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Next Class Announced!!

Improve you photography NOW!

The next class has been scheduled.  It wil be Thursday April 21st and Thursday April 28th from 7-9:30 pm at Bentley Common's Media room.  1604 Graves Mill Rd.  Lynchburg, VA.   The cost for both sessions is $50.00   For more information check out  or call 434 660 4394.  Class size is small and you will learn more about taking good pictures.  As Stephanie one of my students said:    LOVED the class and can't wait until next week!

Come and join for some fun and learning!!

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New Photography class announced!

April's photography class dates have been sent.  April 21st and 28th.  7-9:30 pm.  Bentley Commons, 1604 Graves Mill Rd.  Lynchburg, VA.   For more information or    cost $50

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Photography class tonight

Excited about the class tonight.  Phone call from a stuedent at the last minute this afternoon  " I need to learn to tame this beast"  Hopefully, the beast will be tamed and good pictures will be taken.  The next classes will be 4/21 & 4/28  See    for details. 

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Bridal Show at Mariners Landing Smith Mountain Lake

BRIDES Next event–Sunday March 6 – Second Annual Bridal Experience at Mariners Landing – 12 – 5 pm – Free drawings, prizes and get a chance to see premier Central VA wedding vendors. Free admission for Brides. Join us Sunday at this beautiful, scenic venue. Http:// D.R Gardner Photography will be exhibiting.  It will be a rainy day, but it will be fun inside the hall.

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New class scheduled

Improve your Photography Now March 17th and 24th 7-9:30 pm

Bentley Commons,  1604 Graves Mill Rd. Lynchburg, VA

Interested in Photography? Beginner? Or just want to take better pictures? This your opportunity to learn the basics of photography and tips on how to create fantastic photographs.
Limited class size so you must register in advance. Cost $ 50 for two sessions 3/17 & 3/24/11  register at

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Birthday wish list-camera that shoots 2000 frames a second

I really do not need anything, I am greatly blessed. However, it would be fun to get a camera that shoots pictures at 2000 frames a second.
So this is what popcorn looks like?

My grandson’s model rocket at 7fps is a poor comparison, but still gives you the sense of motion and speed.

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Happy New Year

As the year comes to a close, I want to thank all my friends and family who have helped me make 2010 a success. I could not have done it without you. May 2011 be filled with joy, peace and good health to all. And as there is a little Irish in all of us (a bit more in me I am afraid) here is a blessing for us all:

May your joys be as bright as the morning,

And your sorrows merely be shadows that fade,

In the sunlight of love.

May you have enough

happiness to keep you sweet.

Enough trials to keep you strong.

Enough sorrows to keep you human.

Enough hope to keep you happy.

Enough failure to keep you humble.

Enough success to keep you eager.

Enough friends to give you comfort.

Enough faith and courage in yourself to banish sadness.

Enough wealth to meet your needs.

And one thing more: enough

determination to make each day a more wonderful day

than the day before.

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Taking photos of Lunar Eclipse

If you are planning on getting up between 1:35 am and 3:33 am to take a photo of the lunar eclipse here are a few tips.
1. Fully charged battery
2. If possible, get camera cool (trunk or garage)
3. If you do not have a tripod, your shutter speed should be 1/over focal length of lens i.e. if you have a 200 mm telephoto, then shoot 1/200 or 1/250 which means you will most like have to push the ISO of your camera up.
4. If you have a tripod, please use it. Slow down the shutter speed and reduce the ISO. The moon is so far away it will be easy to get into focus.
4. Shoot manual, and expose 1 or 1/2 f stops less than meter suggests. i.e. if your camera says f 3.5 try f4 or f4.5 In the middle of the eclipse, bracket, change shutter speeds slower and faster. If you are at 1/60th shoot one at 1/30 and another at 1/15 and one at 1/125 and another at 1/500 for a total of 5 shots.
If this sounds like Greek to you, consider joining my basic photography class January 18th and 25th. More under classes on my web page.
Good luck, and in you are in VA, hopefully there will be no clouds.

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Winter photography tips

Snow makes a great subject. Despite the gray skies, there are always interesting subjects.
A couple of tips to help reduce frustration. Try not taking your camera from a warm house directly outside as the lens can get fogged up, just like your glasses.
Let the camera cool, put it in the trunk of your car for an hour or so.
Batteries do not like the cold. Be sure to start with a fully charged battery an if possible keep a spare with you. Try keeping the spare battery warm, in a pocket inside your coat.
If the sky is gray, try keeping it out of your picture.
Ordinary items look very different covered in snow, do not be afraid to experiment.

Bike in snow

Stay warm and keep shooting.

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How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

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