Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Introduction to Photography class starting – September 9 and September 13, 2014

Introduction to Photography class starting – September 9 and September 13, 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 – September 3, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – September 3, 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 [...]


Watching The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony. Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington, VA.

A spectator watches the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. (Sam D'Amico)

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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?


Are You Ready For The Darkroom?

I was asked  about why I don’t offer darkroom skills, and/or photo editing software, instruction as a part of my workshops. If the topic of photo-editing software or darkroom work comes up, we’ll discuss it, but it is not a main topic.
I think that you can consider photo-editing software a digital darkroom.  Whatever I’ve written [...]


Some Thoughts On Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is a part of exposure.
You can set your shutter speed to vary the amount of light that falls onto your light sensitive material of choice.

Longer/slower shutter speed = more exposure = brighter picture
Shorter/faster shutter speed = less exposure = darker picture

Sometimes when I give a review during my  photography classes, photographers get the shutter speeds [...]


Introduction to Photography class starting – September 9 and September 13, 2014

Introduction to Photography class starting – September 9 and September 13, 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 will [...]


DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – September 3, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – September 3, 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 [...]


Biplane And Storm Clouds

A biplane appears diminutive while flying across a break in dark and ominous storm clouds over the Northwest, or Skylands, region of New Jersey. (Sam D'Amico)
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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 [...]


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 [...]


Your Camera Doesn’t Know…

You’re camera isn’t smart nor does it take good pictures.
You, on the other hand, have intelligence and you have the ability to make good pictures.
Your camera also doesn’t know anything.
Among some of the things things your camera doesn’t know…

What you want your  picture to look like.
What  you are making a picture of.
What  you want  to focus [...]


DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – September 3, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – September 3, 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 [...]


Introduction to Photography class starting – August 16, 2014

Introduction to Photography class starting – August 5 and August 16, 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 [...]


Train Tracks Blur While Traveling On A Train

Trains record as a blur while speeding along the tracks of the Amtrak Northeast Regional line in New Jersey. The Northeast Regional line was formerly know as the Northeast Corridor line. (Sam D'Amico)
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Am I A Stupid Or A Lazy Photographer?

I tried learning all I could about Photoshop. What I learned is that I don’t want to learn it. Too much with the curves and channels and layers and masks. For me, there’s too much to learn and I find it difficult.
Am I stupid or lazy?
Call me stupid for thinking this but, I don’t think any of [...]


“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 [...]


Introduction to Photography class starting – August 5 and August 16, 2014

Introduction to Photography class starting – August 5 and August 16, 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 – September 3, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – September 3, 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 [...]


Dignitaries From Ghana Wearing Traditional Clothing

Dignitaries from Ghana wearing traditional clothing. The dignitary in the center is holding a royal scepter, or damli.


Picture This:How Pictures Work. By Molly Bang

This is an excellent book that shows us visually, according to the author, “how and why structural elements affect our emotions. This is a ground for understanding and making visual art.”


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.


Why Did You Do That?

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


Introduction to Photography class starting – August 5 and August 16, 2014

Introduction to Photography class starting – August 5 and August 16, 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 [...]