The words we choose are important and they can change your mind when it comes to your photography.
If you’ve got to “fix” your picture in photo-editing software, you’ve made a mistake.
Who you spend your time with influences your aspirations and struggles.
The aspirations and the struggles lead to change.
The changes are what you eventually become.
You should spend your time with people who demonstrate the standards to which you aspire and who will support your struggles.
Keep this in mind when spending time with photographers too.
Take a photography class
Do you think about how great would be to be a better photographer, work in photography as your career, to have your dreams come true?
Waiting for dreams and wishes to come true can’t be relied on. You can rely on your actions and your efforts.
You can spend time dreaming and wishing or you can spend time taking concrete actions and [...]
If you take a photography class, it’s not enough to simply put in your time during the class.
A good photography class will give you information related to the class topic, but to have what you learn in the class sink in you’ve got to apply what you learned to your work outside of class.
If the [...]
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.
If you [...]
The light meter on your camera measures the brightness of light.
Metering is an evaluation.
Exposure is how much light you allow to fall onto light sensitive material.
Exposure is a decision.
Metering and exposure are essential to getting the photograph that you want.
If your pictures are coming out to dark or too bright this indicates you should probably devote some time to [...]
Sell it or lease it.
If you want to go into business as a photographer, please understand that it requires patience and a mindset that is no different than getting up every day and going to a nine to five job.
First, you’ll need the skills to do the work that you want to do.
If you’ll be self employed, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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