Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Photography Is Not Math

There are two simple math equations below. One is right and one is wrong.

2 + 2 = 4
2 + 2 = 5

Math is right or wrong.
The photographs that we make are not math.
There are no right or wrong photographs.
There are no right or wrong ways to create photographs.
There are no right or wrong cameras to [...]


Gift Certificates For The Photographer

Instead  of more camera gear, get the photographer in your life, (that could be you), a gift certificate for photography instruction so they can become a better photographer.
The photographer who receives the gift certificate could apply it toward any type of photography instruction that Sam D’Amico offers.
Click This Link To Buy A Gift Certificate!
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A Photographer’s Raw Material

As a  photographer, what’s the raw  material that you work with?
For example:
A potter works with clay as their  raw material.
A carpenter works with wood as their raw material.
A chef works with food as their raw material.
The question is: A photographer  works with___?__ as their raw material.
Fill in the blank by leaving a reply below as your answer.
I’ll [...]


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 [...]


Introduction to Photography classes starting – November 6, 8, 16 and 19, 2014–LAST CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR 2014

Introduction to Photography classes starting – November 6, 8, 16 and 19, 2014–LAST CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR 2014
Learn to work your camera.

Learn basic photography.
Learn to make better photographs.

Introduction to Photography classes starts monthly.
Register now to reserve your place in the class.
By working your camera in fully manual mode throughout the class, you will become thoroughly familiar [...]


DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 1, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 1, 2014

Reinforce your basic photography skills and techniques…
Learn new skills and techniques…
Understand and observe light…
Be more precise in the creation of your photograph…
Have the process of creating a photograph become more second nature…
Learn about basic flash photography…
Learn the basics of color photography…
Create thoughtfully composed photographs [...]


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 [...]


What Makes A Professional Photographer?

Is it having a good eye? No
Is it having a good camera? No.
Is it having excellent skills? No again.
While all of the above are helpful, what makes a photographer a professional is their attitude toward their work.
A photographer who treats photography as a vocation, and not as an avocation, is a professional.
When your attitude shifts so [...]


To Make Better Photographs, You’ve Got To Start Somewhere

If you want to go beyond point and shoot photography you’ve got to start somewhere.
Getting to know your camera and learning a few basic things about photography will get you off to a good start.
Simply learning the following three things will get you on the path to working your camera in manual mode and will [...]


Introduction to Photography classes starting – November 6, 8, 16 and 19, 2014–LAST CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR 2014

Introduction to Photography classes starting – November 6, 8, 16 and 19, 2014–LAST CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR 2014
Learn to work your camera.

Learn basic photography.
Learn to make better photographs.

Introduction to Photography classes starts monthly.
Register now to reserve your place in the class.
By working your camera in fully manual mode throughout the class, you will become thoroughly familiar [...]


DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 1, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 1, 2014

Reinforce your basic photography skills and techniques…
Learn new skills and techniques…
Understand and observe light…
Be more precise in the creation of your photograph…
Have the process of creating a photograph become more second nature…
Learn about basic flash photography…
Learn the basics of color photography…
Create thoughtfully composed photographs [...]


Pin Oak Leaf In Snow, Near East Bangor, PA

A Pin Oak Leaf, wet with drops of water, lies on the ground in the snow. In the vicinity of East Bangor, Pennsylvania. (Sam D'Amico)
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License Use (Rights Managed Stock Photography)
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Your Photographs Framed

Do you have some photographs that you’d like to frame and display?
Whether you do the work of printing and framing yourself, or have someone do the work for you, there’s a cost of time and money. Multiply the cost  of time and money by the number of photographs that you want to frame and display [...]


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 [...]


Photographing At Night

There’s not really any difference, in terms of photography, between photographing during the day or photographing at night.
You either have more light to work with or less light to work with. The bottom line is that you need to be able to evaluate what you’ve got to work with in terms of light and adjust your exposure as you see [...]


Introduction to Photography class starting – October 8 and October 11, 2014

Introduction to Photography class starting – October 8 and October 11, 2014
Learn to work your camera.

Learn basic photography.
Learn to make better photographs.

Introduction to Photography classes starts monthly.
Register now to reserve your place in the class.
By working your camera in fully manual mode throughout the class, you will become thoroughly familiar with basic camera operation and [...]


DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 1, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 1, 2014

Reinforce your basic photography skills and techniques…
Learn new skills and techniques…
Understand and observe light…
Be more precise in the creation of your photograph…
Have the process of creating a photograph become more second nature…
Learn about basic flash photography…
Learn the basics of color photography…
Create thoughtfully composed photographs [...]


Silhouetted Pine Tree. Yellowstone National Park.

A pine tree silhouetted against the sunlit landscape. Yellowstone National Park. USA. (Sam D'Amico)
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View a larger version
License Use (Rights Managed Stock Photography)
Buy a print


The Most Valuable Thing I Own As A Professional Photographer

Although I own equipment that allows me to do my job as a photographer the most valuable thing that I own by far is


Lenses and Digital Camera Sensors

When it comes to digital camera sensors and the lens you put on your camera there are different scenarios that are possible and those different scenarios have different visual outcomes.

As a photographer you can use these outcomes as part of your composition.


Disappointment

It’s part of life.
You’ll disappoint yourself,you’ll disappoint others and others will disappoint you.
This applies to your photography, too.
From where I see things you have three choices.

Continue to live with disappointment.
We can try to please everyone, including yourself, and attempt to exceed their expectations, but it ain’t gonna’ work. As Bill Cosby said, “I don’t know the [...]


Introduction to Photography class starting – October 8 and October 11, 2014

Introduction to Photography class starting – October 8 and October 11, 2014
Learn to work your camera.

Learn basic photography.
Learn to make better photographs.

Introduction to Photography classes starts monthly.
Register now to reserve your place in the class.
By working your camera in fully manual mode throughout the class, you will become thoroughly familiar with basic camera operation and [...]


DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 1, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 1, 2014

Reinforce your basic photography skills and techniques…
Learn new skills and techniques…
Understand and observe light…
Be more precise in the creation of your photograph…
Have the process of creating a photograph become more second nature…
Learn about basic flash photography…
Learn the basics of color photography…
Create thoughtfully composed photographs [...]