Fall colors – an october photo walk

October Photo Walk: Fall Colors

First, let’s talk about the Fall. Many consider it to be the most beautiful time of the year! As our first reference tells us, “Gorgeous colors vibrantly encoring the end of summer as the trees put themselves to bed for the long sleep of winter.”

What happens that makes the leaves turn to such vibrant and beautiful colors? It all starts with photosynthesis. Leaves typically produce their vivid hues of green from spring through summer into early fall through the constant creation of Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the key component in a plant’s ability to turn sunlight into glucose (a sugar), which in turn feeds the tree. Many millions of these Chlorophyll cells saturate the leaves, ultimately making them appear green to the eye.

Present in leaves and trees are other colored substances. As the Fall days begin to get shorter and shorter, the production of Chlorophyll slows to a halt. As the Chlorophyll disappears the other colors present in the leaves begin to appear. Actually, without the presence of Chlorophyll in the leaf, the bright golds, reds, yellows, and browns would be the natural colors seen year round. Read more about how it all happens here. You will have to click the address below to reach the page.

https://smokymountains.com/area/ and click on the Fall Foliage Map

And now that we’ve talked about Fall, let’s get back to how it looks. The next few photos come from a 23 photo slide show you can see at the link below. These photos were taken in the Southern USA at the very beginning of the season of change and give a strong hint of what is to come.
































As we head a bit further north we see that colors are more present since the sun stopped creating our green color sooner. Here are two photos taken recently in Pennsylvania.






You can see more of this set of photos at:

And now into New England we see that peak foliage season is already here.




See more New England photos in the slide show at:

Now that we’ve seen the range of colors that appear in the Fall let’s get out this weekend and see how our regions’ colors are developing.

Let us know what you see.

Walter Krieg

Food photography with the NY times food photographer


We know that quite a few of our dotPhoto clients and visitors are food and cooking enthusiasts. I must confess that I am one as well having worked in the restaurant industry for a number of years. One of the things that always concerned me was food presentation. I always wanted our dishes to look as well as taste great.

Once I became interested in photos I started to notice that food photos could be quite attractive and even mouth watering. And, you may recall that we published a blog in August that spoke of the literally millions of food photos now residing on the Internet. In that article we featured a California-based food photographer by the name of Lisa Gershman and her West Coast style.

Since then we’ve kept our eyes open for another expert opinion on food photography. We also thought it would be fun to get a point of view from someone here on the East Coast. As luck would have it we came across this article about techniques to be learned in food photography from none other than the food photographer from the New York Times, Andrew Scrivani. Mr. Scrivani is not the author of our featured article but he is the source of the knowledge that our author, Robin De Clerq was able to gather.

Here’s a quote from Robin’s article that lets us in on Mr. Scrivani’s core beliefs as a food photographer. “The more intimate you are with your subject matter, the better your photography is going to be.” And more, “Food photography is three dimensional art. It has a structure, and you have to photograph it that way.” Here’s one of Mr. Scrivani’s photos. More can be seen and learned in the article linked below the photo.


What I Learned About Food Photography from Having Dinner with NY Times Food Photographer Andrew Scrivani

Let us know what you think.

Walter Krieg

Analog photo techniques you should know

Here are 9 Analog Photography Techniques you’ll want to know

Historically the idea of capturing images and finding a way to keep them has been around for many years. When I came across the analog photography methods we present here I decided to look more closely at the origins to see what brought us here.

I learned from this reference (http://inventors.about.com/od/pstartinventions/a/stilphotography.htm) that the word Photography is derived from the Greek words photos (“light”) and graphein (“to draw”). It was coined by the scientist Sir John F.W. Herschel in 1839 to describe a method of recording images by the action of light on a sensitive material. But the use of cameras dates much further back.

Alhazen (Ibn Al-Haytham), was a great authority on optics who lived around 1000AD and invented the first pinhole camera, also called the Camera Obscura, and was able to explain why the images were upside down. But it wasn’t until 1827 that the first true photographic image was created. Joseph Nicephore Niepce created sun prints as they were called by letting light draw the picture. And we’ve progressed from there.

On our way to current cameras and photographic techniques we passed through an era that saw us create many different and interesting techniques for creating photos. They included the nine methods you can explore in the article we feature here. The methods described and discussed include:







And Photogravure among others



You can see the styles and efforts and techniques used to create them in this article.

Let us know what you think.

Walter Krieg

Turn your smartphone camera into a pro camera

7 Ways to turn your smartphone camera into a professional camera

With the release this year of many new smart phones including Samsung and Apple models we are seeing the first appearance of truly powerful cameras in these mobile devices. Historically almost all of us have taken our serious photos with, if not a DSLR or SLR, a point-and-click digital camera. Mobile phone cameras usually were taken out when we were just having some fun or caught unprepared for picture taking. Well…not anymore.

Now that we know we can use our mobile phones for serious photo taking we thought we might do well to look at what we might need to equip it with. And, given the relatively small sizes of these devices, we believed there would be a good chance that the accessories we might want to equip ourselves with would be smaller than and easier to transport about than those we’re used to using with our DSLR and related cameras.

We have been keeping our eyes open for recommended accessories and even before the recent release of the iPhone 7 came across this article that directed us to what we think are quality tools. Here are a few photos of the equipment followed by a link to the article they appear in.

Note that we’re not promoting the specific accessories shown here, but you can get an idea of some of the tools available and extend your search from there. Oh, I won’t be investing in the drone.

Here’s a good sized tripod


And an all-in-one lens


You can see the recommended accessories in this article and then look around for yourself. When we come across other models and types we’ll let you know.


Walter Krieg

Taking pictures changes your experience

How taking pictures of what you are doing changes your experience of it

Almost everywhere I go outside of work and no matter what I’m doing I find many folks with cell phones in hand and snapping photos. Simply walking down the street or sitting in a restaurant reveals a significant number of people engrossed in their cell phones and often taking photos with no conversation taking place. I’ve become somewhat judgmental about this because I think it distracts the person and keeps them from participating in whatever their group is up to…unless they’re all snapping away or playing pokemon go. And, for all you parents out there, I’m not even talking about having the phones out while doing homework.

Lately though I’ve begun to question my thinking. Given how many people are into this can it be that it’s always a bad idea to be disengaged, or at least appear that way? Might there be times when snapping away might even add to the experience?

I began to look for what people involved in social research thought about this picture taking and, sure enough it isn’t as clear cut as I thought.

Here’s what a few researchers from well known universities have to say after conducting tests. Kristin Diehl, PhD (University of Southern California), Gal Zauberman, PhD (Yale University), and Alixandra Barasch, PhD (University of Pennsylvania), conducted studies with over 2,000 participants and the results led them to believe that in certain cases taking photographs can enhance the experience.

While this article doesn’t include photos taken in the study you may get an idea of what they sometimes mean from this photo which is included in the article and decide to read more about how taking photos during an activity affects our experience.


The researchers conducted nine different experiments. Read about their work here:

and here,


Walter Krieg

Cameras highlight the new iPhone 7s

The most talked about features of the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the brand new camera systems

Here at dotPhoto we focus much of our attention on mobile devices and how our dotPhoto website supports them. As an example you may be aware of our newly released dotPhoto iPhone app which you can learn about here (http://support.dotphoto.com/support/solutions/articles/4000086457-how-does-the-dotphoto-iphone-app-work-). So you shouldn’t be surprised that we are closely watching the release of the new iPhone 7s to learn what they can do that we might be excited about.

As it turns out our waiting is not in vain. One of the most talked about new features, if not THE most talked about new features, are the cameras on both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.

The Internet has been inundated with articles about the new iPhones. Given the sheer volume we thought we could support our dotPhoto community by finding articles representative of the opinions of the iPhone 7 camera reviewers. Our reading led us to a number of articles that we felt expressed the majority views of the new cameras. These positive articles will help you get a good feel for the new cameras and, hopefully, help you decide if one of these new iPhones is right for you.

First we see what three Pros have to say about the cameras in general followed by an article that gets deeper under the hood to tell us how they are able to perform their new and improved functions. Our third article focuses on one of the most talked about features, the ability of the cameras to perform in low levels of light seen here at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. And our final article is an in-depth overall review from the respected Wired Magazine publication.

Here’s a photo from the low light article that I hope will give you an idea of what our author means. After that find links to the articles.


Article 1: http://time.com/4481849/iphone-7-photography/
Article 2: http://petapixel.com/2016/09/07/iphone-7-7-plus-announced-dual-cameras-zoom-bokeh/
Article 3: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/09/12/iphone-7s-much-improved-low-light-photography-comes-into-focus-at-u-s-open/
Article 4: https://www.wired.com/2016/09/review-apple-iphone-7-7-plus/?mbid=nl_91316_p3&CNDID=30574892

Walter Krieg

Aerial photography – why shoot aerials?

The good, the bad and the ugly of aerial photography

A few years ago my young daughter and I flew out to visit my sister in Colorado. While planning the trip I picked up an inexpensive camera for my daughter so she could take pictures of anything she might want to. She practiced a little at home and got comfortable using the camera. I thought that once we arrived in Colorado she’d get a kick out of photographing our family, as well as the mountains and other landscape that is so much different from the area around our New Jersey home.

When we got to the airport she started to take pictures in the terminal. She said that she liked seeing all the people racing about trying to make their flights. Once we boarded the plane she put the camera down and settled in to her window seat. After we were in the air a while I noticed she had taken out the camera again and was looking out the window. As we got out past the plains and she began to see mountains she began to snap away. We were sitting close to the wing so the photos all had the plane in them but they did get the idea of the height and the breadth of the aerial view across to those who she showed the photos to.

This got me thinking about the potential beauty of aerial photos, something my family and I don’t really get a chance to take. Recently I came across an article about taking aerial photos and I was truly able to see how grand these photos could be.

The photographer is a professional by the name of Erez Marom who, by his own account, became a serious aerial photographer about 3 years ago. Here’s some of what Erez has to say and a few of the photos from the two articles in this series:

“Man has always had the dream of flight – but so has the photographer…My experiences have mostly been amazing but admittedly not always so, and I’ve come to wonder what makes photography flights in different settings so… well, different.”


“Aerial photography can be wonderful and exhilarating, but it can also be disappointing if you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into.”

Take a look at a photo from each of the two articles and then visit Erez’s articles linked to below.


And from the second


If you find these photographs interesting and even a bit exhilarating visit Mr. Marom’s posts at the following links:



Walter Krieg