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 […]
Do you spend your time making a photograph or editing files?
You make a photograph with your camera, you edit files with your computer.
Some photographers get the photograph completed in the camera.
Some photographers rely on photo editing software to complete their pictures.
Photographers that get the photograph completed in the camera rely on their understanding of photography to create their final […]
Next time you’re viewing a photograph try to imagine how the photographer made the picture.
Do you think that they used a large aperture or a small aperture?
How about a fast or slow shutter speed?
What about the ISO?
And the focal length lens?
What do you think the the white balance setting was?
Of course no one knows the […]
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.
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 […]
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.
It’s disappointing to look for something and not find it. On the other hand it’s exhilarating to see something that you weren’t expecting.
Looking for something means that you have an expectation to find something specific. If you don’t find what you’re looking for you may be disappointed.
Seeing means that you became aware of something from observation. The specifics and expectations of […]
A recent e-mail exchange between a student who is thinking about getting a new camera and myself.
Me: Just out of curiosity, what type of camera are you using?
Student: Canon Rebel xti. Need to get a better camera. Any recommendations?
Me: Why do you think you need a better camera?
Student: To take better photographs? However, it’s on the bottom of the […]
“Opportunities” for photographers abound.
The thing to consider is the cost of that opportunity.
If the opportunity offers you no money to cover your expenses or time, then the cost of your opportunity is the wear and tear on your equipment, the cost of your expenses to get the work done and your time.
The cost of your expenses to get the work done […]
Some photographers say that there are certain times of day when it is best to make pictures because the light is better.
I’ll agree that the characteristics of light changes thorough out the day but I think that anytime of day is the best time to make a picture. I think that no time of day provides better or worse light – just different light.
All types of […]
An American Bison rests on the ground in a wallow, Yellowstone National Park. At one time bison roamed across much of North America and their numbers were estimated to be 20-30 million. In the 1870s the bison population was reduced during a mass slaughter which reduced the population to 10,91 in 1889. Today the bison […]
Many amateur photographers want their hobby to be a profession. Whether on a part time or a full time basis, to the photographer who has not gone pro yet, there seems to be nothing better than doing something you love for money. They’re absolutely right.
Let’s get down to business then.
Beyond being proficient in the craft of photography, which many amateurs already are, […]
Simplify your photography.
If you take the time to pay attention and visually simplify what you put in your viewfinder and simplify your process when creating photographs, your work will improve immensely.
The only things that belong in your photograph are what you consider to be the most important things, the only thing that you should include in your process […]
Photo editing software has pretty much replaced the traditional wet darkroom in the photographic process.
I couldn’t be more thrilled.
As a photographer, I didn’t like being in the darkroom and I didn’t like the chemicals. I’d rather be creating photographs than spending time in the darkroom. And I’m not a proficient printer.
Being a proficient printer is […]
The perfect photograph doesn’t exist because perfection doesn’t exist.
Your best photographs are your best photographs, but are they perfect?
Perfection is a perception and since your perception changes so does your idea of perfection.
Don’t waste your time chasing perfection.
Spend your time becoming a better photographer so you can do the best work that you possibly can.
Become a better photographer.
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 […]
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 […]
Do you remember the first time you saw something photographic?
Do you remember the first time you wanted to make a photograph?
Do you remember WHY you wanted to make photographs?
If you forget anything, don’t forget why.
Take a photography class with Sam.
Members of the Monday Seniors bowling league competing at the Woodbridge Bowling Center, Woodbridge, New Jersey. […]
Do you have some photographs that you’d like to frame and display?
Whether you do the work of printing and framing yourself, or have someone do the work for you, there’s a cost of time and money. Multiply the cost of time and money by the number of photographs that you want to frame and display […]
It seems that there are more reasons not to make pictures than to make them.
I didn’t make pictures because: it was too dark, it was raining, it was cloudy, it was the wrong time of day, I couldn’t find anything to photograph, I was uninspired, I didn’t have time, etc.
If you want to be a better photographer make the photograph […]
If cameras took good pictures, wouldn’t they be good pictures all of the time?
Whether you are photograph people, landscapes, still lifes, or whatever else, you are photographing light.
Everything you see is a source of light.
The source of light is either an illuminating light source or a reflecting light source.
It’s important to pay attention to an illuminating light source because a reflective light source can not be seen without […]
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 […]