Posts Tagged ‘photography’

The “M” On Your Camera Mode Dial

A participant in the Introduction to Photography commented that the “M” on the mode dial on her DSLR no longer meant “mystery” to her.
Beyond what it really means, which is manual exposure mode, I hope it also means…

more fun…
more creativity…
marvelous pictures…
meaningful photographs…
mindful compositions…
etc…

Thank you Alicia.
Take the mystery out of the  using the “M” (manual exposure) mode […]


Be A Photographer First

Before you can be a portrait photographer, or a landscape  photographer, or a wedding photographer, or a pet photographer or whatever type of photographer you want to be, you have to be a photographer first.
Better yet, be a proficient photographer.
If you don’t have a good foundation in the basics of photography and an understanding of characteristics of light, you’re not as proficient as you […]


Business Of Photography – Where Is Your Market?

I tend to think of the photography marketplace in two large general categories, the consumer marketplace or the business to business marketplace…


Introduction to Photography classes starting – November 19, 2014–LAST CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR 2014

Introduction to Photography classes starting – November 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 with basic camera operation […]


DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 18, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 18, 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 Yellow Daffodils

A narrow beam of sunlight entering a room through a small window illuminates daffodils in a vase. Daffodils are the March birth flower and symbolize rebirth, respect, regards, and unrequited love. Belonging to the genus narcissus, daffodils are also known as jonquils. The popular spring-flowering bulbs contain toxic alkaloids. Typical poisoning scenarios include consumption of […]


In Photography, The Learning Never Stops

You’re either learning to improve your craft or you’re learning to improve your communication through craft.
There’s always room for improvement.
Improving your craft includes understanding HOW the exposure settings that you pick effect your picture.
Improving your communication through craft includes understanding WHY you pick the exposure settings that effect your picture.
Take a photography class with Sam


(In)Dependence

If you think that technology will help you be a better photographer then you’ve given control over your photography to the people that want to sell you equipment.
More megapixels, more features, more gadgets, more this, more that.
The people who want to sell you equipment want you to think that there’s always something more in the technology and gadget department to help […]


Why Aren’t Your Pictures Better?

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 […]


A Different Point Of View

When I judged a themed photography contest, titled “A Different Point Of View”, I felt that I may have fell short of some expectations.
I have my idea of what “A Different Point Of View” means and the people that I disappointed have a different point of view of what “A Different Point Of View” means.
My […]


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

Introduction to Photography classes starting – November 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 with basic […]


DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 18, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 18, 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 […]


How Long Will your Camera La$t?

Many people think that digital cameras have made photography less expensive than using film.
I’m not so sure about that.
I think that in terms of workflow digital capture is much easier. In terms of your wallet, much harder.
When you consider the expense of a digital camera, digital storage, backup, software, and computer hardware I think working in […]


Deciding And Decisive

Until you press the shutter release to make an exposure you are a deciding photographer.
When you press the shutter release to make an exposure you are a decisive photographer.
If you are unsure of yourself and continue to make decisions, your pictures are produced from a place of uncertainty. Your work can become diluted if you spend too […]


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 18, 2014

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – November 18, 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 […]


Who Cares?

Who cares about your photography?
I’m not sure.
I am sure of this though, if you don’t care enough about your photography to give it all you’ve got, no one else will care about your photography.
Your work has to show that you care.
Take a photography class with Sam.


Arts And Crafts

Art is vague because art is subjective and is in the eye of the beholder.
I think to identify oneself as an artist is equally vague.
Art involves subjective judgement.
Craft is distinct and identifiable.
You can, with clarity and certainty, identify yourself as a craftsperson.
Craft involves skillful application of technique.
If you are skillful in your craft you are more likely to produce work that someone may judge as art.
Don’t worry about […]


Did You See That?

You probably did.
But you probably didn’t see it in the same way that anyone else did.
When it comes to your photography, show how you see instead of what you see.
It’s how we see that makes us distinct as photographers.
Visit samdamico.com to see Sam’s photographs and to take a photography class.


I Hope You Make A Lot Of Mistakes

Are you making mistakes in your photography?
I hope so.
When you make mistakes, you’re challenging yourself.
When you make mistakes, you can learn from your mistakes.
When you make mistakes, you’re doing things that you’re not comfortable doing.
This is how you evolve and progress as a photographer.
Do what you don’t know how to do until you know how to do it.
Do what […]


A Lesson From A Dog In Developing Your Photographic Style

Have you ever seen a dog chase its tail?
The dog is trying to catch something that it already has.
Are you trying to find your style as a photographer?
You already have it.
Your personal perception and experience of whatever you are photographing is your “style”.
Once you learn how to use the craft of photography  to communicate your personal perception and experience,  your “style” can […]


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 […]


Free Photography Tests

Use these tests to evaluate your understanding of making photographs. While it’s good to know what you know about photography, It’s also good to know what you don’t know.
You’ll get access to the following tests:

Module 1
Free Photography Tests

Unit 1
Test – Basic Photography And Basic Camera Operation

Unit 2
Test – Lighting With Flash

Unit 3
Test – Equivalent/Equal Exposures

To […]


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