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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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.
“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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
In photography, you can choose the outcome of your composition by working your camera in fully manual exposure mode or […]
Adds light to your photograph…
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.
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 […]
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….
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
When you have a better understanding of light, you become a better photographer.
Did you know that there is a law that we should be aware of when we use our flash?
This law applies to ALL flashes; the pop up flash on your camera and the, usually more powerful, separate flash unit that works off of your hot-shoe.
If you don’t know about this law, it could seriously limit your ability to create a photograph.
If you’ve got the best lens in the world – whatever that means – and you make a weak picture, you’ve got a weak picture.
If you’ve got the worst lens in the world – whatever that means – and you make a strong picture, you’ve got a strong picture.
The point of the matter is that […]