40+ Tips For Getting More From Your Camera!

'The Photographer's Companion' is the hand of a pro on your shoulder, and the steady voice in your head when you are fumbling with your controls.

Shooting on an Overcast Day

Being a photographer means being adaptable. You won't always get spectacular lighting - and some scenes look great on an over cast days.
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Brent Mail with Varina and Jay - Part 2

Varina and Jay Patel talk with Brent Mail about our differing photographic styles, finding great light on location, and so much more.
Akaka Falls - Big Island - Hawaii, USA

Light and Layers

Akaka falls is located just North of Hilo on the Big Island…
Hakalau - Big Island - Hawai'i, USA

Light Matters

This is a shot from Hawaii's big island. Pay attention to…
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Rock Garden

When you hike out to this place in De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area…

Bowtie Arch - A Lesson in Light and Composition

Jay and I visited Bowtie arch in Utah. Varina recorded this short video while we were there showing how to deal with extreme tonal range.
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Bowtie Arch at Midday

How do you deal with harsh light? Do you pack up your camera…
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Shooting in Canyons at Midday

Midday light definitely isn’t ideal for most wide-angle photography. But here’s a situation where harsh light was exactly what we wanted.
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Post-production work can be just as important as field work…