So you just bought a DSLR

Going to keep this one short and sweet. At various street festivals around Worcester MA I always see lots of people with DSLR's. I always, always want to go and correct every one of them in some manner or other.

So here's some basic things you should know. Don't change your lens with your body facing out into the air, treat it like an open wound while in-between lenses.  Change your lenses as quickly as possible to minimize dust and debris floating in. Dust on your sensor will show up in every single picture you take.

Don't put the camera around your neck, loop it under your arm. Having it under your arm and at your side allows you to protect it a bit better.  No longer will your camera swing into random things everytime you turn your body. Black Rapid makes an excellent camera strap called the R Strap and it allows you to leave your camera hanging down at your side at all times.

Pop up flash, don't do it! Shooting someone with flash straight on ruins the picture, think about a deer in headlights; no ones happy. Pop up flash is okay for crime scene photos or documenting a grizzly murder but when it comes to your photos you don't want anything to do with it. Consider hopping on amazon or ebay and finding a flash gun for your DSLR. Basically a flash that slides into your hot shot on your camera and allows you to bounce the flash off a ceiling or wall or other to create something far more pleasing. There are also many adapters for your flash gun such as reflectors or Gary Fond light sphere or a mini softbox. You can also use a cord or pocket wizard to bring the flash away from the camera long enough to get the right shot.

Take off the lens cap. You can scrap the front element all you want and it won't effect your pictures, just don't mess with the rear element. If you make one little scratch in your real element, kiss good pictures goodbye. Lens caps should only be used for storage. Don't be lame.


If I was a well versed writer or of great wit I could ensure that you would enjoy what follows, that's not going to happen. I apologize for my run on sentences and often poorly written descriptions. 

I've always documented my existence through pictures and a well maintained collection of cheap leather photo albums. Now as an adult I have turned a hobby into a profession and turned many of my clients photos into cherished memories. 

This blog is to help me grow as a photographer and person, and in that order as well. I'm consistently learning new things about photography and every day figuring out myself a little more. I hope to share some valuable insights and thoughts with everyone and or entertain you with mishaps or fortunes. 

So now that I'm reading this back to myself all I hear is a crummy foreword by a lesser known person of interest. This is the beginning of my blog, hopefully the content will outweigh grammar and vocabulary.

The best job.

      So as far as i'm concerned one of the best jobs out there is being a photographer.  The harder you work, the more money you make. The more efficient you are, the more money you make. The more creative you are and better at social media you are, the more money you make.  I get to go out there ad do creative things, a dozen times a year or so I get to spend people's happiest day of their lives with them. I will say that having tons of new electronics and toys is a big plus too.

      Right now i'm sick, I have a bad cold and i'm sitting at a Starbucks. I pick Starbucks over a photo studio or my house because i'm essentially paying to be here. I have to make my time count here, I have to do the work. So i'm trying to finish up some edits on my website and engagement photos and wedding photos as well as a few posts on Facebook.  I shot an Arabic wedding last weekend and then six hours later woke up and did a two hour engagement session and then worked my day job for twelve hours or so. It's all very worth it. 

      During my course of edits on my website I realized that I didn't have a blog on my website, well thats not completely correct. I had a blog on my website but it was all very old and I didn't want to share it. I want to keep things fresh on my website, I want new clients and old clients to see only new content on here. So here it is, unpolished and real, expect bad grammar and punctuation.