Happy New Year to one and all!

I hope everyone had a great night doing whatever it is you like to do on New Year’s Eve.  Adriana and I went out to watch the fireworks after a nice home made dinner with her parents.  I brought my camera and tripod for the fireworks show and we setup camp like we did two years before.

And it struck me once again how incredibly difficult it can be to get good pictures of fireworks!  I’ve often struggled with this and I feel pretty confident in using my camera, so it got me thinking about the mass of people standing around us pointing their cameras in the air in “auto” mode and wondering why the pictures weren’t coming out.  Yes some cameras have a “Fireworks” mode but I find that it’s often a shot in the dark (no pun intended).  So I’ve created a short tutorial on how to take photos of fireworks; you can find it here in the tutorials section.

This brings me to two other quick points I wanted to make – one of my personal New Year’s resolutions is to keep maintaining this blog more regularly and I’ve set a goal of writing at least one tutorial per month (hopefully two).  I think this is realistic and will keep me focused on learning new things as well.  I’m also slowly branching into video so who knows, maybe as I butcher away my first few videos some of you can learn from my mistakes!

And finally many of you know that my wife is now 9 months pregnant – we’re a week away from the due date.  To document our future as parents (and all the trials and tribulations that go along with that seismic shift) we’ve embarked on a joint 365 Instagram project.  The hashtag is #365Everywhere if you’d like to take a look.  We’ll also be posting the photos to my Flickr page as well if you’d like to check them out.  A few years back I did a series of 365 projects and found them to be invaluable in improving my photography skills and can’t recommend it enough if you’ve got a new DSLR for the holidays.  You can see my previous 365 projects here and here

So here’s to a successful year in 2013 – I wish everyone health and happiness and I hope you take your best photos yet this year!

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