A camera used to be something that you had to buy as a distinct item and was intended to be used by a photographer.
Now you get a camera when you buy a cell or smart phone.
Since most everyone has a cell-smart phone, everyone has a camera and if everyone uses the camera on their phone, then […]
This quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson resonates with me.
I hope that we don’t ever see the day when ready-made photo system, which guarantees good photographic compostions in advance, go on the market. -Henri Cartier-Bresson – “American Photo”, September/October 1997, page: 76
Unfortunately, I think that’s what many cameras have attempted to become today.
Auto-exposure, auto-focus, face-detection the list of auto features […]
The perfect photograph doesn’t exist because perfection doesn’t exist.
Your best photographs are your best photographs, but are they perfect?
Perfection is a perception and since your perception changes so does your idea of perfection.
Don’t waste your time chasing perfection.
Spend your time becoming a better photographer so you can do the best work that you possibly can.
Become a better photographer.
Today we make photographs with exposures in fractions of seconds.
The first photograph, created in 1826 by Joseph-Nicephore Niepce, required an 8 hour exposure.
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If you have a good understanding of photography and understand how to use your camera you can photograph almost anything you want.
Low light photography, sports, portraits, landscapes, whatever.
It’s all about understanding your subject as light and using you camera as a light recording tool.
If you can use your camera in manual exposure mode, all the better.
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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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
If cameras took good pictures, wouldn’t they be good pictures all of the time?
What do we need to pay to create GOOD photographs and yet cost us nothing out of our pockets?