Category Archives: Articles


Smartphone Photography in a Pinch

Sometimes the best camera you’ve got is the one you have with you. That was the case while I was eating lunch recently. Visiting Glacier National Park in Montana was an amazing experience. The nature […]

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70th Anniversary of The La Grange Pet Parade

  2016 marked the 70th Anniversary of the La Grange Pet Parade.  To celebrate I decided to take my 8mm lens and my VR tripod head to the parade.  I was glad to be pulling […]

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Taking NIK Software Plugins For A Test Drive

A friend convinced me I should download the trial version of NIK Software’s six plugins.  I had read many positive reviews of some of the plug-ins including Silver EFEX Pro 2 for black and white […]

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Pano2VR Version 5 Review, Quick VR Solution

Pano2VR version 5.0 was released in February 2016. The latest version provides a fresh new interface that simplifies the process of creating great immersive content. After about 6 weeks of use I wanted to share […]

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Making Maple Syrup At Fullersburg Woods

  This weekend was the annual Maple Syrup weekend at Fullersburg Woods in Du Page county.  It was a great chance to take my 4 year old to see how maple syrup is made.  I remember going […]

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QNAP RAID Hard Drive Failure

I’ve been using QNAP NAS devices for probably 6 or 7 years now.  I’m currently on my second QNAP NAS. I upgraded my first device to a TS-219P II  after I ran out of storage. […]

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NIK Collection Review, Great Tools for Fast Results

I’ve been using NIK software for about 3 years as part of my toolbox. I thought it was time to final write up a NIK collection review for anyone considering dropping $149 for the software.  It’s […]

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Changing Your Angle for a Better Christmas Photo of Santa

  From my own childhood I have plenty of deer-in-headlights photos with Santa.  Why is it that at such a great photo moment every parent seems to grab that same photo.  Maybe its just because […]

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Travel Photography: 10 Things to Check Before You Go

I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my years of travel photography.  Malcom Gladwell said it best that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert.  While I’m sure I haven’t reached the […]

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5 Tips for Great Photos in a Crowded Tourist Spots

Crowded tourist locations can be the death of a photographer.  Too many people, lots of visual distractions and cheap tacky gift stores can ruin what would have been an outstanding photo.  If you are looking to […]

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