A participant in the Introduction to Photography commented that the “M” on the mode dial on her DSLR no longer meant “mystery” to her.
Beyond what it really means, which is manual exposure mode, I hope it also means…
Thank you Alicia.
Take the mystery out of the using the “M” (manual exposure) mode […]
Before you can be a portrait photographer, or a landscape photographer, or a wedding photographer, or a pet photographer or whatever type of photographer you want to be, you have to be a photographer first.
Better yet, be a proficient photographer.
If you don’t have a good foundation in the basics of photography and an understanding of characteristics of light, you’re not as proficient as you […]
I tend to think of the photography marketplace in two large general categories, the consumer marketplace or the business to business marketplace…
You’re either learning to improve your craft or you’re learning to improve your communication through craft.
There’s always room for improvement.
Improving your craft includes understanding HOW the exposure settings that you pick effect your picture.
Improving your communication through craft includes understanding WHY you pick the exposure settings that effect your picture.
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If you think that technology will help you be a better photographer then you’ve given control over your photography to the people that want to sell you equipment.
More megapixels, more features, more gadgets, more this, more that.
The people who want to sell you equipment want you to think that there’s always something more in the technology and gadget department to help […]
If you want your pictures to be better you should examine the following:
Do you know enough?
Do you care enough?
Are you uncomfortable/afraid?
Knowing enough is easy to fix. Learn more.
Caring enough is easy to fix. Make sure that you photograph things that interest you.
Being uncomfortable and fear are the killers. Whatever you’re afraid of, or uncomfortable doing, is holding […]
When I judged a themed photography contest, titled “A Different Point Of View”, I felt that I may have fell short of some expectations.
I have my idea of what “A Different Point Of View” means and the people that I disappointed have a different point of view of what “A Different Point Of View” means.
There are three sure-fire ways to make money with your camera.
Sell your camera.
Rent your camera to other photographers.
Become a professional photographer.
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Are you authentic when it comes to your work or are you a hack?
In the book, The War Of Art, Stephen Pressfield, defines a hack in the following manner
“The hack condescends to his audience. He thinks he’s superior to them. The truth is, he’s scared to death of them… scared of being authentic in front of them… […]
Don’t concern yourself with equipment.
Don’t concern yourself with how much you know.
Don’t concern yourself with what other people will think of your work.
Don’t concern yourself with anything except making the picture.
Being a photographer is about making photographs.
Do the best you can with whatever camera you have and learn all you can about craft.
Until you press the shutter release to make an exposure you are a deciding photographer.
When you press the shutter release to make an exposure you are a decisive photographer.
If you are unsure of yourself and continue to make decisions, your pictures are produced from a place of uncertainty. Your work can become diluted if you spend too […]
Do you remember the first time you saw something photographic?
Do you remember the first time you wanted to make a photograph?
Do you remember WHY you wanted to make photographs?
If you forget anything, don’t forget why.
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Members of the Monday Seniors bowling league competing at the Woodbridge Bowling Center, Woodbridge, New Jersey. […]
Who cares about your photography?
I’m not sure.
I am sure of this though, if you don’t care enough about your photography to give it all you’ve got, no one else will care about your photography.
Your work has to show that you care.
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Art is vague because art is subjective and is in the eye of the beholder.
I think to identify oneself as an artist is equally vague.
Art involves subjective judgement.
Craft is distinct and identifiable.
You can, with clarity and certainty, identify yourself as a craftsperson.
Craft involves skillful application of technique.
If you are skillful in your craft you are more likely to produce work that someone may judge as art.
Don’t worry about […]
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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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 […]
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 […]
An informational piece from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) about your rights as a photographer.
Here’s one from Bert P. Krages II, an attorney, that you can download and carry with you.