Learning to “See the Light”
Dec11

Learning to “See the Light”

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” ― Bram Stoker Light has four major qualities including color, quality, quantity and direction. As photographers seeking to master the art of exposure, seeing that light is the key to mastering the art of proper exposure. Notice I said art. Chiaro-scuro, as Italian Renai-ssance painters called it, is the use of effects...

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Light may be Light but…
Oct10

Light may be Light but…

“It’s hard to be a bright light in a dim world.” ― Gary Starta “Light,” as a wise photographer once told me, “is light” but while that may be true, you’ll need to measure the amount to get the accurate or correct (for the mood) exposure. If the exposure doesn’t let enough light reach the sensor, the image or part of it will be too dark. Conversely, too much light reaching the sensor results in a blown out or overexposed shot....

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Five Ways to Improve Your Photography
Aug22

Five Ways to Improve Your Photography

My friend Jason Anderson wrote a wonderful post called Five Ways to Improve Your Photographs that I think you should read when you get a chance. But today I want to offer you five different ways to improve your photography, little things you can do to improve your photography in general. Take one step closer to your subject. This is not an original thought but an idea one of my personal heroes, Ernst Haas (19210-1986,) made. If you’re...

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Things to Do in Tokyo When You’re Wet
May16

Things to Do in Tokyo When You’re Wet

A lot of people are surprised to learn that May is the rainiest month in Colorado. But what about Japan? Things to Do in Tokyo When You’re Wet? What else? Make pictures of other people taking pictures in the rain… If it isn’t already obvious, it’s a good idea to pack a small umbrella—one that fits in your camera bag—whenever you travel. I use an inexpensive ($16) Totes Raines collapsible umbrella that folds...

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Here’s a Few Travel Photography Tips
Apr10

Here’s a Few Travel Photography Tips

According to a recent AAA survey, more than 35% of Americans are planning to take a vacation of 50 miles or more away from home involving two or more immediate family members this year. Here’s a few tips that will help you not only make some nice photographic memories but also make the trip more enjoyable: Don’t carry so much gear that you get bogged down in the technical aspects of making photographs that you forget why you’re...

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It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature
Mar31

It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature

Back in the film days, when I was attending the Maryland Institute, College of Art, I created a series of upside-down images that were made by first shooting a photograph of urban architecture, then making a double-exposure by turning the camera upside-down and shooting the identical image creating a sort of optical illusion. This was tricky to do with a 35mm camera because in those days SLRs were designed to prevent accidental...

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Travel Photography: Have a Checklist
Feb07

Travel Photography: Have a Checklist

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”— Paul Strand If there is any secret about travel photography it’s that using your camera has to be instinctive; when an opportunity presents itself you may only have a few seconds to get a shot. There’s no time to think about what menu to use or how do I turn on continuous AF or what exposure mode am I in anyway? The scouts have it right, you gotta...

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