Working on New Skills? Look for Signs of Progress

Have you ever started a new creative hobby? Think back to some of your first accomplishments, and how that felt for you. How did that encourage you and propel you forward to keep learning more and doing more? For me and photography, all it took was a piece of paper and a little ink.

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Photos: RAW versus JPG

Is there really a difference, or is shooting in high quality JPG good enough? Continue reading “Photos: RAW versus JPG”

Fall Colors

A few weeks ago my wife and I set out on a spontaneous adventure. That’s pretty unusual for us; we stick to our routine and our schedule pretty well and don’t go outside of it too much. But this year I had learned that people go on “fall color tours” in Michigan, and being from Iowa originally, I had never been on one.

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Fall or Summer?

The weather is pretty unpredictable here in Michigan. Last week was certainly the beginning of fall, with highs in the low 60’s and upper 50’s; this week, though, it’s almost like being back in July. Today reached 75, and tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer. (Okay, maybe not July, but early June at least.)

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Creative Mistakes

Today Nicole and I went out just to have some fun taking photos of each other. We actually both, separately, had the idea to go out this weekend for this, so it worked out great. She knew about this really nice little park about 20 minutes away with a pond and a fountain, lots of trees, very picturesque.  Continue reading “Creative Mistakes”

Pumpkin Spice Pictures

One of Nicole’s dreams for a long time has been to open a healthy bakery. That’s a huge dream, and we’ve slowly begun working toward that through her website We’re going to build this website as an online storefront so she can begin to build an audience who hopefully will one day visit the physical Burly Bison Bakery.

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My first photos

I’ve wanted to get into photography for a few years, I like how images can convey emotion so effectively, and our culture is becoming more visually driven through the Internet.

Last Sunday, I pulled out Nicole’s camera from the closet and asked her how to use it. She had taken a digital photography class in college, and she showed me a few things about aperture and shutter speed. All the buttons and controls seemed pretty overwhelming, but I started looking up basic photography online to learn more.

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