Light has color.
We describe the color of light in as having a specific color temperature. Color temperature is measured on the kelvin (K) scale and temperatures on this scale are called kelvins.
The white balance setting on your camera deals with the color of light and each of the icons that represent your white balance settings [...]
Talent is not enough.
Not only do you need talent you need a good understanding of the business of photography and a strong work ethic.
Your talent is what distinguishes you from every other photographer out there.
A good understanding of the business of photography will help you make good decisions when it comes to pricing your time, services and photography.
A strong [...]
If you have a good understanding of photography and understand how to use your camera you can photograph anything you want.
Low light photography, sports, portraits, landscapes, whatever.
It’s all about understanding your subject as light and using you camera as a light recording tool.
If you can use your camera in manual mode, all the better.
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Are you bored of seeing the same things to photograph or do you feel that you need to go to a new place to breathe life back into your photography?
The problem isn’t that you’re seeing the same things over and over again.
The problem is that you’re seeing the same things in the same way.
If you [...]
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 [...]
By working your camera in manual mode…
you’ll create thoughtfully composed photographs that will take your photography beyond point and shoot.
you’ll get a good understanding of the basics of photography.
you’ll become a better photographer
your pictures will come out the way you want them to.
you’ll rely on your mind, instead of a machine, to make your pictures.
We’re either learning to improve our craft or we’re learning to improve our communication through craft.
There’s always room for improvement.
Improve Your Photography
“What do I think of my work?”
Answer it truthfully.
Your photography depends on it.
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Today we make photographs with exposures in fractions of seconds.
The first photograph, created in 1826 by Joseph-Nicephore Niepce, required an 8 hour exposure.
Read more here.
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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 [...]
If you don’t have a separate flash unit the pop-up flash that’s on your camera is something you should become familiar with.
It will give you more light when you need it.
To use it simply pop it up and start using it.
Using it is one thing, understanding how to use it skillfully is another.
You can use it anywhere and anytime [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
If you want your pictures to be better you should examine the following:
Do you know enough?
Do you care enough?
Are you afraid?
Knowing enough is easy to fix. Learn more.
Caring enough is easy to fix too. Make sure that you photograph things that interest you.
Fear is the killer. Whatever you’re afraid of is holding you back. Fear keeps the [...]
Photography Tips From A Photography Teacher That Are Intended To Help You To Be A Better Photographer
Being a Better Photographer is an area of the Sam D’Amico Photography website.
The content of Being A Better Photographer mainly consists of short posts inspired by conversations during his photography classes. The posts are intended to get you thinking [...]
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.
Members of the Monday Seniors bowling league competing at the Woodbridge Bowling Center, Woodbridge, New Jersey. The seniors meet every Monday [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]