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Did You See That?

You probably did.
But you probably didn’t see it in the same way that anyone else did.
When it comes to your photography, show how you see instead of what you see.
It’s how we see that makes us distinct as photographers.
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I Hope You Make A Lot Of Mistakes

Are you making mistakes in your photography?
I hope so.
When you make mistakes, you’re challenging yourself.
When you make mistakes, you can learn from your mistakes.
When you make mistakes, you’re doing things that you’re not comfortable doing.
This is how you evolve and progress as a photographer.
Do what you don’t know how to do until you know how to do it.
Do what [...]


A Lesson From A Dog In Developing Your Photographic Style

Have you ever seen a dog chase its tail?
The dog is trying to catch something that it already has.
Are you trying to find your style as a photographer?
You already have it.
Your personal perception and experience of whatever you are photographing is your “style”.
Once you learn how to use the craft of photography  to communicate your personal perception and experience,  your “style” can [...]


Free Photography Tests

Use these tests to evaluate your understanding of making photographs. While it’s good to know what you know about photography, It’s also good to know what you don’t know.
You’ll get access to the following tests:

Module 1
Free Photography Tests

Unit 1
Test – Basic Photography And Basic Camera Operation

Unit 2
Test – Lighting With Flash

Unit 3
Test – Equivalent/Equal Exposures

To [...]


Drawing Inspiration – Jean de Pomereu

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


Know Your Rights As A Photographer

An informational piece from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) about your rights as a photographer.
http://www.aclu.org/free-speech/know-your-rights-photographers
Here’s one from Bert P. Krages II, an attorney, that  you can download and carry with you.
http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm


Photography Is Not Math

There are two simple math equations below. One is right and one is wrong.

2 + 2 = 4
2 + 2 = 5

Math is right or wrong.
The photographs that we make are not math.
There are no right or wrong photographs.
There are no right or wrong ways to create photographs.
There are no right or wrong cameras to [...]


A Photographer’s Raw Material, Continued

This is a follow up post to an earlier entry titled A Photographers Raw Material .
A photographer’s raw material is light. You can’t touch it with your hands. You can’t smell it with your nose. You can’t taste it with your tongue, You can’t hear it with your ears.
You can see light with your eyes and [...]


A Photographer’s Raw Material

As a  photographer, what’s the raw  material that you work with?
For example:
A potter works with clay as their  raw material.
A carpenter works with wood as their raw material.
A chef works with food as their raw material.
The question is: A photographer  works with___?__ as their raw material.
Fill in the blank by leaving a reply below as your answer.
I’ll [...]


Do You Know Your Camera?

Do you know what your camera does and how it does it?
Your camera has many features and does a lot, but in my opinion there are three  primary  things that  you should  know how to do with your camera. You should  know how  to focus, meter and expose.
If  you aren’t  doing  these  things, your camera [...]


Drawing Inspiration – Geoffrey Hiller

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


Photography As A Way Of Meditation?

Meditation means awareness. It could be an awareness of your breath or it could be an awareness of the sound of the train that you are riding on your way to work. As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to your mind, you are meditating effectively. Anything you do with awareness [...]


It All Comes Down To Metering And Exposure

Imagine that you’re looking through the viewfinder of your camera.
You’ve framed the content of your photograph perfectly,  you’ve put a lot of effort and thought into this photograph.
Your subject is just where it should be, the light is perfect, this picture is going to be AMAZING!!
You press the shutter release to make your exposure when everything is [...]


Photographing What You See And Photographing How You See

There’s photographing WHAT you see and then there’s photographing HOW you see .
It’s easy to create a photograph based on what you see.
Photographing what you see  involves getting an average exposure for what you see and framing it.
Anyone could photograph of what they see with a point and shoot camera while working in an automatic [...]


What Makes A Professional Photographer?

Is it having a good eye? No
Is it having a good camera? No.
Is it having excellent skills? No again.
While all of the above are helpful, what makes a photographer a professional is their attitude toward their work.
A photographer who treats photography as a vocation, and not as an avocation, is a professional.
When your attitude shifts so [...]


To Make Better Photographs, You’ve Got To Start Somewhere

If you want to go beyond point and shoot photography you’ve got to start somewhere.
Getting to know your camera and learning a few basic things about photography will get you off to a good start.
Simply learning the following three things will get you on the path to working your camera in manual mode and will [...]


Drawing Inspiration – Sam Golanski

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


Your Photographs Framed

Do you have some photographs that you’d like to frame and display?
Whether you do the work of printing and framing yourself, or have someone do the work for you, there’s a cost of time and money. Multiply the cost  of time and money by the number of photographs that you want to frame and display [...]


The Worth of Your Work, aka “Content”, In The Digital Age.

The hypocrisy and greed of these corporations is astounding.


Taking Responsibility For Your Photography

You are ultimately responsible for your photography, but you can choose to be totally responsible for your photograph or partially responsible for your photograph.
If you work your camera in an automatic exposure mode you are responsible for working your camera in auto exposure mode.
In automatic exposure mode you have chosen to have your camera pick your [...]


Photographing At Night

There’s not really any difference, in terms of photography, between photographing during the day or photographing at night.
You either have more light to work with or less light to work with. The bottom line is that you need to be able to evaluate what you’ve got to work with in terms of light and adjust your exposure as you see [...]


Feeling And Certainty

As a photographer you should be aware of how you feel about what you are photographing and a certainty in your vision.
A feeling comes from an emotional reaction. Certainty in your vision comes from your ability to apply craft to get the photograph that you want.
When you combine how you feel and certainty you produce [...]


Drawing Inspiration – Cristina Matos-Albers

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


There Are Always At Least Two People In A Photograph

There are always at least two people in a photograph.
The first person is the photographer who created the photograph.
The second person is the person viewing the photograph.
As the photographer creating the photograph, it’s up to you to effectively visually communicate whatever you were experiencing that made you want to make the photograph in the first place. That’s how [...]


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