When you make a picture in an auto exposure mode your camera will get you an average exposure based on whatever you are metering. Your picture may be good enough in terms of exposure but is probably lacking in the very thing that takes a picture beyond good enough; you, the photographer, are what’s lacking.
When you make [...]
I have made what I think are truly unique pictures and I’ve made pictures that are mundane and common.
When I examine the experience of making photographs that I consider unique,the best way I can describe that experience is in the following manner:
When I examine the experience of making photographs that I consider unique,the best way I can describe that experience is in the following manner: I seem to lose track of time, my mind is calm/there is no distracting self-questioning of my decisions and I seem to have a heightened/precise awareness. Some refer to this state as working in a “flow” or with “no-mind”.
Your exposure mode dial is usually found on top of your camera and is usually filled with letters and icons that allow you to pick how you want to make an exposure.
On a lot of cameras there are a lot of exposure modes to pick from.
Here are a few modes that I’m familiar with and [...]
It’s impossible for any of us to be the one and only best photographer in the world.
Lee Friedlander, Helen Levitt, Harry Callahan, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier Bresson, Duane Michaels, Robert Frank, Amy Arbus; these are some of the best photographers in the world, but none of them are THE best.
What they are the best at is [...]
Cameras, lenses and equipment. These are tools to help you make photographs.
Photography is not f-stops shutter speeds and ISO or other technical matters. These things help you to refine your composition.
Photography is not about equipment or technical mastery.
There are plenty of mundane photographs created with expensive equipment and by photographers who excel technically but fail [...]
If you give your photography the thought process that involves working your camera in fully manual exposure mode you’ll get a photograph that is thoughtfully composed and reflects you, the photographer.
If you give your photography the thought process that involves an automatic exposure mode you’ll get a photograph that lacks thoughtful composition and reflects your camera, a [...]
Your camera primarily does three things to create a photograph
Your camera focuses light (This is really done with your lens).
Your camera measures light.
Your camera exposes light sensitive material to light.
If you’ve been working your camera in an automatic exposure mode your camera has been doing these things for you.
If you want to create photographs that are [...]
The only way to be a better photographer is to identify and target your weaknesses.
If you only keep doing what you’re good at doing, that’s all you’ll ever be capable of doing.
No matter what level of photographer you are, you can always be a better photographer than you are now.
If you identify what you have difficulty [...]
You and I use things to write with. Pens, pencils computers, etc.
Stephen King and Maya Angelou use things to write with too.
Stephen King and Maya Angelou use things to write with in a way that makes them who they are in the literary field. They have taken a tool (pen , pencil, computer,) and use it in a [...]
While in the process of creating a photograph you may realize that you can’t get the picture that you visualize. After evaluating the light and considering the limitations of your equipment, you just can’t get the picture that you want.
You have a couple of choices. You can choose to not make a photograph or you can practice what I [...]
It seems that there are more reasons not to make pictures than to make them.
I didn’t make pictures because: it was too dark, it was raining, it was cloudy, it was the wrong time of day, I couldn’t find anything to photograph, I was uninspired, I didn’t have time, etc.
If you want to be a better photographer make the photograph [...]
Take a look at the top of your camera. You’ll probably find a flash that you can conveniently pop-up with the press of a button.
If you’ve never popped up the flash on your camera, the button is probably located near the top of your camera too. The button is most likely identified by an icon [...]
If cameras took good pictures, wouldn’t they be good pictures all of the time?
I’ve been catching some flak about my attitude toward composition.
Some photographers believe that you should first learn and follow rules. I’m not one of those photographers, and I’m not alone.
There was a reply to Photographic Composition: Rules Versus Elements that prompted me to research what other photographers thought about rules of composition.
Here’s one from a name you may recognize.
Reminds Me Of Digital Camera Technology
What do we need to pay to create GOOD photographs and yet cost us nothing out of our pockets?
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.
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 [...]