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When Using Your Flash

There are primarily two things to consider.

The light coming from your flash.
The light coming from whatever you are photographing(your subject).

The light coming from your flash is an illuminating or transmitting light source.
The light coming from your subject is a reflective light source and is being illuminated by by whatever transmitting light source is available at the [...]


Are You Taking Pictures Or Making Pictures?

The words we choose are important and they can change your mind when it comes to your photography.


Drawing Inspiration – Marcel Pedragosa

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


In Photography, There’s A Lot To Learn

In photography, theres a lot to learn.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a know-it-all.


What Makes A Photographer?

What do you think makes someone a photographer?


The Road To Creativity

The road to creativity can be be rough or smooth, think unpaved and paved.
If you were to get from point A to point B, an unpaved road would  provide a slow and uncertain journey while a smooth road would get you there faster and with confidence.
As a photographer, your pavement is the understanding and application of craft.
Understanding how [...]


“I’ll Fix It In…”

If you’ve got to “fix” your picture in photo-editing software, you’ve made a mistake.


Do Photography Critiques Help? It Depends.

You must look at your own photographs with a cool, critical eye and if the person giving the critique is more interested in your photography than their own, then you’ll leave with useful information on how to improve your photography.


Drawing Inspiration – Ross Williams

Drawing Inspiration – Ross Williams
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
I’ve included a link to their work.
www.rosswilliamsphotography.co.uk
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


Pen Is To Writer As Camera Is To Photographer

Although we’re working with a camera, we’re using the camera to record light much like a writer uses a pen to record their words.


Rules And Photography

Everybody seems to look for rules that will make their photography easier and better.

While rules may make your picture making easier, I don’t think rules make your photography better or help you to be a better photographer.


Sunrises, Sunsets, Windows And Adding Light

Have you ever photographed someone in front of a sunrise, sunset or window and the person you’re photographing comes out dark?
The issue is that the person you are photographing is much darker than the brighter area in back of them.
You should base your exposure on the bright area, this is best done working in manual exposure mode in [...]


A Better Way Than Bracketing

Bracketing may be fine for static subjects, but if you are photographing things in flux, you’ve got one chance to get the right exposure.


Do You Own A Good Camera But Using It Badly?

If you own a camera that has a manual exposure mode option, but are using it in auto-exposure mode, you’re  not realizing the full potential of your camera or the full potential of you as a photographer.
Getting to know how to use your camera in manual mode opens the door to your full potential as a photographer.
Introduction [...]


Drawing Inspiration – Siegfried Hansen

Drawing Inspiration – Siegfried Hansen
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
I’ve included a link to their work.
http://www.street-photography-hamburg.siegfried-hansen.de/
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


Don’t Believe Your Photography Teacher

Don’t believe what I, or any of your other teachers, tell you.


What Were You Thinking?

I pose that question a lot to the participants during week four of the Introduction To Photography class that I teach in Washington DC.
Since photography is a thought process that involves decisions of exposure, metering, focusing, framing, etc I want to know the thought process that went into creating the photograph.
It’s good to hear that [...]


The Camera – It’s Only A Tool

I talk about the camera as doing three things and, in order to help photographers to begin to develop a thought process behind their pictures, these three things MUST be done in consciously by the photographer .


Now What?

You’ve taken an Introduction to Photography class to learn to use your camera and to learn the basics of photography.

You’ve learned to work your camera in manual exposure mode.
You understand how to control basic composition with your aperture, shutter speed and ISO.
You use your camera meter to evaluate your subject to get the exact exposure [...]


Good Cameras And Good Photographers

Are you more concerned about your equipment or more about your photography?
People don’t care about your camera, they care about your picture.
While you need a camera to make a photograph, you need to be a good photographer to make a good photograph.
Cameras don’t make good photographers or good pictures.
Good photographers can make a good picture with any camera.
Take A [...]


Drawing Inspiration – Tatsuo Suzuki

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


Technically Excellent Failures

There are many technically excellent photographs that fail on a compositional level.
A photograph that exhibits technical mastery but doesn’t show creativity is an empty photograph.
Don’t discount technical skill. The more technical skill that you have the more creative you can be, but always remember that technical mastery serves creativity.
Introduction To Photography
Intermediate Photography
 


Do You Know How To Meter?

You use your camera meter to evaluate the intensity, or brightness, of light.
You meter is located in your camera and chances are good that you have few metering patterns, or modes, to choose from.
Your metering mode has an area of influence that drives your exposure.
You meter is an evaluation tool while your exposure is used [...]


The Company You Keep

Who you spend your time with influences your aspirations and struggles.
The aspirations and the struggles lead to change.
The changes are what you eventually become.
You should spend your time with people who demonstrate the  standards to which you aspire and who will support  your struggles.
Keep this in mind when spending time with photographers too.
Take a photography class