Renewing Your Creativity
Nov09

Renewing Your Creativity

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”― Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Over the past several years, my personal photography has enjoyed a sort of rebirth. This burst of creativity is sometimes the topic of dinner table conversations between Mary and me. She alternately credits a change in camera brands from the system I’d been using or a change in my home and office environment to the home and...

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Composition and the Movies
Jan29

Composition and the Movies

People often ask me what inspires me and I have to say that my main influences are the movies. Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved movies and when I started making photographs, it was films that influenced my composition and camera angles and still does to this day. Here’s how some people make a picture: They walk around and see something interesting, then holding the camera up to their eye, take a shot and keep walking thereby...

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Another Way of Looking at the Rules of Composition
Jan10

Another Way of Looking at the Rules of Composition

Throughout the history of photography, there has been much written about all kinds of “rules of composition.” For example, there’s the famous rule of thirds that divides and image into three slices and dictates specific intersection points within the frame where subjects should be placed for maximum impact. While there is an element of truth in all of these kinds of rules, using a dogmatic approach to your photography may not be the...

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