How to Pick the Right Studio Lights | Studio Photography

My name is Chris Ryan. I’m a photographer. We’re here at my studio, Chris Ryan Photography, in northwest Portland. If you’d like to see more of my work, please visit my website at chrisryanphoto.com, or if you’d like to follow my daily activities, go to my Facebook page, Chris Ryan Photography in Portland, Oregon. Today,…

Prime Lenses vs. Zoom Lenses | Digital Cameras

There’s a couple of different kinds of lenses out there. The two specific distinctions are zoom lenses and prime lenses. The difference between them is really simple. Prime lens is just one focal length. In this lens’s case this is an 85mm portrait lens. This is a zoom lens and its focal length is 70-200.…

Storage & Memory Card Options | Digital Cameras

So if you’re shooting photos with a digital camera chances are you’re going to need a memory card. There are a lot of different kinds of memory cards out there but the two most popular formats are something called CF which stands for Contact Flash, looks something like this. Most DSLR’s and professional level gear…

Studio Photography with Chris Ryan | Studio Photography

My name is Chris Ryan…I’m a photographer. We’re here at my studio, Chris Ryan photography in northwest Portland. Most of what I do happens here in this space. I’m lucky to be in a building that has one of the premier rental sound stage facilities in the northwest. So if it’s a big item, then…

What’s a Beginner Digital Camera Kit? | Digital Cameras

Another question I often get is from beginner photographers regarding what gear they should buy and how to get started in photography. Thankfully all the big manufacturers have really well priced DSLRs that a lot of times will come with a kit lens for a pretty good bargain. Canon for instance has the T2I, the…

How to Take a Group Portrait | Digital Cameras

Good group photography can be challenging because the more people you put into a frame, the harder it’s going to be to get everybody to smile, everybody to loosen up, everybody to have their eyes open. So the trick I always use is I’ll rattle off a bunch of frames. For example, this image here…

How to Use Macro Modes & Lenses | Digital Cameras

Another really popular form of photography is macro photography, which is essentially close up photography. It’s kind of a confusing term because it’s really in theory very similar to what a microscope does and that is bring something very small in to much larger focus. When shooting macro images it’s important to remember that you’re…

How to Set Up a Portrait Studio | Studio Photography

My name is Chris Ryan. I’m a photographer. We’re here at my studio, Chris Ryan Photography, in northwest Portland. If you’d like to see more of my work, please visit my website at chrisryanphoto.com, or if you’d like to follow my daily activities, go to my Facebook page, Chris Ryan Photography in Portland, Oregon. Today,…

Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) | Digital Cameras

Embedded in every photograph you take with a digital camera is something called EXIF data. What EXIF data physically is a record of all the settings that your camera had when you made that image, things like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, color space. Some cameras will even geo-tag your location of where the image was…

How to Hack Your On-Board Flash | Digital Cameras

Nearly every digital camera out there has an on board pop up flash. This camera is no exception. Truthfully though, it’s kind of a little dirty so you go to the camera industry and these flashes are really God awful for lighting your subject well. It’s just straight on, blinding light that generally washes out…