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 [...]
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 [...]
Your photograph should be all about what you want as a photographer, not about what you think someone else will like or not like and it is not about what your camera does in auto-mode.
If you’ve been making your pictures from the perspective of what someone will like or not like, then you really have not been making [...]
If you made a copy of the Mona Lisa and added a mustache to it would you consider what you created a new piece of art?
Welcome to the world of appropriation art.
I’m happy that appropriation artists are being sued by the creators of the original art.
Shepard Fairey and Richard Prince are a couple of the better known appropriation artists.
On a [...]
You’ve taken an Introduction to Photography class to learn to use your camera and to learn the basics of photography.
You’ve learned to work your camera in manual exposure mode.
You understand how to control basic composition with your aperture, shutter speed and ISO.
You use your camera meter to evaluate your subject to get the exact exposure [...]
There are many technically excellent photographs that fail on a compositional level.
A photograph that exhibits technical mastery but doesn’t show creativity is an empty photograph.
Don’t discount technical skill. The more technical skill that you have the more creative you can be, but always remember that technical mastery serves creativity.
Introduction To Photography
You’ve got to be vetted to take the Intermediate Photography class that I offer.
The vetting process is important to make sure that everyone in the class is at the same level of understanding. There’s nothing worse, from my perspective as a teacher, when this particular class is at mixed levels of understanding when it comes [...]
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.
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 [...]
This is a follow up post to last weeks entry titled A Photographers Raw Material .
A photographer’s raw material is light. You can’t touch it with your hands. You can’t smell it with your nose. You can’t taste it with your tongue, You can’t hear it with your ears.
You can see light with your eyes and [...]
A downloadable PDF flyer from Bert P. Krages II, Attorney at Law, explaining your rights when stopped or confronted for making pictures.
Get it here and carry it with you so when some lower-level security and law enforcement officials acting way beyond their authority confront you, you know where you stand legally.
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When I write blog posts I try to keep SEO in mind so people and search engines can find my photographs and other content on the web. In order to do that I try to use words relevant to an article or photograph The lesson this morning came in the form of a title for my post.
[ January 12, 2014; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. February 1, 2014; 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. April 1, 2014; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] Build on your understanding of basic photography, reinforce your application of photography fundamentals and increase your visual awareness and photographic compositional skills.
Have you been working your camera in manual mode? Do you have an understanding of how to use aperture, shutter speed and exposure as basic compositional elements and feel that you’re ready to take [...]
[ October 13, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. November 6, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. December 14, 2013; 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. ] When used thoughtfully your flash can be an important element of your composition and can dramatically improve your photograph…