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Above Average Photographers Make Above Average Photographs

If you’re an average photographer, you’re making photographs in an average way.
The average way of making photographs consists of working in an automatic exposure mode.
An automatic exposure mode, since it picks your exposure settings for you, produces an average exposure and what follows is an average photograph.
An average photograph has been created because, beyond the […]


Photo Editing Software And Photography

Photo editing software has pretty much replaced the traditional wet darkroom in the photographic process.
I couldn’t be more thrilled.
As a photographer, I didn’t like being in the darkroom and I didn’t like the chemicals. I’d rather be creating photographs than spending time in the darkroom. And I’m not a proficient printer.
Being a proficient printer is […]


The Relationship Between Metering And Exposure

If your picture is too light, you’ve overexposed it. Overexposure means…


Why Using You Camera In Manual Exposure Mode Is Important

During my Introduction to photography classes, in Washington DC,  one of the first things I ask students to do is, introduce themselves, talk about their  background  in photography talk about what they’d like to get out of  the class.
Inevitably most, if  not all, of  the class wants to learn how to “make better pictures”. That’s […]


Business Of Photography – Should You Work For Free?

My answer is no, you shouldn’t. However, it’s ultimately up to you to decide.
Here’s something to help you make that decision.
Learn About The Business Of Photography –  Take A Business Of Photography Class
 


Drawing Inspiration – Lydia Goldblatt

Drawing Inspiration – Lydia Goldblatt
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
I’ve included a link to their work.
http://www.lydiagoldblatt.com
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


What Does A Good Photographer Really Need?

Of course, you need a camera. You also need…


When It Comes To Being A Better Photographer, What Are You Investing In?

Are you investing in equipment or are you investing in your understanding of craft?
You can increase you understanding of craft by learning to work your camera and by learning the all you can about photography. You can read books, you can take classes, you can do both.
Your equipment can only take you so far, it’s usefulness […]


Photography – Science, Craft, And Art

Photography combines part science, part craft and part art. You don’t need to know…


Your Mind Is Like A Camera

Your mind is constantly absorbing everything you see.
A camera is a way to record how you see.
If you use a camera to record how you see, and not simply what you see, your photographs will be unique.
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Can I…

get a print of your picture?
use your picture on my website?
get you to take pictures of (fill in whatever words work for you)?
If you’ve been asked similar questions then these are hints that you can probably earn some money with your photography.
Beyond having pictures that people want to use, make sure that you become familiar with […]


Drawing Inspiration – Caspar Claasen Photography

Drawing Inspiration – Caspar Claasen Photography
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
I’ve included a link to their work.
http://www.casparclaasen.com
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


Cameras And Photographers Are Everywhere

A camera used to be something that you had to buy as a distinct item and was intended to be used by a photographer.
Now you get a camera when you buy a cell or smart phone.
Since most everyone has a cell-smart phone, everyone has a camera and if  everyone uses the  camera on their phone, then […]


I’m Not Alone in My Struggle With Art

I don’t like to use the word art when describing my work or the word artist when describing me.
The use of those words, to me, seem to be an attempt to artificially elevate something, or someone, to more than it, or they, are.
Here’s a blog post that resonates with my thoughts about art.
In a nutshell, some things […]


You Can’t Automatically Create Good Photographs

This quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson resonates with me.
I hope that we don’t ever see the day when ready-made photo system, which guarantees good photographic compostions in advance, go on the market. -Henri Cartier-Bresson – “American Photo”, September/October 1997, page: 76
Unfortunately, I think that’s what many cameras have attempted to become today.
Auto-exposure, auto-focus, face-detection the list of auto features […]


Business Of Photography – For Love Or Money

Why not both?
If you want to make money being a professional photographer you’ve got to make your photography a business.
It’s your love for photography that makes you a good photographer.
But do you love photography enough to make it a business?
Amateur photographers say that they love photography too much to make it a business. I think that photographers who say […]


Looking For Someone To Approve Of Your Photography?

Look no further than yourself.
The only thing you can depend on is your approval of your work.
You can’t depend on other people approving of your work.
Your approval comes first.
Approval from others is extra.
If you’re looking for approval from others, you’ll never find your own way as a photographer.
Find your own way as a photographer..


Drawing Inspiration – Louise Whiting

Drawing Inspiration – Louise Whiting
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
I’ve included a link to their work.
http://louisewhiting.com
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


The Perfect Photograph

Doesn’t exist.
The perfect photograph doesn’t exist because perfection doesn’t exist.
Your best photographs are your best photographs, but are they perfect?
Perfection is a perception and since your perception changes so does your idea of perfection.
Don’t waste your time chasing perfection.
Spend your time becoming a better photographer so you can do the best work that you possibly can.
Become a better photographer.


The Most Important Question You Can Ask Yourself As A Photographer Is…

“What do I think of my work?”
Answer it truthfully.
Your photography depends on it.
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Business Of Photography – Talent

Talent is not enough.
Not only do you need talent you need a good understanding of the business of  photography and a strong work ethic.
Your talent is what distinguishes you from every other photographer out there.
A good understanding of the business of photography will help you make good decisions when it comes to pricing your time, services and photography.
A strong […]


How (Exposure) Times Have Changed

Today we make photographs with exposures in fractions of seconds.
The first photograph, created in 1826 by Joseph-Nicephore Niepce, required an 8 hour exposure.
Read more here.
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You Can Photograph Anything

If you have a good understanding of photography and understand how to use your camera you can photograph almost anything you want.
Low light photography, sports, portraits, landscapes, whatever.
It’s all about understanding your subject as light and using you camera as a light recording tool.
If you can use your camera in manual exposure mode, all the better.
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Drawing Inspiration – Greg Kahn

Drawing Inspiration – Greg Kahn
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
I’ve included a link to their work.
http://www.gregkahn.com/
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


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