Recent Blog Posts

Low Light Photography Class – Products Discussed

In Part 1 of our photography class, “A Focus On Gear”, we discussed many different products and how to evaluate what will work best for your needs. As promised, here are a list of products and brands that I’ve used over the years, and some comments on each.

Low Light Photography Class – Products Discussed

In Part 1 of our photography class, "A Focus On Gear", we discussed many different products and how to evaluate ...
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Photography Travel Packing List

Checklists are lifesavers. Checking a list can make sure you don't arrive in Belize with a perfectly good camera and ...
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Branding History of HoustonPhotowalks.com

Since the day I started the group in June of 2009, HoustonPhotowalks.com has been a real blast. There are hundreds ...
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The Art Car Parade and your Special Needs Child – Tips and a Treasure Hunt

Houston has an amazing Art Car Parade each year. Its usually in the spring, and you can read more about ...
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Tips for getting the most out of your Autism Playgroup Sessions

Many people join Autism support groups such as the one my wife and I host, AutismHouston.com, and then don't actually ...
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My Backup Workflow for Large File Repositories

We shift files back and forth trying to find the best backup strategy. But the activity of moving files around ...
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Class: 12 MORE Ways to Improve your Photography

In this class, we will walk through and examine 12 MORE examples of photography techniques that can bring out the ...
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Class: 12 Ways to Improve your Photography (Camera 101)

Interested in learning how to break away from "Auto" mode, and express your creativity by mastering more advanced modes?  In ...
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Class: Photographing Textures and Patterns

This class is about photographing textures that surround us! As we begin to focus on the "Artistic", we will have ...
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Is Autism Support being Roadblocked by parents?

10 years ago when Marty and I first started our journey as parents of a non-verbal, extremely anxious child, we ...
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How To Fix Broken Google Webmaster Tools for Meetup.com

For years, meetup.com let us use "custom domains". As part of their rebranding and refocus efforts, they are doing away ...
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Sharing Images on Facebook Groups (most bang per share)

Get the most out of your Facebook Image Posts (and keep from getting ignored) As a member and admin of ...
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Class: Understanding White Balance

Class Description White Balance is a fundamental photography concept, but it's often not discussed -- or discussed incorrectly -- in ...
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Class: Demystifying How to Buy a DSLR Lens

Class Description Sometimes people ask me "what lens should I buy". I joke that picking a new lens is harder ...
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The “Nice Shot” Comment Myth

Don't let the Comment Haters slow you down. Most people appreciate and maybe even crave feedback, especially positive. When it ...
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Safer Lightroom Catalog Backups

Backups are crazy important. No matter how "good" hardware gets, nothing is 100% reliable. So everyone should have two backup ...
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For the Casual Camping Photographer – A Shopping List

Ok, I'll admit it ... Taking folks to places they would otherwise never visit, or even know about, is a ...
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Using an iPhone / iPad for Document Storage

The iBooks App Many folks know that their iPhone and iPad can read books using the iBook App from the ...
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I Can Never Return to that Pawnshop Again …

Administrators: Force Secure Passwords Because Users are Lazy. This is the story of how a stolen laptop and a careless ...
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Distilling the Scott Kelby anti-Drobo Comments

Genesis Yesterday I posted about Scott Kelby's blog post, I'm Done with drobo. Although I am one of the folks ...
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My Drobo is About To Die! (But That’s Ok)

Recently, Scott Kelby posted his angst against with the Drobo Storage Device, concluding that he's "Done with Drobo". His post ...
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Forcing Drupal into Perpetual Cron Jobs

Something went screwy. That's the shortest explanation I can provide. To fix it, I had to run the Drupal Cron ...
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Shooting in the Rain (on a Budget)

UPDATE I have updated this with some more recent rain-shoot images/portraits. But more importantly, at the very bottom I included ...
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Tips for Shooting Zombies (and Zombie Lightroom Presets)

For photographers wanting to break out of their creative box, this is a great time of year. Halloween is a ...
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ScreenScraping – Classic ASP Code I Can’t Bear to Throw Away

Having written code for as long as I have, there's quite a bit of "old" garbage that is completely useless ...
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Parsing HTML Text – Removing Unneeded Tags (More Classic ASP)

More classic ASP code that may help someone trying to repair a legacy system. This little function was a nifty way ...
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