In order to become an effective and efficient photographer not only do you need to learn photography, you need to learn how your camera (the tool that you use to make photographs) works.
In order to learn how to work your camera, you’ll need to use the owners manual that came with your camera. [...]
The only way to be a better photographer is to identify and target your weaknesses.
If you only keep doing what you’re good at doing, that’s all you’ll ever be capable of doing.
No matter what level of photographer you are, you can always be a better photographer than you are now.
If you identify what you have difficulty [...]
While in the process of creating a photograph you may realize that you can’t get the picture that you visualize. After evaluating the light and considering the limitations of your equipment, you just can’t get the picture that you want.
You have a couple of choices. You can choose to not make a photograph or you can practice what I [...]
You and I use things to write with. Pens, pencils computers, etc.
Writers who write novels, poetry, etc. use things to write with too.
Great writers use things to write with in a way that makes them who they are in the literary field. They have taken a tool (pen , pencil, computer,) and use it in a way that [...]
It seems that there are more reasons not to make pictures than to make them.
I didn’t make pictures because: it was too dark, it was raining, it was cloudy, it was the wrong time of day, I couldn’t find anything to photograph, I was uninspired, I didn’t have time, etc.
If you want to be a better photographer make the photograph [...]
If cameras took good pictures, wouldn’t they be good pictures all of the time?
I’ve been catching some flak about my attitude toward composition.
Some photographers believe that you should first learn and follow rules. I’m not one of those photographers, and I’m not alone.
There was a reply to Photographic Composition: Rules Versus Elements that prompted me to research what other photographers thought about rules of composition.
Here’s one from a name you may recognize.
What do we need to pay to create GOOD photographs and yet cost us nothing out of our pockets?
Whether you are photograph people, landscapes, still lifes, or whatever else, you are photographing light.
Everything you see is a source of light.
The source of light is either an illuminating light source or a reflecting light source.
It’s important to pay attention to an illuminating light source because a reflective light source can not be seen without [...]
I was asked about why I don’t offer darkroom skills, and/or photo editing software, instruction as a part of my workshops. If the topic of photo-editing software or darkroom work comes up, we’ll discuss it, but it is not a main topic.
I think that you can consider photo-editing software a digital darkroom. Whatever I’ve written [...]
Shutter speed is a part of exposure.
You can set your shutter speed to vary the amount of light that falls onto your light sensitive material of choice.
Longer/slower shutter speed = more exposure = brighter picture
Shorter/faster shutter speed = less exposure = darker picture
Sometimes when I give a review during my photography classes, photographers get the shutter speeds [...]
In the dictionary, some of the words that are used to define rules are:
What is possible or allowable.
Control or dominion.
Normal or customary.
In the dictionary, some of the words that are used to define elements are:
The primary or fundamental parts of something.
To me, the words used to describe rules are restrictive, limited and will lead to pictures that are ordinary while the words used to [...]
When we begin to learn about the craft of photography we may begin to think that that we are no longer paying attention to composition.
Instead of simply framing what we want in our picture we’re now thinking about focusing, metering, exposure and more.
While attentively framing what we want in our photograph (content) is important, framing and the placement of content [...]
As a photographer I think that there are three things that you mainly do with your camera to create a photograph.
You focus light (focusing), you measure light (metering) and you let a specific amount of light fall onto light sensitive material (making an exposure).
If you’ve been working your camera in an automatic mode your camera has been doing all [...]
There’s no doubt about it. When I learned to use my flash unit thoughtfully and effectively as a compositional element in my pictures, I became a more versatile photographer and was able to confidently produce a wider range of work.
Learning how to use my flash not only added another skill to my craft as a photographer it also [...]
Your photograph should be all about what you want as a photographer, not about what you think someone else will like or not like and it is not about what your camera does in auto-mode.
If you’ve been making your pictures from the perspective of what someone will like or not like, then you probably haven’t been making pictures [...]
You’re camera isn’t smart nor does it take good pictures.
You, on the other hand, have intelligence and you have the ability to make good pictures.
Your camera also doesn’t know anything.
Among some of the things things your camera doesn’t know…
What you want your picture to look like.
What you are making a picture of.
What you want to focus [...]
I tried learning all I could about Photoshop. What I learned is that I don’t want to learn it. Too much with the curves and channels and layers and masks. For me, there’s too much to learn and I find it difficult.
Am I stupid or lazy?
Call me stupid for thinking this but, I don’t think any of [...]
Your camera meter measures the intensity (brightness) of light. Nothing more, nothing less.
This measurement of light is expressed as…
If you were in one of my photography classes and, while we were reviewing your work, you were to state that “I want my pictures to look like the way things really are”, I would ask “the way things really are to who?”
My question is meant to spur a conversation about seeing and perception.
While we may [...]