Photography Tips


Photographing July 4th fireworks in San Francisco has become my annual photography tradition for the past 8-9 years.  Although it is not my typical landscape photo, I just want to share the foggy fireworks that was kind of special in San Francisco. Most of the following photos are using the same setting – ISO200, 145mm, f/9, 1.6sec Equipment used Canon 5D Mark III Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS lens Gitzo travel tripod Really Right...

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This is the first landscape photoshoot I did since having my baby.  It was taken two days ago at Paradise Ridge Winery in Sonoma California, one of my favorite winery sunset photo spots. Taken 8 minutes before sunset, June 25, 2015.  ISO100, 24mm, f/18, 4 seconds, two Lee neutral density filters (2 stop and 3 stop) stacked together to cover the sky. Photographing sunset at wineries could be an enjoyable experience, particularly if you...

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This is one of the most important videos of the 1st P of my 3P creation process – Planning.  It is meant to increase your efficiency as well as consistency to capture best landscape photos. You probably have witnessed beautiful sunrise, sunset over gorgeous landscape quite a number of times.  You probably also have taken some nice shots by chance.  To maximize your chance to capture nice landscape photos, however, you can not...

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Following on my last video about histogram, I shot another video to explain in a more detail how you can perfect your exposure with two important tools in your camera – histogram and exposure compensation.  This is another fundamental skill for landscape photographers, and it’s quite simple! If you have not heard of histogram, here’s an earlier video of What Is Histogram And Why You Have To Use It.  As I explained in...

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Earlier this year, I’ve shared a comprehensive packing list with my Iceland photo trip participants on what to prepare for the trip.  A common question asked by everyone is what outdoor clothing is most appropriate for such trip.  While you can find quite some information in my free eBook Ultimate Buying Guide For Your Iceland Landscape Photography Trip, I’d like to share a bit more of what I learned after many trips in...

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Recently I’ve shared a few videos and tips about technical details for landscape photography.  As a matter of fact, no matter if you are into photographing landscape, people, or animals, one of the most important tools in your camera that you HAVE TO know is histogram.  It helps you, a beginner or experienced amateur photographer, to manage the MOST FUNDAMENTAL technical aspect of any photos you take – getting the exposure...

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I mentioned my camera settings in several examples of my 3P photo creation process, such as 3P Creation for Palace of Fine Arts, 3P Creation for Golden Gate Bridge.  Many of you might have paid extra attention to my ISO, aperture, shutter speed or even zoom range settings, but few might know that you can be much more efficient to make a one-time adjustment on default camera settings before you head out for landscape photography....

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I recently developed a new hobby: cooking.  It almost completely took over my time for landscape photography.  Well, the truth is that life gave me a big surprise a few months ago, and led me to a different creative field: creating a little being in my belly, for the first time.  Yes I’m pregnant! After a few busy trips to New York and the California high sierra during my first trimester, I was advised to rest a little and not...

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I’ve photographed fireworks many times – July 4th Fireworks, New Year Fireworks or Chinese New Year Fireworks, you name it.   However, this is the first time I photographed fireworks in the heavy fog.  I’d like to share some photos I took during the July 4th fireworks show  a few days ago in San Francisco, and some of my own best practices on how to photograph fireworks. ISO200, 70mm, f/9, 5.3sec Equipment –...

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This is a belated timelapse photography project including 500 frames I shot in Iceland this March, over a span of 8 hours on two consecutive nights.  All photos were shot under the stars during the full moon night on March 16 and the night after, except the Strokkur geyser eruption.  I could still remember the wind – it was so strong that I could not find any possible words to describe it.  There was no way I could stand still...

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