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Photographing Chicago Mayor Elect, Rahm Emanuel

Photographing Chicago Mayor Elect, Rahm Emanuel
Here is a photograph I took of Rahm, while he stopped by the Illinois Restaurant Association annual meeting Monday night. This moment occurred in less than one second, you just have to be fast to catch the slightest movement. Enjoy! Photograph Copyright Jeff Schear 2011 All Rights Reserved Like what you see? Keep up to... Read more »

Facebook changes photography viewer: protect your images

Mark Zuckerberg may have (allegedly) stolen the idea for facebook, but you don’t have to let other people steal your images…  (screen capture from Facebook) In addition to the larger image size platform, facebook has introduced an option to click-and-download high resolution images. Though the features will be a boon to many users, privacy is... Read more »

Pete Wentz & Ashlee Simpson in Chicago for Ciroc NYE 2010

Pete was back in town for Ciroc the New Year @ Hard Rock Hotel.  All Images Copyright Jeff Schear 2011 All Rights Reserved

When did you know you wanted to become a professional photographer?

I get asked a lot of questions. Some are easy to answer, others require more explanation. Here are my top three. 1. When did you know you wanted to become a professional photographer? 2. Is that a real job? 3. Will you take my picture with my point and shoot? Answers on the next page…... Read more »

The difference between 72 dpi and 300 dpi

Everyone’s tried to print an image off the web, only to notice it looks horrible on paper vs. the screen. Guess what? It’s not your printer, it’s most likely the file, because your file is the wrong dpi/ppi (dots per inch or pixels per inch). Here is a quick print primer lesson from The Photo... Read more »

Photography friends: Dandy or Dangerous?

There’s a line from the film Anchorman, where Vince Vaughn’s character, Wes Mantooth, says to Will Ferrell’s character, Ron Burgundy, “from deep down in my stomach, with every inch of me, I pure, straight hate you. But dammit, do I respect you!” That pretty much sums up a career in commercial photography (a.k.a. the most... Read more »

Better photography on a budget

A few thoughts: At the expense of sounding blatantly politically incorrect, let me share some phrasing with you. “It’s not the arrows, it’s the indians.” Here is the politically correct version: “It’s not the arrows, it’s the Native Americans” (doesn’t have the same ring to it as the politically incorrect version). – Tiger Woods could... Read more »

The inverse square law (why it's not as scary as it sounds)

You know the thing on top of your camera, emitting bursts of light that magically make your subjects in the frame light up, even in a dark club? It’s called a flash and it’s ridiculously amazing. The inverse square law can help you realize the limitations of your flash, all without making your head explode... Read more »

Beware of putting your high res photos on the web

Imagine getting a phone call from a friend traveling through Prague, claiming your family is on a billboard advertisement for a Czech grocery store chain. The problem? You live in Missouri and you’ve never even been out of the country. Well it really happened and it’s a shocking reminder of why you should NEVER post... Read more »

Photograph a lightning strike

I’m about to tell you a super secret awesome trick, no photographer wants you to know. How to photograph a lightning strike. Why? Because all of us photo-ego-maniacs want to make everyone believe we have magical divine powers, enabling us to press the shutter button at the exact right moment. Not so…  Photograph © Jeff... Read more »