Composition

Potential


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 […]


“I’ll Fix It In…”

If you’ve got to “fix” your picture in photo-editing software, you’ve made a mistake.


Do Photography Critiques Help? It Depends.

You must look at your own photographs with a cool, critical eye and if the person giving the critique is more interested in your photography than their own, then you’ll leave with useful information on how to improve your photography.


Technically Excellent Failures


I’m Not Paying Attention To The Composition Of My Photograph


What If?

What if…


Our Cameras…


How Can We Keep Our Photography Interesting?


The Three Things We Mainly Do With Our Cameras To Create A Photograph


Missed The Picture? Don’t Worry About it.


Learning Photography

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.


Taking Pictures Or Making Pictures: What’s the Difference?

The words we choose are important and they can change your mind when it comes to your photography.


Are You Bored As A Photographer?

Are you bored of seeing the same things to photograph or do you feel that you need to go to a new place to breathe life back into your photography? The problem isn’t that you’re seeing the same things over and over again. The problem is that you’re seeing the same things in the same […]


What’s The Key To Photography?

What do you think makes someone a photographer?


Don’t Have Your Camera Handy? You Can Practice Photography Anyway.

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? […]


“I Want My Pictures To Look Like The Way Things Really Are”

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 […]


Picture This:How Pictures Work. By Molly Bang

This is an excellent book that shows us visually, according to the author, “how and why structural elements affect our emotions. This is a ground for understanding and making visual art.”


When It Comes To Improving YOUR Photography, MY Opinion Does Not Help

This post was motivated by discussions with participants in my classes who were seeking affirmations or criticisms about their photographs. When someone asks me what I think of their photography, I ask them what do THEY think of their photography. I’m not avoiding the question; I’m attempting to get the photographer to actively engage their […]


More Or Less

Photography involves a thought process. As a photographer you can think more or you can think less while creating your picture. Put your camera in an automatic exposure mode and you think less. Put your camera in a manual exposure mode and you think more. You get out of your photography what you put into your photography. In this […]


The “Priority” Exposure Modes

On your exposure mode dial there is an aperture priority mode and a shutter priority mode. In aperture priority mode, you pick the aperture (f-stop) and your camera picks the shutter speed. In shutter priority mode, you pick the shutter speed and your camera picks the aperture. The problem with these modes is that, in terms of […]


The Potential Of The Camera

Most students who register for a basic photography course say that they want to realize the full potential of their  camera. I’d rather have you realize your full potential as a photographer, regardless of your camera Take a basic photography class with Sam


Do You Want to See More Things To Photograph?

Then look less. Photography is more about seeing than looking. Many photographers look for things to photograph instead of seeing things to photograph. Looking is searching. Seeing is discovering. You don’t have look for things to photograph, everything is right in front of you. All you have to do is see what is interesting about what is right […]


Real and Unprocessed

I like my photographs like I like my food, unprocessed and real. A photograph is always a “real” photograph but it can be a truthful or contrived photograph. Truth is easy, contrivance takes some work. Contrivance can happen pre-production with staging something, or it can happen post production in editing software. Contrivances that happen from pre-production involve setting up […]


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