what else is in your camera bag?

non-photography goodies in my camera bag / roller case

Work as a wedding photographer isn't just about taking photographs of key moments, or about the photo gear. Often enough it is up to you as the wedding photographer to help guide the day's time-line and flow, and also just to help.  For me, wedding photography isn't just a passively observed event where I take  Read more inside...

hot-air balloon ride

hot-air balloon ride

During my visit to South Africa, two of my friends, Jerry & Linde, arranged a surprise for me - an early-morning ride in a hot-air balloon in the Magaliesberg area. This was a first time for me - and I have to wonder now why I had never done this before - it is exhilarating! (This must be old news for those who have done this before.) With  Read more inside...

personal photography projects for 2013

what are your personal photography projects for 2013 ?

This photo shows me setting up to shoot a time-lapse clip of the New York skyline from Brooklyn. The bride is a model being photographed by someone else. She just looked good as part of the composition of this shot. (photo by Peter Salo) The motive behind shooting time-lapse is no more than it's just to do  Read more inside...

photographers – tips on improving your photography technique

When I posted the article with tips and advice for second-shooters, it generated a lot of conversation in the comments. I want to follow it up with a related article on how to improve your technique as a photographer. It is general advice for any photographer. And it is especially pertinent if you're a second photographer / 2nd shooter.

tips on fine-tuning your photography  Read more inside...

photography: how good do your lenses need to be?

photography: how good / sharp do your lenses need to be?

Olena, who I photographed during a recent individual workshop in New York. camera settings:  1/320 @ f/3.5 @ 800 ISO  (available light) I was trying out the new Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC (B&H) for the images I shot during this workshop. (It comes in a Canon version too.)  It appears to be a fantastic  Read more inside...

what photo gear had a fundamental impact on your photography?

what piece of photo gear had a fundamental impact on your photography?

In tracing my progress as a photographer, I can see how the things I learned from other photographers really helped me - whether through magazines, books, workshops and presentations. Sometimes it's a dramatic impact;  sometimes it's just an incremental change; but it is there. And all this has a  Read more inside...

best photography tips

best photography tips

There are numerous tips and ideas in photography that helped me improve as a photographer over the years. This came via magazines and books and other photographers. Many sources. One of the best tips that helped me develop a style over time - when using a zoom lens, zoom to the longest focal length, and then frame your shot by walking forward  Read more inside...

Vivian Maier exhibition in New York

Vivian Maier exhibition in New York

One of the most interesting stories unfolding in photography in recent years, was the accidental discovery of an incredible body of work by an unknown photographer, Vivian Maier. Incredible in terms of quality and the sheer volume of photographs. If you're not familiar with the backstory  -  in 2007, John Maloof, a real estate agent  Read more inside...

review: Fuji X100 camera – photo shoot with a model

photo session with the Fuji X100 - camera review

First of all, for those who haven't heard of the Fuji X100 (vendor) yet, it is a beautiful retro-looking rangefinder-mimicking 12 megapixel digital point & shoot camera (with a fixed 35mm equivalent f2.0 lens), that gives remarkable image quality. That about sums it up. For all those reasons, quite a  Read more inside...

how to carry your camera over your shoulder

how to carry your camera over your shoulder

An interesting comment came up in the article on choice of lenses for wedding photography. The observation was that the photographer, Lou, felt like he was the proverbial bull in a china shop when he carried two cameras over his shoulder. With the lenses protruding on either side, it was tough going through doorways without  Read more inside...