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Do You Use Your Camera Meter Thoughtfully?

Our meter allows us evaluate what we’re photographing, while our chosen exposure based on our metering allows us to get the visual information that we want in our picture.


Close Up Of A Big Black Dog Against A Dark Background

A close up of a large black dog blends into a dark background. The licenses that hang from the dogs neck can be seen glowing against the dog. Pullman, Washington. (Sam D'Amico)
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The C and O Canal and a wrought iron architectural detail in the Georgetown section of Washington DC

The C and O Canal and a wrought iron architectural detail in the Georgetown section of Washington DC


Tuba And Marching Band Musician, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

A close-up of the mid-section of a uniformed musician holding a tuba while waiting to enter the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. New York, NY. (Sam D’Amico)
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Pen Is To Writer As Camera Is To Photographer

Although we’re working with a camera, we’re using the camera to record light much like a writer uses a pen to record their words.


Backlit Yellow Leaf Hangs On A White Birch Tree In Autumn

A single yellow leaf hanging on a white birch tree glows from autumnal back-light, Boston Massachusetts. (Sam D’Amico)
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During the spring and summer,leaves get their green color from chlorophyll, a pigment needed for photosynthesis. As the sunlight wanes during the Fall the chlorophyll [...]


High Tension Wires At Sunset

High tension wires recede into the distance during sunset, Iselin, NJ.


Sharing The Shade Of A Small Tree, Washington, DC

Two people share the shade of a small tree in Washington DC. The commuters were seeking relief from the heat of a sunny, summer day while waiting for a bus on the 2800 Block of 16th Street N.W.


Lodgepole Pine Trees Yellowstone National Park

Along the sides of the roads in Yellowstone National Park you’ll see many stands of Lodgepole pine trees (pinus contorta). What struck me visually about the stands of these tall, straight species of pine was the density of the forests as well as the difference in the tonality and width of the individual trees.


Colorful Beach Umbrellas Move In A Summer Breeze

The edges of colorful beach umbrellas furl from a summer breeze while a seagull flies through a blue sky filled with fair weather white clouds, Long Beach Island, New Jersey.


Passenger Ferry On Puget Sound, Seattle, Washington.

A passenger ferry moves across Puget Sound toward Seattle Washington, the 35th floor observation deck At Smith Tower, Seattle Washington. (Sam D’Amico)
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Blooming Cherry Blossom Tree Branches. Washington, DC. #2

Flowering cherry blossom tree branches during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Tidal Basin, Washington DC. The photograph was created by sandwiching two frames of 35 mm color transparency film together in one slide mount. (Sam D'Amico)

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Use The White Balance Settings On Your Camera To Make Better Photographs

While using the auto white balance settings is fine for making an average picture, learning to use the various white balance settings on your camera allows you to use color on a more creative level.


Blooming Cherry Blossom Tree Branches. Washington, DC

Flowering cherry blossom tree branches during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Tidal Basin, Washington DC. The photograph was created by sandwiching two frames of 35 mm color transparency film together in one slide mount. (Sam D'Amico)
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Using Color Creatively

Light has color. We describe the color of light by the color temperature.
The  white balance setting on your camera determines how the color temperature of a light source records.
One option when picking a white balance setting on your camera is to get “color correctness”. Auto white balance will probably get you in the ballpark.
The other option is to [...]


Landscape And Fence Reflected In Windows, Pullman, Washington

A sunlit landscape and fence reflected in a series of windows on a home , Pullman, Washington. (Sam D’Amico)
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Steaks On Plates With Utensils On A Table, East Bangor, Pennsylvania.

Whole steaks and a partial steak on plates with utensils on a table. East Bangor, Pennsylvania. According to a New York Times article, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/weekinreview/27bittman.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0, “an estimated 30 percent of the earth’s ice-free land is directly or indirectly involved in livestock production, according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, which also estimates that livestock [...]


Child Inside Of A Car Reacts To People Outside Of The Car. Lehigh Valley Region, Pennsylvania

A child looking through a window from inside of a car reacts to seeing people that are outside of the car. The Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. (Sam D’Amico)
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I’m Not Alone in My Struggle With Art

I don’t like to use the word art when describing my work or the word artist when describing me.
The use of those words, to me, seem to be an attempt to artificially elevate something, or someone, to more than it, or they, are.
Here’s a blog post that resonates with my thoughts about art.
In a nutshell, some things [...]


View East While Traveling South On The Amtrak Northeast Regional Rail Line

View East while traveling South on the Amtrak Northeast Regional rail line. Somewhere between Iselin, New Jersey and Washington, DC. (Sam D’Amico)
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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 [...]


Hanging, Closed, Red Hibiscus Flower, Boy Scout Woods, High Island, Texas

A closed, red , hibiscus flower hanging near a walking trail. Boy Scout Woods (Louis B. Smith Bird Sanctuary), High Island, Texas. Before being purchased by the Houston Audubon Society, the 60 acres of wetlands, woods and coastal prairies was known as Boy Scout Woods because of the scout camp on the property. In 1982 [...]


Losing Your (White) Balance

Light has color.
We describe the color of light in as having a specific color temperature. Color temperature is measured on the kelvin (K) scale and temperatures on this scale are called kelvins.
The white balance setting on your camera deals with the color of light and each of the icons that represent your white balance settings [...]


Water Flowing Over A Terraced Structure, Bethesda, Maryland

Water flowing over a terraced structure, the Bethesda Metro Station, Bethesda, Maryland. (Sam D’Amico)
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