Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Why Using You Camera In Manual Exposure Mode Is Important

During my Introduction to photography classes, in Washington DC,  one of the first things I ask students to do is, introduce themselves, talk about their  background  in photography talk about what they’d like to get out of  the class.
Inevitably most, if  not all, of  the class wants to learn how to “make better pictures”. That’s […]


Business Of Photography – Should You Work For Free?

My answer is no, you shouldn’t. However, it’s ultimately up to you to decide.
Here’s something to help you make that decision.
Learn About The Business Of Photography –  Take A Business Of Photography Class
 


Introduction to Photography classes starting – January 8 and 10, 2015

Introduction to Photography classes starting – January 8 and 10, 2015
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 […]


What Does A Good Photographer Really Need?

Of course, you need a camera. You also need…


Photography – Science, Craft, And Art

Photography combines part science, part craft and part art. You don’t need to know…


Your Mind Is Like A Camera

Your mind is constantly absorbing everything you see.
A camera is a way to record how you see.
If you use a camera to record how you see, and not simply what you see, your photographs will be unique.
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Can I…

get a print of your picture?
use your picture on my website?
get you to take pictures of (fill in whatever words work for you)?
If you’ve been asked similar questions then these are hints that you can probably earn some money with your photography.
Beyond having pictures that people want to use, make sure that you become familiar with […]


Introduction to Photography classes starting – January 8 and 10, 2015

Introduction to Photography classes starting – January 8 and 10, 2015
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 […]


Cameras And Photographers Are Everywhere

A camera used to be something that you had to buy as a distinct item and was intended to be used by a photographer.
Now you get a camera when you buy a cell or smart phone.
Since most everyone has a cell-smart phone, everyone has a camera and if  everyone uses the  camera on their phone, then […]


You Can’t Automatically Create Good Photographs

This quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson resonates with me.
I hope that we don’t ever see the day when ready-made photo system, which guarantees good photographic compostions in advance, go on the market. -Henri Cartier-Bresson – “American Photo”, September/October 1997, page: 76
Unfortunately, I think that’s what many cameras have attempted to become today.
Auto-exposure, auto-focus, face-detection the list of auto features […]


Business Of Photography – For Love Or Money

Why not both?
If you want to make money being a professional photographer you’ve got to make your photography a business.
It’s your love for photography that makes you a good photographer.
But do you love photography enough to make it a business?
Amateur photographers say that they love photography too much to make it a business. I think that photographers who say […]


Looking For Someone To Approve Of Your Photography?

Look no further than yourself.
The only thing you can depend on is your approval of your work.
You can’t depend on other people approving of your work.
Your approval comes first.
Approval from others is extra.
If you’re looking for approval from others, you’ll never find your own way as a photographer.
Find your own way as a photographer..


Introduction to Photography classes starting – January 8 and 10, 2014

Introduction to Photography classes starting – January 8 and 10, 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 […]


The Most Important Question You Can Ask Yourself As A Photographer Is…

“What do I think of my work?”
Answer it truthfully.
Your photography depends on it.
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Business Of Photography – Talent

Talent is not enough.
Not only do you need talent you need a good understanding of the business of  photography and a strong work ethic.
Your talent is what distinguishes you from every other photographer out there.
A good understanding of the business of photography will help you make good decisions when it comes to pricing your time, services and photography.
A strong […]


How (Exposure) Times Have Changed

Today we make photographs with exposures in fractions of seconds.
The first photograph, created in 1826 by Joseph-Nicephore Niepce, required an 8 hour exposure.
Read more here.
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You Can Photograph Anything

If you have a good understanding of photography and understand how to use your camera you can photograph almost anything you want.
Low light photography, sports, portraits, landscapes, whatever.
It’s all about understanding your subject as light and using you camera as a light recording tool.
If you can use your camera in manual exposure mode, all the better.
Upcoming photography classes


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.
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