Posts Tagged ‘experience’

Make The Photograph Anyway

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 [...]


Are You Ready For The Darkroom?

I was asked  about why I don’t offer darkroom skills, and/or photo editing software, instruction as a part of my workshops. If the topic of photo-editing software or darkroom work comes up, we’ll discuss it, but it is not a main topic.
I think that you can consider photo-editing software a digital darkroom.  Whatever I’ve written [...]


Don’t Believe Your Photography Teacher

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


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.


Can You Imagine…

A world without photography?
I can and it ain’t a pretty picture.
Please keep making your photographs.
Without you and your pictures our experience of this world would be diminished.


A Lesson From A Dog In Developing Your Photographic Style

Have you ever seen a dog chase its tail?
The dog is trying to catch something that it already has.
Are you trying to find your style as a photographer?
You already have it.
Your personal perception and experience of whatever you are photographing is your “style”.
Once you learn how to use the craft of photography  to communicate your personal perception and experience,  your “style” can [...]


Feeling And Certainty

As a photographer you should be aware of how you feel about what you are photographing and a certainty in your vision.
A feeling comes from an emotional reaction. Certainty in your vision comes from your ability to apply craft  to get the photograph that you want.
When you combine how you feel and certainty you produce [...]


There Are Always At Least Two People In A Photograph

There are always at least two people in a photograph.
The first person is the photographer who created the photograph.
The second person is the person viewing the photograph.
As the photographer creating the photograph, it’s up to you to effectively visually communicate whatever you were experiencing that made you want to make the photograph in the first place. That’s how [...]


Photographic Composition – Thinking about creativity? Maybe that’s not such a good idea.

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”.


Drawing Inspiration – Bruce Davidson

Drawing Inspiration – Bruce Davidson
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 am not interested in showing my work to photographers any more, but to people outside the photo-clique. My pictures are not escapes from reality, but a [...]


Photography Classes Washington DC – About The Sam D’Amico Photography Classes

Thank you for considering me in your search for photography instruction.
It doesn’t matter whether you use a film or digital camera. The camera is a tool that you use to create photographs.
During your photography class with me you’ll learn to use your camera and you’ll learn the skills that you need to use your camera [...]


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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Customized Group Photography Classes – Student Comments

Your opinion and candid comments are valued because they help me to make sure the class is as effective as possible.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about upcoming photography classes? The answers may already be here. If the answer to you question can not be found, please use the reply area on the bottom of the page to ask any questions that you may have.


My Basic Flash Equipment

Many people who are interested in the Lighting With Portable Flash Workshop, who have yet to invest in a separate flash unit, ask me for advice on purchasing a flash.


When You Need More Light

He mentioned the right reasons for purchasing an external flash unit, which I think are more power and more versatility than the pop-up units on the camera can deliver.