Posts Tagged ‘tool’

The Camera – It’s Only A Tool

I talk about the camera as doing three things and, in order to help photographers to begin to develop a thought process behind their pictures, these three things MUST be done in consciously by the photographer .


Do You Know How To Meter?

You use your camera meter to evaluate the intensity, or brightness, of light.
You meter is located in your camera and chances are good that you have few metering patterns, or modes, to choose from.
Your metering mode has an area of influence that drives your exposure.
You meter is an evaluation tool while your exposure is used [...]


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 [...]


Night And Day And Flash

At night you may need a flash because you do not have enough available light to make a good exposure of your subject.
During the day you may need a flash  to add light to the darker areas of your subject.
Night or day, your flash is a valuable tool that can add light whenever and wherever you need [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


The Tools Of The Craft

If you wanted to be a carpenter you’d  have to learn the how to use the tools of the craft.
Hammer, saw, etc.
As a photographer the primary tool of your craft is your camera.
Your camera is a tool for recording light.
Although you use the same tool as every other photographer if you learn to use your [...]


Do You Really Need A Digital Photography Class?

If you learn the basics of photography, it doesn’t matter what type of camera you use. Film or digital, Nikon or Canon, as a photographer who has a good understanding of the basics photography, you’ll be able to create photographs with whatever camera is in your hands.


Communicating With Ease

For photographers the camera is a tool that is used to record light.
It’s what you use to visually communicate facts or opinions through a photograph.
In order  to be an effective photographer and visual communicator It is important that you feel at ease with using whatever camera you choose to use.
You should be as comfortable communicating through your camera as you are [...]


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 [...]


Your Camera…

Is a tool, for recording light. Your camera is a machine.
Your mind is what you use to create your photograph. Your mind is used in the creative process.
If you use your camera in an automatic exposure mode you are relying on a machine instead of your mind for the creative process.
A machine is not creative.
Use [...]


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 [...]


It’s In The Way That You Use It

You and I use things to write with. Pens, pencils computers, etc.
Stephen King and Maya Angelou use things to write with too.
Stephen King and Maya Angelou use things to write with in a way that makes them who they are in the literary field. They have taken a tool (pen , pencil, computer,) and use it in a [...]


Do You Think Your Camera Takes Good Pictures?

If cameras took good pictures, wouldn’t they be good pictures all of the time?


Your Camera Doesn’t Know…

You’re camera isn’t smart nor does it take good pictures.
You, on the other hand, have intelligence and you have the ability to make good pictures.
Your camera also doesn’t know anything.
Among some of the things things your camera doesn’t know…

What you want your  picture to look like.
What  you are making a picture of.
What  you want  to focus [...]


Drawing Inspiration – Alec Soth

Drawing Inspiration – Alec Soth
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.
“This is the same problem I have with digital photography. The potential is always remarkable. But the medium never settles. Each year there is a better camera to [...]


Photography Classes Washington DC – About The Sam D’Amico Photography Classes

Thank you for considering me in your search for photography instruction.
It doesn’t matter whether you use a film or digital camera. The camera is a tool that you use to create photographs.
During your photography class with me you’ll learn to use your camera and you’ll learn the skills that you need to use your camera [...]


Intermediate Photography

[ May 3, 2014; 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. June 29, 2014; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. August 3, 2014; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. September 3, 2014; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] Build on your understanding of basic photography, reinforce your application of photography fundamentals and increase your visual awareness and photographic compositional skills.
Have you been working your camera in manual exposure mode?  Do you have an understanding of  how to use aperture, shutter speed and exposure as basic compositional elements and feel that you’re  ready to [...]