Fast Lenses Still Matter

Despite camera ISO range improvements and electronic flash diffusion innovations, a fast lens is still a joy to employ in a dimly lit room. Shooting a reception for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble after its concert at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater was mostly a “run-and-gun” scenario, grabbing flash shots as quickly as possible during a meet-and-greet.…

Should We Worship At The Altar of Sharpness?

There are times when I am obsessed with sharpness, and deservedly so. But I am not dogmatic. There can be as many styles of photography as there are people with cameras. In Rebecca Solnit’s River of Shadows, her biography of photographer Eadweard Muybridge, she shares that 19th century impressionist painters derided photography as an art form…

Gear Appreciation: Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Lens

Setting out to visit the Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, CA, I thought I would shoot exclusively with the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, but at the last minute I decided to throw the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 into my jacket pocket, and I’m glad I did. For one thing, I’ve never gotten the hang of working with…