Posts Tagged ‘Photograph’

Why Aren’t Your Pictures Better?

If you want your pictures to be better you should examine the following:

Do you know enough?
Do you care enough?
Are you uncomfortable/afraid?

Knowing enough is easy to fix. Learn more.
Caring enough is easy to fix. Make sure that you photograph things that interest you.
Being uncomfortable and fear are the killers. Whatever you’re afraid of, or uncomfortable doing, is holding […]

Do You Know Your Camera?

Do you know what your camera does and how it does it?
Your camera has many features and does a lot, but in my opinion there are three  primary  things that  you should  know how to do with your camera. You should  know how  to focus, meter and expose.
If  you aren’t  doing  these  things, your camera […]

Photography As A Way Of Meditation?

Meditation means awareness. It could be an awareness of your breath or it could be an awareness of the sound of the train that you are riding on your way to work. As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to your mind, you are meditating effectively. Anything you do with awareness […]

It All Comes Down To Metering And Exposure

Imagine that you’re looking through the viewfinder of your camera.
You’ve framed the content of your photograph perfectly,  you’ve put a lot of effort and thought into this photograph.
Your subject is just where it should be, the light is perfect, this picture is going to be AMAZING!!
You press the shutter release to make your exposure when everything is […]

Photographing What You See And Photographing How You See

There’s photographing WHAT you see and then there’s photographing HOW you see .
It’s easy to create a photograph based on what you see.
Photographing what you see  involves getting an average exposure for what you see and framing it.
Anyone could photograph of what they see with a point and shoot camera while working in an automatic […]

Taking Responsibility For Your Photography

You are ultimately responsible for your photography, but you can choose to be totally responsible for your photograph or partially responsible for your photograph.
If you work your camera in an automatic exposure mode you are responsible for working your camera in auto exposure mode.
In automatic exposure mode you have chosen to have your camera pick your […]

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 […]

Finding Inspiration In The Ordinary

Not feeling inspired by the ordinary?
We tend to overlook the ordinary in search for  something extraordinary.
If you take a moment and look closer at the ordinary you will see something extraordinary.
When you see something extraordinary in the ordinary, photograph it.
The top of a traffic cone, a fork in a plate, a lightbulb in a lamp shade.
Try this with anything, it […]

A Good Photograph Involves A Good Thought Process

A good question came up in a recent photography class. I’m paraphrasing here: “If you create photographs in a RAW file format, since a raw file holds no white balance or color space, why do you bother setting white balance or color space?”
I set color space just in case I decide to capture in a […]

Taking Versus Making

When you work your camera in an automatic exposure mode you are taking  pictures.
In an automatic exposure mode your camera picks an aperture, a shutter speed and an ISO for you, so you TAKE what  you get as a photograph.
When you work your camera in fully manual exposure mode you are making  pictures.
In fully manual […]

Focusing Something In Your Photograph And Focusing Your Attention

During the Introduction Photography class we talk about three things that we often do as photographers with our cameras to create a photograph.

Metering: Using a light meter in our camera to measure the brightness of light.
Making An Exposure: Controlling the amount of light that we allow to fall onto light sensitive material.
Focusing: Using our lens […]

When You Make A Picture

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 […]

You Get What You Give

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 […]

How Does A Camera Work?

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.
That’s it!!
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 […]

Change Your Mind And Become A Nimble Photographer

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 […]

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 […]

Do You Think Your Camera Takes Good Pictures?

If cameras took good pictures, wouldn’t they be good pictures all of the time?

What Should We Pay to Improve Our Photography?

What do we need to pay to create GOOD photographs and yet cost us nothing out of our pockets?

What Are You Really Photographing?

Whether you are photograph people, landscapes, still lifes, or whatever else,  you are photographing light.
Everything you see is a source of  light.
The  source of light is either an illuminating light source or a reflecting light source.
It’s important to pay attention to an illuminating light source because a reflective light source  can not be seen without […]

Photographic Composition: Rules Versus Elements

In the dictionary, some of  the  words that  are  used  to define  rules are:

What  is possible or allowable.
Control or dominion.
Normal or customary.

In the dictionary, some of  the  words that  are  used  to define  elements are:

The primary or  fundamental parts of  something.

To me, the words used to describe rules are  restrictive, limited and will lead  to pictures that are  ordinary while the words used to […]

I’m Not Paying Attention To The Composition Of My Photograph

When we begin to learn about the craft of photography we may begin to think that that we are no longer paying attention to composition.
Instead of simply framing what we want  in our picture we’re now thinking about focusing, metering, exposure and more.
While attentively framing what we want in our photograph (content) is important, framing and the placement of content […]

The Three Things You Mainly Do With Your Camera To Create A Photograph

As a photographer I think that  there are three things that you mainly do with your camera to create a photograph.
You focus light (focusing), you measure light (metering) and you let a specific amount of light fall onto light  sensitive  material (making an exposure).
If you’ve been working your camera in an automatic mode your camera has been doing all […]

Your Photography, It’s All About You.

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 probably haven’t been making pictures […]


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