Archive: Photography

Hogwarts Castle Photo Tour

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  5 Comments

This post offers a photo tour of Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Japan, both inside and outside, to showcase this impressive feat of theme park design. This castle is home to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Japan theme parks. All of the interior […]

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Yosemite National Park Photo Spots & Tips

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  22 Comments

Yosemite National Park is quite possibly the most beautiful location in all of California (or even the United States) with great options for photography ranging from unique mountains to rivers to waterfalls to even gorgeous lodging. It’s truly an oasis for landscape photographers, and it’s no surprise that it draws us in herds. If you’ve […]

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Tips for Photographing Sunsets

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  3 Comments

Sunset landscape scenes can make for some of the most beautiful photography subjects, and this guide will offer you tips for taking better photos of sunsets. Sunset photography can be really challenging, as it (along with sunrise) is typically the time of day when there is the most dynamic range in a single scene. Add […]

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5 Great Photography Uses for Neutral Density Filters

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  14 Comments

In the digital age, there are few filters for photography that can’t be replicated in post-processing. Neutral density filters are one such filter, and while they are commonly used to allow using a wide-open aperture in bright sunlight, I prefer using them on a tripod to take longer exposures, for the purposes of playing with […]

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Paris, France Photo Spots & Tips

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  13 Comments

Paris, France is the “City of Lights,” but it might as well be the city of classic beauty. Photographing Paris is a delight for photographers, as the city has so much variety and incredible architecture, among other things, that it’s almost difficult to capture a bad photo. If you’re considering a trip to Paris, this […]

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Tips for Night Photography

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  11 Comments

Taking photos at night can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have the right equipment. This post covers what you need to know about nighttime photography, what equipment you need, and some best practices to get great photos at night! Nighttime photography can be intimidating, especially for beginner and novice photographers. The primary reason […]

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Tips For Taking Photos Into The Sun

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  7 Comments

Shooting into direct sunlight can make for intriguing and compelling photos. This post covers techniques for taking photos when shooting into the sun, recommended settings when taking photos into the sun, and what to avoid. Depending upon your perspective, this may not seem like all that earth-shattering of advice–it may be your standard practice, anyway. […]

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Sony a7R II Landscape Photos

Posted on Mar 6, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  3 Comments

I’ve been using my Sony a7R II for nearly 2 months now, and while I’ve listed it as the camera used in a few blog posts on TravelCaffeine, I haven’t mentioned why it’s the camera I’m using instead of my Nikons. I did that in my Why I’m Going Mirrorless: Volume I post over on […]

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Yosemite Firefall Photography Tips

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography, Points of Interest  •  14 Comments

Yosemite National Park’s Firefall at Horsetail Fall is a natural phenomenon that can be seen for a couple of weeks each year in late-February, assuming ample water flow. This post highlights some of my tips for photographing the Firefall, based upon my recent trip to Yosemite Valley to see and photograph it. Made famous by […]

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Merry Christmas from Crystal Cove!

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  2 Comments

Well, Merry¬†belated¬†Christmas, that is. Yesterday, we headed to Crystal Cove State Park to see some of the vintage-inspired holiday decor and enjoy a “traditional” white (sand) Christmas. I think it’s going to take years to get used to trading in the snow and evergreens of the Midwest for the beaches and palms of Southern California, […]

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