Posts Tagged ‘photography’

How To Buy Photography Equipment

Photography equipment can be expensive, and the truth of the matter is that getting new gear won’t help your photography skills.
Learning more about photography will help your photography skills.
New equipment should help you do your work as a photographer more fluidly.
For example, the flash that was built into a camera that I was using recently was limited in […]


You Can Work Any Camera

What if you were to borrow someone’s camera because you didn’t bring your camera to an event.
Could you work the camera to make the photographs that you wanted?
You could if you had a good foundation in the basics of photography.
You would dig into the camera settings and change the settings to suit your way of […]


The Potential Of The Camera

Most students who register for a basic photography course say that they want to realize the full potential of their  camera.
I’d rather have you realize your full potential as a photographer.
Take a basic photography class with Sam


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 […]


Using Your Owners Manual Effectively

Before you learn photography you’ve got to become familiar with the tools/equipment (camera, lens, flash, etc. ) that you use to do photography. That’s where the owners manuals to the equipment that you use comes in. This tutorial will show you the most effective way to use the owners manuals that came with your equipment […]


Drawing Inspiration – Helen Levitt

Drawing Inspiration – Helen Levitt
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
If possible, I’ve included a quote and a link to their work.
Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images. – Helen Levitt
http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=helen+levitt+quotes&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&q=helen+levitt+photography&oq=helen+levitt+&aq=1&aqi=g10&aql=&gs_l=serp.1.1.0l10.327893.327893.2.331993.1.0.1.0.0.0.0.0..0.0…0.0.cH76-vvK8Jw&psj=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=bb794ab44db8d128&biw=1062&bih=556
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


Night Photography Classes

I was recently asked if I teach night photography classes and I answered “yes, the classes that I teach in the evening start  at 6:30 pm and usually end at 9:30pm.”
I misunderstood the question. The question was about whether I taught a class that specialized in creating photographs at night.
Do you really need a special […]


Street Photography And Modern Times

Good article from the The Observer about street photography.

Among others, some of the photographers who influenced me are mentioned.

Lee Friedlander, André Kertéz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand and Helen Levitt.


Do You Want to See More Things To Photograph?

Then look less.
Photography is more about seeing than looking.
Many photographers look for things to photograph instead of seeing things to photograph.
Looking is searching.
Seeing is discovering.
You don’t have look for things to photograph, everything is right in front of you.
All you have to do is see what is interesting about what is right in front of you and show […]


Visitors At The Eternal Flame, Grave-Site Of John F. Kennedy, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Viginia

Visitors gather near the Eternal Flame, which marks the grave-site of John F. Kennedy, JFK. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. (Sam D’Amico)
Click on image to:
View a larger version
License Use (Rights Managed Stock Photography)
Buy a print


Photography Is Hard Because It Is Easy

Photography is probably the easiest medium in which anyone can be competent.
Anyone can be a marginally capable photographer and produce a decent photograph.
The hard part of photography is developing a personal vision that is idiosyncratic.
The hard part of photography is separating yourself visually from the rest of the photographers who are making decent photographs.
Your photography has to become more than decent and has […]


Your Prescription For Better Photography

If I were to give you a prescription to improve your photography, and for you to improve as a photographer, here’s what it would be:

To make better pictures and to be a better photographer take at least one picture a day in fully manual exposure mode.
Take the recommended dose  at varying times of the day, in different locations and […]


Drawing Inspiration-Robert Doisneau

Drawing Inspiration-Robert Doisneau
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
If possible, I’ve included a quote and a link to their work.
“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.” – Robert Doisneau – “The Encyclopedia of Photography” […]


Just You And Your Camera Are Enough

You: A thoughtful and creative being looking for a way to express itself.
A Camera: A tool that records light that can be used as a means of personal expression.
When you learn the craft of photography and learn to use the camera in manual exposure mode you have all you need to create expressive photographs.
Sure, you might need a flash […]


More Or Less

Photography is a thought process.
As a photographer you can think more or you can think less while creating your picture.
Put your camera in an automatic exposure mode and you think less.
Put your camera in a manual exposure mode and you think more.
You get out of your photography what you put into your photography. In this case more is more.
Make […]


Don’t Over Do It

A new technique that becomes popular among photographers tends to become an overdone fad.
Just because you know how to use a technique doesn’t mean you have to use it all of the time. If you do, then the technique defines you as a photographer. You get to be known as the photographer who uses such and such technique.
If […]


Drawing Inspiration-Nan Goldin

Drawing Inspiration-Nan Goldin
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
If possible, I’ve included a quote and a link to their work.
“A lot of people seem to think that art or photography is about the way things look, or the surface of things. That’s not what it’s about for me. […]


Be A Good Photographer Or Just Look Like One

Many people equate good photography with equipment. They’ll see a photographer with the newest, top “o” the line camera and lenses, and a bunch of other equipment and think that this photographer must be good photographer.
Being a good photographer is different than looking like one.
There are a lot photographers who have tons of gear but don’t know how to […]


Introduction to Photography classes starting – February 4 and 7, 2015

Introduction to Photography classes starting – February 4 and 7, 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 […]


DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – February 7, 2015

DC Photography Class – Intermediate Photography classes starting – February 7, 2015.

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 […]


Camera Centric Vs. Light Centric

When you start to learn photography you also start to learn how to work your camera.
You get caught up in learning how to use your camera to create a photograph.
You pay attention to camera operation and equipment
At this point you are camera centric.
While it’s important be camera centric for a period of time, there comes a time when being camera centric […]


The Importance Of Exposure

I don’t think the importance of exposure could be overstated as an element of photographic composition
If you put all of your effort into framing and all of the other elements of composition and you miss the mark on your exposure, all of your other efforts are diminished because your picture is too bright or too dark.
Once you learn […]


Are You Ready For The Darkroom?

My personal experience in learning photography has led me to believe that, before you venture into the darkroom, it makes more sense to learn the basics of photography first so you could produce properly exposed negatives. Without properly exposed negatives you’ve got nothing, to work with in the darkroom.


Introduction to Photography classes starting – February 4 and 7, 2015

Introduction to Photography classes starting – February 4 and 7, 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 […]


','

'); } ?>