Monthly Archives: May 2016

Photography Basics: How to Hold your DSLR



Computer programmer, entrepreneur, and business executive Craig C. Jensen serves as founder and chair of Condusiv Technologies Corporation (formerly Diskeeper Corporation). Craig Jensen authored the bestselling defragmentation software Diskeeper in 1986. He enjoys photography in his spare time.

It can feel awkward to hold a DSLR when you’re first starting out. Rest the lens in your left hand, with your right hand gripping the side of the camera and your index finger on the shutter control. This position allows easy access to both the back panel and the shutter button and makes for quick adjustments to the lens for focus. Press the viewfinder to your eyebrow to view subjects and steady the camera.

Aim to minimize movement while shooting. Keep your legs in a wide stance with knees slightly bent, bringing one foot forward if you are leaning into a shot. Relax your elbows and tuck them into your body. You may find leaning onto a table with your elbows or against a wall will be helpful to reduce motion. When kneeling, bring one knee up in front and rest an elbow on your knee for more stability. Finally, breathe out when taking photos, rather than in or holding your breath. A controlled exhalation equals less movement and a better shot.


Downhill Skiing Tips for Beginners

Downhill Skiing pic

Downhill Skiing

Craig Jensen is a computer programmer, business executive, and entrepreneur. Founder and Chair of Condusiv Technologies Corporation (formerly Diskeeper Corporation), Craig Jensen authored bestselling defragmentation software Diskeeper in 1986. He enjoys challenging himself to learn new things and took up skiing at age 43.

When learning to ski, experts recommend taking lessons from an experienced instructor, which gives you the benefit of safety, quality instruction, and faster improvement. Resorts that promote family programs, ski schools, and have excellent ski slope grooming are often great places for beginners. To keep things simple when you’re first starting out, you can purchase package deals that include equipment rentals and lift tickets.

Invest in quality equipment such as a sturdy and warm jacket, snow pants, ski boots, goggles, and a helmet; these can be rented or purchased. Beginners can benefit from learning proper form. Keep your eyes well ahead instead of on the tips of your skis to avoid accidents. Remember, new skiers fall frequently. If you fall, try to fall to the side as much as possible to prevent injury and twisting. Start with beginner runs and slow lifts in order to build confidence and skill. Practice patience and keep your expectations reasonable for the best experience learning to ski. Most of all, have fun!