Photography is a craft. Your camera is a product.
You use the product to work in the craft.
While it’s important to learn how to use your camera it’s more important to learn craft.
You can apply craft to any camera that you use once you learn how the camera does what you need it to do. This [...]
When you work your camera in an automatic exposure mode you are taking pictures.
In an automatic exposure mode your camera picks an aperture, a shutter speed and an ISO for you, so you TAKE what you get as a photograph.
When you work your camera in fully manual exposure mode you are making pictures.
In fully manual [...]
It’s impossible for any of us to be the one and only best photographer in the world.
Lee Friedlander, Helen Levitt, Harry Callahan, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier Bresson, Duane Michaels, Robert Frank, Amy Arbus; these are some of the best photographers in the world, but none of them are THE best.
What they are the best at is [...]
Your camera primarily does three things to create a photograph
Your camera focuses light (This is really done with your lens).
Your camera measures light.
Your camera exposes light sensitive material to light.
If you’ve been working your camera in an automatic exposure mode your camera has been doing these things for you.
If you want to create photographs that are [...]
In order to become an effective and efficient photographer not only do you need to learn photography, you need to learn how your camera (the tool that you use to make photographs) works.
In order to learn how to work your camera, you’ll need to use the owners manual that came with your camera. [...]
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 [...]
As a photographer I think that there are three things that you mainly do with your camera to create a photograph.
You focus light (focusing), you measure light (metering) and you let a specific amount of light fall onto light sensitive material (making an exposure).
If you’ve been working your camera in an automatic mode your camera has been doing all [...]
There’s no doubt about it. When I learned to use my flash unit thoughtfully and effectively as a compositional element in my pictures, I became a more versatile photographer and was able to confidently produce a wider range of work.
Learning how to use my flash not only added another skill to my craft as a photographer it also [...]
I tried learning all I could about Photoshop. What I learned is that I don’t want to learn it. Too much with the curves and channels and layers and masks. For me, there’s too much to learn and I find it difficult.
Am I stupid or lazy?
Call me stupid for thinking this but, I don’t think any of [...]
If you were in one of my photography classes and, while we were reviewing your work, you were to state that “I want my pictures to look like the way things really are”, I would ask “the way things really are to who?”
My question is meant to spur a conversation about seeing and perception.
While we may [...]
Learn on your own or learn from a good teacher.
A good teacher acts as a guide who will give you useful information and encourage you to apply that information to your own work, in your own way, so you can travel on your own unique path as a photographer.
Getting an affirmation or criticism from someone who we may view as an authority is not going to help us to become better visual communicators, or find our own way as photographers.
If you made a copy of the Mona Lisa and added a mustache to it would you consider what you created a new piece of art?
Welcome to the world of appropriation art.
I’m happy that appropriation artists are being sued by the creators of the original art.
Shepard Fairey and Richard Prince are a couple of the better known appropriation artists.
On a [...]
The words we choose are important and they can change your mind when it comes to your photography.