Posts Tagged ‘photography’

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 [...]


The Top Of A Traffic Cone

A monochromatic abstraction is created by photographing the top of a traffic cone as seen while looking down, Friendship Heights, Maryland. (Sam D'Amico)

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Finding Inspiration In The Ordinary

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 Photograph Involves A Good Thought Process

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 [...]


The Craft Of Photography Is Product Neutral

Photography is a craft. Your camera is a product.
You use the product to work in the craft.
While it’s important to learn how to use your camera it’s more important to learn craft.
You can apply craft to any camera that you use once you learn how the camera does what you need it to do. This [...]


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 – September 28, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – September 28, 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 [...]


A High-rise View IntoThe Blue

The windows of a high-rise building, located in Bethesda, Maryland, reflecting the blue sky. (Sam D'Amico)
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Business Of Photography – What Business Are We REALLY In?

Whether your photography business involves photographing weddings, portraits, news, products or whatever, you’re really in the business of…


Practice

There’s an old joke that goes like this:
An aspiring musician arrives in New York via Penn Station.
The musician walks out of the station carrying their instrument and asks someone, “How do you get  to Carnegie hall?”
The person answers the musician, “Practice.”
How do you become a better photographer?
Practice!
Take a photography class with Sam


Starting To Learn Photography

You’ve got to start somewhere.
The place to start is to learn how to work your camera, preferably in manual exposure mode.
Learn to set your exposure by setting your  aperture and shutter speed.
Learn to pick the right ISO based on the compositional outcome that you want.
Learn to focus by learning how to use the focusing modes [...]


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 – September 28, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – September 28, 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 [...]


Looking For Your Photographic “Style” ?

Trying to find your style is like a dog chasing its tail. You’re trying to catch something that you already have.
I think a good analogy is verbal communication. We speak with each other to communicate. We effectively get our points across without thinking of ,or trying to find, a ‘style’ of speaking.
Photography is visual communication. [...]


Introduction to Photography class starting – September 13, 2014

Introduction to Photography class starting – 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 learn to [...]


DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – September 28, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – September 28, 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 [...]


Three Elk Heads On Opposite Walls As You Exit

Three taxidermically treated elk heads are mounted on two opposite walls near the exit of a hotel. Gardiner, Montana. (Sam D'Amico)

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Photography Is Not…

Cameras, lenses and equipment. These are tools to help you make photographs.
Photography is not f-stops shutter speeds and ISO or other technical matters. These things help you to refine your composition.
Photography is not about equipment or technical mastery.
There are plenty of mundane photographs created with expensive equipment and by photographers who excel technically but fail [...]


You Get What You Give

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 [...]


How To Use The Owners Manual To Your Camera Effectively

In order to become an effective and efficient photographer not only do you need to learn photography, you need to learn how your camera (the tool that you use to make photographs) works.
In order to learn how to work your camera, you’ll need to use the owners manual that came with your camera. [...]


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 [...]