Monthly Archives: November 2013

Stay Focused Guides – free download

tips and techniques for popular DSLRs

Since 1978, we’ve published hundreds of books including the seven books below – for users of popular DSLR cameras.

Today we decided to make these PDF formatted eBooks available free of charge to anyone who wants to download a copy. Don’t fret if you have a different model camera than those below since the problem solving techniques described in the book are similar for almost any advanced camera.

* Canon XS
* Canon XSi
* Canon T2i
* Nikon D40
* Nikon D60
* Nikon D3000
* Nikon D5000

These are full, complete books to help you solve common shooting problems. Each chapter has easy to follow steps with camera settings for turning problematic “before” pictures into gallery-quality “after” photographs.

The printed edition of these books sell for $22.95. You can download the PDF edition right now free of charge.

There is no obligation, but if you’re so inclined we’d like you to subscribe to our newsletter if you want to see what other tips, techniques, reviews and lots of other “things photographic” are coming from Stay Focused.

To get a free download, please visit our Stay Focused site.

PhotoPlus Expo – what’s new?

Last month while I was in New York I was invited to cover the PhotoPlus Expo at Javits Convention Center. I’ve been a regular visitor at the show for the past five years or so and it’s always exciting for me to wander the aisles to see what’s new and interesting.

I have written a series of articles on some of the neat stuff that I saw and rather than repeat them here, I’ll send you over to our Stay Focused site.

Fuji Instant Camera – the Instax Mini 90 is a throwback to the “Polaroid era”.

Nikon 1 AW1 – an incredible interchangeable lens camera that’s waterproof to 50 ft and more.

Sony A7 – an exciting full-frame mirrorless with high powered features.

Joby accessories – a hand grip/shoulder strap combo to lessen the load.

Tamron Zipshot – one of the lightest and easy to set up tripods that you can carry anywhere.

Leica X2 – a new, high-end and fashionable APS-C sized mirrorless camera that carries carries a great cachet.

Hufa holder – avoid losing your lens cap with this ingenious accessory

Triggertrap Redsnap – a versatile high speed trigger with interchangeable sensors for most cameras and flashes.

Please feel free to wander over to my Stay Focused site, if you’re inclined.

MakerBot’s 3D Printer

At this year’s Consumer Electronic Show I became quite interested in 3D printing technology. A couple of months later, I visited MakerBot’s store in New York City for a one-on-one demonstration. When I left, my wallet was lighter (to the tune of $2500).

Since then I’ve become a fan of this relatively new technology. Having used it for a few months, I think these amazing devices will be commonplace in a few years.

If you’d like a little background information on the model which I bought – Replicator 2, I’m going to send you over to our other Stay Focused site for some quick reading.

Read about MakerBot’s Replicator 2

Wait! – It’s not Winter Yet

I’m Not Quite Ready for the White Stuff

Just the other day I’m talking about the colorful Fall. And then some cold and blustery weather rudely interrupts my plans to get the house winterized. It’s early November and the snow outside is blowing sideways.

What’s a person to do who hasn’t yet raked all of the leave, secured the storm windows, retrieved the snow-melt from the garage and checked out the snow blower?

Well, I didn’t panic. Wearing neither my heavy duty coat nor warm gloves, I grabbed my camera to get a few shots of the white stuff.

For all of my complaining, once I’m outside I kind of like exploring the moisture-laden outdoors.


Maybe you can detect that I’m being a little facetious here.

I spent only a few minutes outdoors walking in the yard to take these photos. Yet they’ve recorded what my day was like. As I move from one photo to another I feel the snow falling on my face, my frosty fingers wiping droplets from my glasses, my shoulders shrugging to keep the cold air from rushing down my collar.

Regardless of the weather – rain or snow; sunny or cloudy; hot or cold; – there’s opportunity awaiting you to capture the moment in pictures.


Veteran’s Day

Today is Veteran’s Day.

Veteran’s Day is a time to thank and honor the millions of men and women who are currently serving or have served our country over the centuries.

Hundreds of thousands of our dedicated men and women are serving in the military at this very moment. They serve in many places around the globe and many of them are in harm’s way.

Below are a few of our family members who have served. I’m happy that we saved all of these photographs with which to remember their military days. Unfortunately, I am missing photos of several other uncles, cousins and in-laws who served in the Navy and Army.

BTW, that’s my uncle holding me

Army Reunion some 50 yrs later

American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer Normandy, France

I’d like to express my deep appreciation to the millions of military men and women who have given much to us so that we can enjoy the freedom that is America.

Fall is Here

But don’t put your Camera Away Just Yet

When Fall arrives, many of us like to cuddle up in the warm house and wait it out until Spring arrives. This is one way to avoid the cold, but certainly not the only way.

But the sun was brightly shining today. And although the temperature wasn’t exactly warm, the clear skies and slight breeze was perfect for those of us who were charged with putting the outdoor furniture away, rake the multiple of leaves and clean the yard ahead of the next season’s snow.

But after completing the chores, the splendid colors called out to me to take a few snapshots. So inside I went to retrieve one of the cameras.

I slowly walked around the house and in a quick ten minutes my session was complete. In no time at all I had taken a few fall photos to “brighten up” my day.

What can I say except “shake off those winter blahs” for at least a few more weeks. There’s plenty of days where they’ll be sun and at least a hint of warmth to make your outdoors bright and colorful.