Posts Tagged ‘Photograph’

Do You Use Your Camera Meter Thoughtfully?

Our meter allows us evaluate what we’re photographing, while our chosen exposure based on our metering allows us to get the visual information that we want in our picture.

Why Did You Do That?

All of these changes have a compositional outcome. If you are changing these things and not…

When Using Your Flash

There are primarily two things to consider.

The light coming from your flash.
The light coming from whatever you are photographing(your subject).

The light coming from your flash is an illuminating or transmitting light source.
The light coming from your subject is a reflective light source and is being illuminated by by whatever transmitting light source is available at the [...]

A Better Way Than Bracketing

Bracketing may be fine for static subjects, but if you are photographing things in flux, you’ve got one chance to get the right exposure.

Don’t Believe Your Photography Teacher

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

Good Cameras And Good Photographers

Are you more concerned about your equipment or more about your photography?
People don’t care about your camera, they care about your picture.
While you need a camera to make a photograph, you need to be a good photographer to make a good photograph.
Cameras don’t make good photographers or good pictures.
Good photographers can make a good picture with any camera.
Take A [...]

Technically Excellent Failures

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
Intermediate Photography

The Intentional Photograph

The composition of your photograph should be filled with intent.
If you, or your camera, are picking exposure settings in a haphazard manner, or based solely on the amount of light that you are working with, the composition of your photograph is lacking the visual depth that can only come with intent.
Everything from the choice of your lens to the  the exposure [...]

Do You Want to See More Things To Photograph?

Then look less.
Photography is more about seeing than looking.
Many photographers look for things to photograph instead of seeing things to photograph.
Looking is searching.
Seeing is discovering.
You don’t have look for things to photograph, everything is right in front of you.
All you have to do is see what is interesting about what is right in front of you and show [...]

Making Photographs Or Editing Files

Do you spend your time making a photograph or editing files?
You make a photograph with your camera, you edit files with your computer.
Some photographers get the photograph completed in the camera.
Some photographers rely on photo editing software to complete their pictures.
Photographers that get the photograph completed in the camera rely on their understanding of photography to create their final [...]

Expression And Composition

Expression is letting your thoughts or feelings be known.
Most of us use words to do this. As a photographer you’ve chosen to use a photograph.
Unless you’re working as a photojournalist, you can use your camera as a means of expression. Instead of words, you can let your thoughts, feelings and emotions be known by making a [...]

Practice Photography Without A Camera

Next time you’re viewing a photograph try to imagine how the photographer made the picture.

Do you think that they used a large aperture or a small aperture?
How about a fast or slow shutter speed?
What about the ISO?
And the focal length lens?
What do you think the the white balance setting was?

Of course no one knows the [...]

More Or Less

Photography is a thought process.
As a photographer you can think more or you can think less while creating your picture.
Put your camera in an automatic exposure mode and you think less.
Put your camera in a manual exposure mode and you think more.
You get out of your photography what you put into your photography. In this case more is more.
Make [...]

Staute of Liberty, Close-up, Up, Side-view, Liberty Island, New Jersey

Side-view, close up of the Statue of Liberty showing the book, crown and torch, Liberty Island, New York Harbor, Liberty Island, New Jersey. Liberty Island, once known as Bedloe’s Island is located on the New Jersey side of New York Harbor. (Sam D’Amico)
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Technical Mastery

Technical mastery is not enough.
While you can fill your photograph with technical mastery and dazzle your audience with your technical skills, without your heart and personal vision your photograph will always be empty.
Remember, technique  serves creativity. You need both.
Introduction To Photography 
Intermediate Photography

Backyard Fireworks, Sewell NJ

A daytime display of fireworks in the backyard of a home, Sewell, New Jersey. (Sam D’Amico)
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A histogram is a graph that gives you information about the tonality of your photograph. You should be able to display it when reviewing your pictures on your camera and in photo editing software.
The horizontal orientation of the histogram gives you information about brightness. The left part of the histogram represents dark tones, the right part of the histogram represents [...]

Want To make Better Pictures? Be Aware

At the core of of what you do as a photographer there are three things that need to be done to make a photograph.

Meter – Measure the brightness of light.
Make an exposure – Allow a specific amount of light to fall onto light sensitive material.
Focus – Focus light onto light sensitive material.

The first two you [...]

Looking And Seeing

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 [...]

Metering And Exposure : Evaluations And Decisions

Metering is measuring light.
Exposure is how much light you allow to fall onto light sensitive material (digital sensor, film, etc.)
Metering is an evaluation.
Exposure is a decision.
Meter for what you find important in your photograph. (Evaluation)
Expose for how bright or dark you want your picture to be. (Decision)
Metering and exposure are important elements of your composition [...]

A Brief Conversation On Facebook

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 [...]

Do You Really Need A Digital Photography Class?

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.

Basically, Your Flash…

Adds light to your photograph…
Reduces contrast…
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.

Blooming Cherry Blossom Tree Branches. Washington, DC. #2

Flowering cherry blossom tree branches during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Tidal Basin, Washington DC. The photograph was created by sandwiching two frames of 35 mm color transparency film together in one slide mount. (Sam D'Amico)

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