Everyone wants crisper, clearer pictures with better color.  We know.  At PAUL’S PHOTO and the Creative Photo Academy we hear the request fifty times every day!  Improving the resolution of your photos (the amount of fine detail) is a lofty, yet quite attainable goal for every photographer.

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What’s Easiest?

“Capture Best Quality” settings on your digital camera will vastly improve your picture quality.  Capture and save the maximum amount of digital data.  Select the greatest number of pixels and save the most data by saving photos as Fine JPG.  Better yet, if you have the computer skills choose RAW!   Don’t over-do your ISO setting.  Yes, you need 3200 ISO to shoot indoors without flash but 200 or 400 ISO makes much clearer photos for your normal outdoor photos.

“Get Focused” on your main subject.  Be sure the “focus spot” on your camera selects the person or item of interest for your picture.  Next, hold the camera rock-steady.  Yes, the shake reduction technology helps, but nothing makes crisper pictures than a sold three point grip!  Hold the camera tightly with two hands, tuck your elbows into your sides (squeezing your ribs) and GENTLY squeeze the shutter release (picture button) while holding your breath.  You’ll see better results right away!

“Print Better Prints” Yes, bigger pictures are better.  Today we are used to seeing our photos on the phone, iPad, computer screen or even the TV.  See how much crisper they look printed and hanging on the wall!  Whether you are printing at home or having “the lab” do-it… you will love the difference.  Jeff and his crew make the best prints in the South Bay!  Let them transform your prized Christmas photo into a stunning Metal or canvas print.

Tougher Choices!

Better Skills will almost always lead to better picture quality.  Learning to hold your camera properly, choosing the right ISO & proper camera settings, and using the right light will make better pictures, guaranteed!  Being creative in your technique will lead to more exciting photos.

Getting closer to your subject, filling the frame and telling a story with your photos will make for photos that are more enjoyable to view and make long lasting memories!  How do you master this? Join us in Creative Photo Academy classes and increase your skill and artistic abilities.

The Right Stuff  may be warranted if all else fails!  Yes, to see the surfers up-close in your photos you need a larger telephoto lens.  To capture the entire inside of the museum you require an ultra-wide angle lens.  To stop action indoors you will need a faster prime lens.

Your photos are your precious memories.  The proper tools makes the work easier!


“Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever.”-  Mark Twain


By Mark Comon

Pro photographers have long loved the beautiful images from FAST lenses shot WIDE open.  Photographers relish the subtle tones and luminous feel from an image created with an open aperture.

What does all that mean? A fast lens lets in lots of light ( f-stop 1.0, 1.4, 2 or 2.8) and allows photography indoors with a faster shutter speed.  Wide open photography is opening your lens to the widest aperture ( f-stop 1.0, 1.4, 2 or 2.8) to create a narrow focus look (minimum depth-of-field).


Why do we do it?  To create a look where the subject is partially focused or separated from the background.  It’s a beautiful look favored by many portrait, macro and glamour photographers.  The photos take on a nearly painterly quality that conveys romance and beauty.  It may not be for every subject or photo, but when used properly it produces truly stunning pictures.




Mark Comon


Cigarette Dude- Leica 50mm 0.95 @ 0.95
Larva- Nikon 85mm 1.4 @ 1.4
Flower- Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro @ 2.8