When Should You Use Your Flash?

You can use flash anytime and anywhere  you want. Daytime, nighttime, indoors or outdoors.
Use your flash whenever you feel that whatever you are photographing could use some extra light.
If you have a separate flash unit, the light being emitted by your flash can be modified to make it look not “flashy”.
Flash will help you to become a more […]

A Classroom Discussion Between Two Photographers

While we were waiting for class to start the other night I heard two photographers discussing the differences in two cameras that are currently on the market. They both knew their stuff regarding equipment and both were considering upgrading their cameras.
I heard words like megapixels, low-pass filter, frame rate and other techno-speak during the discussion.
Not […]

Are You Ready For The Darkroom?

My personal experience in learning photography has led me to believe that, before you venture into the darkroom, it makes more sense to learn the basics of photography first so you could produce properly exposed negatives. Without properly exposed negatives you’ve got nothing, to work with in the darkroom.

Drawing Inspiration-Duane Michals

Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me. If possible, I’ve included a quote and a link to their work.“The best part of us is not what we see, it’s what we feel. We are what we feel. We are not what we look at . . .. We’re...

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Looking And Seeing

It’s disappointing to look for something and not find it.  On the other hand it’s exhilarating to see something that you weren’t expecting.
Looking for something means that you have an expectation to find something specific. If you don’t find what you’re looking for you may be disappointed.
Seeing means that you became aware of something from observation.  The specifics and expectations of […]

Same Picture, Different Photographers

Believe it or not this scenario isn’t as far fetched as you may think.
Imagine that you and a bunch of other photographers were standing side by side and were photographing the same thing.
You all had DSLR cameras. You all had your cameras set to the same auto-exposure mode and you all pressed your shutter at the same […]

Do You Need A Better Camera?

A recent e-mail exchange between a student who is thinking about getting a new camera and myself.
Me: Just out of curiosity, what type of camera are you using?
Student: Canon Rebel xti.  Need to get a better camera. Any recommendations?
Me: Why do you think you need a better camera?
Student: To take better photographs? However, it’s on the bottom of the […]

The Tools Of The Craft

If you wanted to be a carpenter you’d  have to learn the how to use the tools of the craft.
Hammer, saw, etc.
As a photographer the primary tool of your craft is your camera.
Your camera is a tool for recording light.
Although you use the same tool as every other photographer if you learn to use your […]

A Brief Conversation On Facebook

A student posted on Facebook that Amazon was picking up her book.
Me- Congratulations. Your work paid off.
Student- Thank you Sam…your class opened my eyes to what my camera was capable of!
Me- You’ve got it wrong. It’s what you are capable of doing through your camera.
Student – Your right…I forget I’m the one who tells the camera…what […]

Drawing Inspiration-Stephen Shore

Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
If possible, I’ve included a quote and a link to their work.
I discovered that this camera was the technical means in photography of communicating what the world looks like in a state of heightened awareness. And it’s that awareness of really looking […]

Exposure And The Ballpark

In terms of metering and exposure:
Matrix, evaluative, and center weighted metering patterns get you into the ballpark in terms of your exposure.
Partial meterring pattern gets you into the section where your seat is located.
Spot metering gets you into the row where your seat is located.
Adjusting your spot meter reading based on your desired tonality gets […]

Do You Really Need A Digital Photography Class?

If you learn the basics of photography, it doesn’t matter what type of camera you use. Film or digital, Nikon or Canon, as a photographer who has a good understanding of the basics photography, you’ll be able to create photographs with whatever camera is in your hands.

The Cost Of Opportunity

“Opportunities” for photographers abound.
The thing to consider is the cost of that opportunity.
If the opportunity offers you no money to cover your expenses or time, then the cost of your opportunity is the wear and tear on your equipment, the cost of your expenses to get the work done and your time.
The cost of your expenses to get the work done […]

Use The White Balance Settings On Your Camera To Make Better Photographs

While using the auto white balance settings is fine for making an average picture, learning to use the various white balance settings on your camera allows you to use color on a more creative level.

About Metering And Exposure

Matrix, evaluative, center weighted, partial, spot.
These are the names of some of the more common metering patterns that you’ll find on your camera.
Program, automatic, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual.
These are the names of some of the more common exposure modes that you’ll find on your camera.
Your camera meter measures brightness and each metering pattern measures brightness differently based on […]

Drawing Inspiration-Harry Callahan

Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.

How Are Hue Feeling?

Hue is color.
Red is a hue, green is a hue, blue is a hue, etc
Color evokes emotion.
Green with envy, feeling blue, seeing red with anger, etc.
You can use the white balance setting on your camera to manipulate how color appears in your pictures.
When you use the white balance settings on your camera to get intentional color shifts you can […]

Choosing And Accepting

Someone stated, during a recent class that I was teaching, that a teacher from another class wondered why anyone would want to work their camera in manual exposure mode rather than an automatic exposure mode.
Good question.
In photography, you can choose the outcome of your composition by working your camera in fully manual exposure mode or […]

Basically, Your Flash…

Adds light to your photograph…
Reduces contrast…
Appears to freeze motion…
Is a light sources that can be mixed with available light in different proportions…
Can be made brighter or darker….
Will help you to be  a more versatile photographer…
Learn how to use your flash to make better pictures.

The Best Time Of Day To Make A Photograph

Some photographers say that there are certain times of day when it is best to make pictures because the light is better.
I’ll agree that the characteristics of light changes thorough out the day but I think that anytime of day is the best time to make  a picture. I think that no time of day provides better or worse light – just different light.
All types of […]

Business Of Photography – You Are The Creator

What you create is intellectual property. This intellectual property is yours and you can make money with it. Intellectual property is the heart of your business as a photographer. If you want to learn more about the business of photography….

Communicating With Ease

For photographers the camera is a tool that is used to record light.
It’s what you use to visually communicate facts or opinions through a photograph.
In order  to be an effective photographer and visual communicator It is important that you feel at ease with using whatever camera you choose to use.
You should be as comfortable communicating through your camera as you are […]

Business Of Photography – Pro-crastination

Many amateur photographers want  their hobby to be a profession. Whether on a part time or a full time basis,  to the photographer who has not gone pro yet, there seems to be nothing better than doing something you love for money. They’re absolutely right.
Let’s get down to business then.
Beyond being proficient in the craft of photography, which many amateurs already are, […]

Using Color Creatively

Light has color. We describe the color of light by the color temperature.
The  white balance setting on your camera determines how the color temperature of a light source records.
One option when picking a white balance setting on your camera is to get “color correctness”. Auto white balance will probably get you in the ballpark.
The other option is to […]


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