Articles by Asakalaskas

How to Shoot the Aurora: 10 Tips from an Alaskan

 Being born and raised in Northern Alaska the first question anyone asks me whenever they find out where I live is, "Do you see the aurora?!!".The answer is yes, and even after all these years I still am awestruck by it.Those nights where they're especially spectacular I try and remind myself of the frequent tourists I meet who have saved for years to come here, only hoping to catch a glimpse of what I can walk on my front door and see a solid 8 months of the year.They're efforts are sometimes... continue reading

Handy Photography Cheat Sheets is a handy link to some visual cheat sheets that will be highly beneficial for beginners in understanding many basic photography principals including manual settings & exposure, angles, focal lengths, aperture, ISO, shutter speed, histogram deciphering, shooting modes, depth of field, cropping, lighting and much more.For those of you (like me) who get bored reading about these things in long winded, technically over worded articles... continue reading

100 Files On Line

Today I had my 100th file approved!! Compared with some that might seem like a fairly small number, but for me it's a milestone.It's fitting it was of the new addition to our family, frankly he's a photographers goldmine!! Here is to the next milestone, 500, and hoping it doesn't take me quite as long to reach the next one. continue reading

10 Tips for Beginners (Like Me)

These are just a few tips I've found have been very helpful for me over the last year as I learned and continue to learn, what drastically helps me get the end result I want.1. Don't go crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away.I used a mediocre DSLR for the last two years, I took the time to really figure out how it worked, what features I wished I had, and which I basically didn't care about.Once I felt I had a good handle on what I really wanted, I made the jump to much more... continue reading

AF Micro Adjustments- Handy Tool

This simple tool will help to assist in the procedure of micro adjustments, and you can download it here here. It should be displayed on an LCD screen a 100% zoom setting, so at native size.It works by exploiting the interference patterns, or moiré, between the R/G/B LCD elements and the camera's LCD elements when directly viewed with Live View. With good optics and perfect focus, the moiré is maximized. Depending on shooting distance, choose the Live View zoom setting (full, 5x 10x) that shows... continue reading

Finally making the jump to full frame!!!

After waiting for over a year to see what Canon would produce with their Mark III, I've finally made the jump and ordered a Mark II for a drastic upgrade.While I have no doubt the III is going to be a mind blowing peice of equipment, I think for my particular situation it's a bit overkill and I'm sure I'llbe perfectly happy with the II for a $1000 savings. I can't wait to get my 16-35 on a full frame finally.In the meantime I'll be the one with my face pressed against my front door window eagerly... continue reading

The results of going exclusive.....

I read a lot of the threads about going exclusive before I decided if I should or not.After consideration of both sides I decided it was a good move for me and made the jump.All I know is since I did so the middle of August my sales and views have quadrupled.The attached photo sold today for my biggest sale yet (7 credits).I completely understand those who are in this to make sums large enough to actually pay some bills may have very valid justification to have multiple carriers for their... continue reading

So Close Yet So Far Away....

This site is addictive, first you wait for that 1st approved photo, then your first sale, then your first referral, now I'm trying to break that magic 50 mark so I can apply for exclusivity.It has so far eluded me, but I'm determined!!!I have no illusions of making a million here, but it is fun and highly educational to see what photos sell, which tank, and my technical apptitude has already dramatically increased.Dreamstime has been by far the most user friendly of microstock sites I've... continue reading

Photography Quotes

Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.~Ansel AdamsIt's weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don't even amount to a couple of hours.~James Lalropui KeivomThere are always two people in every picture:the photographer and the viewer.~Ansel AdamsI think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather... continue reading

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