event. Here are some photos about Ybor's hidden alleys. Maybe when I get back next time, I will do better.