Posts Tagged ‘Photographers’

“I Want My Pictures To Look Like The Way Things Really Are”

If you were  in one of my photography classes and, while we were reviewing your work, you were to state that “I want my pictures to look like the way things really are”, I would ask “the way things really are to who?”
My question is meant to spur a conversation about seeing and perception.
While we may [...]


Do You Hate Your Flash?

You’re not alone.
Many good photographers hate to use flash.
The flash is either too bright, or too dark, or looks too ‘flashy’.
Photographers usually avoid using flash because of their strong aversion to the “look of flash” or because they don’t understand how to use it…read more


Your Camera Owners Manual: The Lite Version Versus The Full Version

Many of the printed manuals manuals that come with todays cameras are an abbreviated version of the full manual.


Are You Taking Pictures Or Making Pictures?

The words we choose are important and they can change your mind when it comes to your photography.


Pen Is To Writer As Camera Is To Photographer

Although we’re working with a camera, we’re using the camera to record light much like a writer uses a pen to record their words.


Rules And Photography

Everybody seems to look for rules that will make their photography easier and better.

While rules may make your picture making easier, I don’t think rules make your photography better or help you to be a better photographer.


Don’t Believe Your Photography Teacher

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


The Camera – It’s Only A Tool

I talk about the camera as doing three things and, in order to help photographers to begin to develop a thought process behind their pictures, these three things MUST be done in consciously by the photographer .


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 [...]


The Company You Keep

Who you spend your time with influences your aspirations and struggles.
The aspirations and the struggles lead to change.
The changes are what you eventually become.
You should spend your time with people who demonstrate the  standards to which you aspire and who will support  your struggles.
Keep this in mind when spending time with photographers too.
Take a photography class


Street Photography And Modern Times

Good article from the The Observer about street photography.

Among others, some of the photographers who influenced me are mentioned.

Lee Friedlander, André Kertéz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand and Helen Levitt.


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 [...]


Photography Is Hard Because It Is Easy

Photography is probably the easiest medium in which anyone can be competent.
Anyone can be a marginally capable photographer and produce a decent photograph.
The hard part of photography is developing a personal vision that is idiosyncratic.
The hard part of photography is separating yourself visually from the rest of the photographers who are making decent photographs.
Your photography has to become more than decent and has [...]


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 [...]


Be A Good Photographer Or Just Look Like One

Many people equate good photography with equipment. They’ll see a photographer with the newest, top “o” the line camera and lenses, and a bunch of other equipment and think that this photographer must be good photographer.
Being a good photographer is different than looking like one.
There are a lot photographers who have tons of gear but don’t know how to [...]


A Classroom Discussion Between Two Photographers

While we were waiting for class to start the other night I heard two photographers discussing the differences in two cameras that are currently on the market. They both knew their stuff regarding equipment and both were considering upgrading their cameras.
I heard words like megapixels, low-pass filter, frame rate and other techno-speak during the discussion.
Not [...]


Same Picture, Different Photographers

Believe it or not this scenario isn’t as far fetched as you may think.
Imagine that you and a bunch of other photographers were standing side by side and were photographing the same thing.
You all had DSLR cameras. You all had your cameras set to the same auto-exposure mode and you all pressed your shutter at the same [...]


The Tools Of The Craft

If you wanted to be a carpenter you’d  have to learn the how to use the tools of the craft.
Hammer, saw, etc.
As a photographer the primary tool of your craft is your camera.
Your camera is a tool for recording light.
Although you use the same tool as every other photographer if you learn to use your [...]


The Cost Of Opportunity

“Opportunities” for photographers abound.
The thing to consider is the cost of that opportunity.
If the opportunity offers you  no money to cover your expenses or time, then the cost of your opportunity  is the wear and tear on your equipment, the cost of your expenses to get the work done and your time.
The cost of your expenses to get the work [...]


The Best Time Of Day To Make A Photograph

Some photographers say that there are certain times of day when it is best to make pictures because the light is better.
I’ll agree that the characteristics of light changes thorough out the day but I think that anytime of day is the best time to make  a picture. I think that no time of day provides better or worse light – just different light.
All types of [...]


Communicating With Ease

For photographers the camera is a tool that is used to record light.
It’s what you use to visually communicate facts or opinions through a photograph.
In order  to be an effective photographer and visual communicator It is important that you feel at ease with using whatever camera you choose to use.
You should be as comfortable communicating through your camera as you are [...]


Business Of Photography – Pro-crastination

Many amateur photographers want  their hobby to be a profession. Whether on a part time or a full time basis,  to the photographer who has not gone pro yet, there seems to be nothing better than doing something you love for money. They’re absolutely right.
Let’s get down to business then.
Beyond being proficient in the craft of photography, which many amateurs already are, [...]


Above Average Photographers Make Above Average Photographs

If you’re an average photographer, you’re making photographs in an average way.
The average way of making photographs consists of working in an automatic exposure mode.
An automatic exposure mode, since it picks your exposure settings for you, produces an average exposure and what follows is an average photograph.
An average photograph has been created because, beyond the [...]


How The Flash On Your Camera Can Help You

When you have a better understanding of light, you become a better photographer.