Posts Tagged ‘work’

A Classroom Discussion Between Two Photographers

While we were waiting for class to start the other night I heard two photographers discussing the differences in two cameras that are currently on the market. They both knew their stuff regarding equipment and both were considering upgrading their cameras.
I heard words like megapixels, low-pass filter, frame rate and other techno-speak during the discussion.
Not […]


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.


Drawing Inspiration-Duane Michals

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 best part of us is not what we see, it’s what we feel. We are what we feel. We are not what we look at . . .. We’re...

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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 […]


A Brief Conversation On Facebook

A student posted on Facebook that Amazon was picking up her book.
Me- Congratulations. Your work paid off.
Student- Thank you Sam…your class opened my eyes to what my camera was capable of!
Me- You’ve got it wrong. It’s what you are capable of doing through your camera.
Student – Your right…I forget I’m the one who tells the camera…what […]


Drawing Inspiration-Stephen Shore

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.
I discovered that this camera was the technical means in photography of communicating what the world looks like in a state of heightened awareness. And it’s that awareness of really looking […]


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.


The Cost Of Opportunity

“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 […]


Drawing Inspiration-Harry Callahan

Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
http://www.mocp.org/collections/permanent/callahan_harry.php
http://masters-of-photography.com/C/callahan/callahan.html
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


Choosing And Accepting

Someone stated, during a recent class that I was teaching, that a teacher from another class wondered why anyone would want to work their camera in manual exposure mode rather than an automatic exposure mode.
Good question.
In photography, you can choose the outcome of your composition by working your camera in fully manual exposure mode or […]


The Best Time Of Day To Make A Photograph

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 […]


Business Of Photography – You Are The Creator

What you create is intellectual property. This intellectual property is yours and you can make money with it. Intellectual property is the heart of your business as a photographer. If you want to learn more about the business of photography….


Drawing Inspiration – Stephanie Van Leeuwen

Drawing Inspiration – Stephanie Van Leeuwen
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
I’ve included a link to their work.
http://www.stephanievanleeuwen.com
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


Business Of Photography – Pro-crastination

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, […]


Drawing Inspiration – Marta Berens

Drawing Inspiration – Marta Berens
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
I’ve included a link to their work.
http://www.martaberens.com
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


Simplicity In Photography

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 […]


Drawing Inspiration – Acacia Johnson

Drawing Inspiration – Acacia Johnson
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
I’ve included a link to their work.
http://acaciajohnson.com
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


Why Using You Camera In Manual Exposure Mode Is Important

During my Introduction to photography classes, in Washington DC,  one of the first things I ask students to do is, introduce themselves, talk about their  background  in photography talk about what they’d like to get out of  the class.
Inevitably most, if  not all, of  the class wants to learn how to “make better pictures”. That’s […]


Drawing Inspiration – Lydia Goldblatt

Drawing Inspiration – Lydia Goldblatt
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
I’ve included a link to their work.
http://www.lydiagoldblatt.com
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


Can I…

get a print of your picture?
use your picture on my website?
get you to take pictures of (fill in whatever words work for you)?
If you’ve been asked similar questions then these are hints that you can probably earn some money with your photography.
Beyond having pictures that people want to use, make sure that you become familiar with […]


Drawing Inspiration – Caspar Claasen Photography

Drawing Inspiration – Caspar Claasen Photography
Drawing Inspiration is a series of posts dedicated to photographers who have inspired me.
I’ve included a link to their work.
http://www.casparclaasen.com
Who are the photographers that inspire you?
Please leave your comments and replies below.


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 […]


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 […]


You Can’t Automatically Create Good Photographs

This quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson resonates with me.
I hope that we don’t ever see the day when ready-made photo system, which guarantees good photographic compostions in advance, go on the market. -Henri Cartier-Bresson – “American Photo”, September/October 1997, page: 76
Unfortunately, I think that’s what many cameras have attempted to become today.
Auto-exposure, auto-focus, face-detection the list of auto features […]


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