Ian Mildon

Ian Mildon spends his days working as a software application developer. When not doing this he is a keen photographer, working with various formats; digital (full frame, APS-C), film (35mm, 6x4.5, 6x7), mobile (phone), instant. Ian is also a fairly prolific writer, mainly on subjects pertaining to photography, although he does not limit himself to just this subject matter.
RAW vs. JPG

RAW vs. JPG

Like many things in digital photography, there are lots of opinions and discussions about image file formats, namely RAW and JPG. For some, it’s a matter of understanding what the formats are and what they can or cannot do, but for others, it’s choosing which format is the best to use. Let’s start with a…

The Best Camera Is the One You Have with You

The Best Camera Is the One You Have with You

What do you carry with you daily? I don’t know who the first person to coin the phrase was, but it is one that I’ve seen and heard a lot since I started with photography; the best camera is the one you have with you. And to be honest, it’s a very accurate statement. It…

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane

After a little over 17 years away, I recently made a trip back to the city I grew up in. The trip was primarily to attend my niece’s wedding and (finally) catch up with family, who I had not seen (other than online and in photos) for those 17 years. It was a journey filled…

The Human Eye Vs. The Camera

The Human Eye Vs. The Camera

One of my biggest frustrations with photography is the simple fact that the camera cannot match the human eye in what it can see and capture. Even the most advanced modern camera is incapable of recording images that accurately match what you can see with your own two eyes. Pretty much every camera manufacturer seems…

Don’t Fear Change

Don’t Fear Change

Change. It’s a simple word, yet invokes such a wide range of responses from people. From fear, hate, love, embrace, accept; feelings run a wide gamut and are very personal. Also, personal circumstances can cause an effect on your perception of change, often to magnify your feelings. Personally, I’ve been all over the place as…

Living in Tornado Alley? Be proactive on safety.

Living in Tornado Alley? Be proactive on safety.

If you spend any time in Oklahoma, you quickly get accustomed to two things: tornadoes and the sound of the tornado sirens. And if you are in Tulsa around noon on a Wednesday, you’ll be very quickly aware of the sirens as they are put through their weekly test. Yet what many people may not…

A Glimpse of the Old West

A Glimpse of the Old West

Contrary to popular urban myths, Oklahoma is not all rolling prairie and cowboys on horseback. In fact, there is very little native prairie left, with the largest chunk of it located a “few” miles to the north of Pawhuska in Osage County. Here you will find the Nature Conservancy has created the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve….

Creative Roadblocks

Creative Roadblocks

Like most people who follow a creative path, especially photography, I reached a stage where the consensus was that you have to pick a specialty and spend all your time becoming the best in only that area. Be it portraiture, still life, landscape, fine art, or any other of the multiple facets of photography. This…

Can America Ever Be Car Free?

Can America Ever Be Car Free?

To many, this may be a bold statement to make, but with my firsthand experience and knowledge, from both sides of the “pond,” I feel I have some insight into this issue. I would also like to preface this by saying that, yes, there are some very pedestrian-friendly US cities; places that could, for the…

Moving Sucks

Moving Sucks

The title is pretty self-explanatory as moving (really) does suck, whether it be just around the corner or across the country. Admittedly, not everything about it is that bad; new location(s), new people, new home. It’s all the packing and physically moving everything you’ve accumulated that I dislike. It’s really surprising the amount of “stuff”…

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