Monday Missive – March 20, 2017

Quotes

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” — Robert Frank

There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera. And, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful scene that you have ever witnessed. Don’t be bitter because you can’t record it. Sit down, drink it in, and enjoy it for what it is!” – DeGriff

Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.” – W. Eugene Smith

Links

– Alfred Stiegelitz
– Ethical wildlife photography
– A photographer’s guide to Iceland
– The return of film?
– 10 tips for PS selections This is pretty good. Also the first time I saw someone using “Matting” in the Layer menu or “Calculations” in the Image menu.
– Criticism of modern “art” photography From Leo Charpentier
– Photography by the alphabet – Part 4
– Retouching with the brush and color blending mode
– Water portraits in the studio This looked like fun.
– Three quick, simple lighting techniques

Monday Missive — January 30, 2017

Quotes

What we choose not to do matters.” — Seth Godin, 5/20/16

As soon as we say the truth is relative, and shiftable, and a matter of opinion, we lose the power that comes from knowing.” — Seth Godin 4/1/16

Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Links

– Interesting assignment and creative solution
– 40 tips for better photos
– Making fog and light beams Also free downloadable fog brush
– Tips for airline travel with photo gear
– Part 2: International Travel
– Animal Portrait Tips
– Post-processing software and plug-ins in 2017 Interesting read
– Selective sharpening in Lightroom
– Black and white street photography
– Arches National Park
– Processing Start to Finish in Lightroom Definitely worth 10 minutes to watch this video
– Using a Wacom tablet effectively

Sunrise at Chincoteague, 2007. Part of my Boundaries series.

Monday Missive – December 26, 2016

Quotes

Democracy’s worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents.” — Robert A. Heinlein

Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein

My photographs are a picture of the chaos in the world, and of my relationship to that chaos. My prints show the world’s constant upsetting of man’s equilibrium, and his eternal battle to reestablish it.” – Alfred Stieglitz

Links

– Low key and High key lighting Excellent addition to Kenny’s program
– Advanced landscape techniques
– There is more in the crop tool than you probably knew
– Even more on the crop tool
– Content-aware crop
– Output module in Bridge
– Image sizes for social media
– Diane Arbus
– 52 Photo challenges for next year

A young woman stops to jot down some notes on the street in NY.

Monday Missive – December 5, 2016

Quotes

For the marketer, the freelancer and the entrepreneur, the challenge is to level set, to be comfortable with the undone, with the cycle of never-ending. We were trained to finish our homework, our peas and our chores. Today, we’re never finished, and that’s okay.
It’s a dance, not an endless grind.
” — Seth Godin

I feel that all you can do is give it your absolute best with whatever gifts the universe has given you. And if you make it in some way that other people can recognize, that’s fine. But even if you don’t quote-unquote make it, you’re fine, if you’ve given it your whole heart and soul. You’re totally in sync with your purpose and with the universe. And that’s fine.” – Alice Walker

If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.” – Eve Arnold

Links

– Macro tips
– Select and Mask vs Refine Edge
– Camera resolution vs print resolution
– Printer resolution and settings
– Photoshop skills you need
– Grand Landscape Part II
– Resources for planning a photo trip
– Getting sharper images
– Lighting controls
– Perspective on photographing in Japan from a young Japanese photographer
– Environmental portraits with Flash with Joe McNally

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I find this to be a disturbing image, mostly because of the sculpture titled “The City Destroyed” by Ossip Badkine, supposedly representing anguish at the destruction of Rotterdam in WWII, but I think the strongly contrasting background and the broken windows add to the feeling. What do you think?

Monday Missive – November 21, 2016

Quotes

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” — Ansel Adams

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” — Marianne Williamson

Reaching a ‘creative’ state of mind thru positive action is considered preferable to waiting for ‘inspiration’.”Minor White

Links

– Interview with Jack Dykinga
– Conservation Photography
– Lynsey Addario: Notes from the conflict zone
– More creative self portraits
– Create 3D textures in Photoshop
– Summit in the Smoky Mountains
– This one is fun
– Overcoming a fear of strangers
– Sketch effect in Photoshop
– Wildlife Photographer of the year

The Art of Photography Assignments
– Introduction to the whole assignment concept
– Assignment::Variations First assignment in case you lost the URL. In this episode he references a journal, which he explained here:
– Photographer’s sketch books Then he provided some follow up and additional explanation of what to expect and why you will benefit from doing the assignments.
– Follow up to Ted Forbes 1st assignment How to be a great photographer

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Monday Missive — Nov. 7, 2016

Quotes

Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today.” — Edward Abbey

“…in the end, creativity is a gift to the creator, not just a gift to the audience.Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic.

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — Picasso

Links

– Caribou and morning fog in the Kenai Peninsula, AK
– Extension tubes vs diopters, focus stacking and tilt-shift lenses
– Card wars: Cfast vs XQD for replacing the existing Compact Flash and SD cards. What the future holds.
– The exposure triangle Basic but a good read for beginners.
– A collation of blogs by some of the best. David du Chemin’s Craft and Vision site is really good and he has collected ongoing submissions by some of the best photographers. Worth visiting weekly.
– This Street Photography article is from the Craft and Vision blog
– Make stronger BW images in LR
– Photographing Native American People and Lands
– Getting Sharper Images
– Still life photography This looks like fun if you have a couple of flashes and an old fish tank.
– Sharper images
– Editing children’s portraits This uses a child as an example but illustrates some really critical controls that can be used on almost any subject to really make your subject pop.

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Decaying barn on Route 209 in the Delaware River Water Gap. Taken at a John Barclay workshop, 2016.

Monday Missive – October 3, 2016

Quotes

Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.” – Berenice Abbott

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton

Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even if it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.” – William Klein

Links

– Long exposures without filters This is really cool!
– Before and After Animated .gif
– 5 Really useful keyboard shortcuts for PS
– Advice from Sebatiao Salgado In my opinion Salgado is one the greatest photographers still actively shooting.
– Using printer color profiles
– Good review of the basics of depth of field
– Lighting
– Epson P600 (old 2880) vs P800 (old 3880): cost effectiveness
– Shooting Wide
– Lightroom Presets

Close-up of the edges of an orchid flower

Close-up of the edges of an orchid flower

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Plant stamen taken at Rawlings Conservatory.

Monday Missive – September 19, 2016

Quotes

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.” – Dorothea Lange

Dare to declare who you are. It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech. The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.” – Hildegard Von Bingen

The notion of one photographer being better than another doesn’t interest me. You can’t win at art.” — David du Chemin

My gift to you is that I am different.” – Duane Michals

Links

– Beyond IR: Go Full Spectrum
– Fog is cool
– How to make sky replacements look more realistic
– Composition Around the Edges
– Stay Inspired!
– Flowers
– Cleaning your lens and sensor
– The Art of Intuitive Photography A 43 minute video, but you can skip the first 13 minutes.
– Cool stories of photographers almost killing themselves

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Cicada. 200 mm micro with extension tubes, two flashes in white reflecting box.

Monday Missive – September 12, 2016

Quotes

It’s pretty simple, really. Be decent, friendly, curious and respectful. Works most of the time.” — Joe McNally interviewed by Tamara Lackey, Rangefinder, Feb. 2016, p. 24

…photography is a craft that requires experimentation, risk and growth, and that getting better at photography is a journey that never ends.” – Chris Orwig, Photography Issue 5

Photography can light up darkness and expose ignorance.” – Lewis Hine

 

Links
– Two-faced effect in Photoshop Not sure I would use this, but I thought it was cool. Clipping pixel layers was not something I had ever done.
– Using Content Aware Fill Phlearn is my favorite place for worthwhile, free Photoshop tutorial videos.
– Rules Don’t Apply Right on Ryan!
– Tips for Real Estate Photography
-Shallow depth of field in bright sun I never thought of this use for an ND filter.
– Tack sharp macro
– Using Apply Image to very accurately split tone
– Vertical panoramas
– How you know when you are a photographer
– Tips for newbies

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Monday Missive – September 5, 2016

Quotes

There’s a world of difference between focusing a lens and focusing attention.” — John Paul Caponigro, in “The Power of Abstraction” on Craft and Vision.

“The paradox of the flawless record

If your work has never been criticized, it’s unlikely you have any work.
Creating work is the point, though, which means that in order to do something that matters, you’re going to be criticized.
If your goal is to be universally liked and respected and understood, then, it must mean your goal is to not do something that matters.
Which requires hiding.
Hiding, of course, isn’t the point.
Hence the paradox. You don’t want to be criticized and you do want to matter.
The solution: Create work that gets criticized. AND, have the discernment to tell the difference between useful criticism (rare and precious) and the stuff worth ignoring (everything else).”
Seth Godin, Sept. 4, 2016

Links

– Creating shadows for photoshop composites
– Long Exposure Photography
– Night Photography
– Adjusting contrast without changing saturation
– Personal Photography Projects
– Capturing emotions and moments
– 19 tips
– Adding background texture
– Trees
– Mushrooms

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Visited the Liberty Ship John W Brown off of Keith Ave in south Baltimore. Played with my 14 mm lens

Monday Missive – August 29, 2016

Quotes

The best plans evolve.” – John Paul Caponigro

There’s no correlation between creativity and equipment ownership.” — Hugh MacLeod

Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colors; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.” — Kahlil Gibran
 

Links
– Layer masks in Photoshop Really good video on layer masks.
– Removing people from you image Healing brushes, clone stamp, patch tool and content aware fill.
– Photographing motion, part 1
– Photographing motion, part 2
– New upcoming National Geographic series New episodes of wild_life With Bertie Gregory will launch every Wednesday through October on NatGeo Wild’s Youtube Page and at www.nationalgeographic.com.
– Multiple videos from the B & H Optic Conference earlier this summer
– Night Photography week on Creative Live September 12 – 16 First show at noon local time and repeat at about 7 are free.
– Good tips and pics on Night Photography
– More night photography
– Split toning

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Monday Missive – August 22, 2016

Quotes

Mysteries lie all around us, even in the most familiar things, waiting only to be perceived.” – Wynn Bullock

Experience has shown that the more fascinating the subject, the less observant the photographer.” – Andreas Feininger

When finding the right angle for a shot…’Move your ass.’” – Jay Maisel
Links

– Long lenses for scenic photography Contrary to common knowledge, I usually use long lenses for scenic photography. If I have a wide scene I am more likely to create a panorama than use a wide angle.
– Adjusting skin tones in LR and ACR
– New River Gorge National River, WV Another WV location to consider in the spring.
– Gorgeous time lapse and video of Grand Teton
– The art of posing and interpreting body language
– 96 years old and still learning
– Undeveloped film from the WWII era – Film Rescue This was an interesting story.
– A route to hit 47 National Parks Cool!
– Interview with Jennifer King Jennifer spoke at the club last year.
– Processing a fall landscape Matt K is an excellent instructor

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Monday Missive — August 8, 2016

Quotes

Cicadas buzzing in stillness…listen! Drilling in the summer sun…” — Basho

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgments simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.” — Edward de Bono

Links

– Free Adobe Phone Ap for vector images
– Avoiding Boring Mountain Pictures
– Different approach to composition: Visual Rhetoric Interesting stuff although many new concepts and terms presented.
– Is photography story-telling?
– Ultra-wide angle lenses
– Monochrome Therapy
– Your images could be illegally available for sale on Amazon
– Better Autofocus
– A brief but interesting history of photoshop

In-camera spin, using a lens with a foot attached to a tripod, so the spin is even and centered.

In-camera spin, using a lens with a foot attached to a tripod, so the spin is even and centered. f/22, 0.5 sec.

Using spin blur (Filter>Spin Gallery>Spin Blur) and moving the center of the spin off to the lower left.

Using spin blur (Filter>Spin Gallery>Spin Blur) and moving the center of the spin off to the lower left. f/16, 1/6 sec.

Which do you like better and why? Comments are welcome.

Monday Missive – April 25

Quotes

Good photography is unpretentious.” – Walker Evans

If you can influence the outcome, do the work.
If you can’t influence the outcome, ignore the possibility. It’s merely a distraction
.”
Seth Godin, 9/30/12

Instead of working so hard to prove the skeptics wrong, it makes a lot more sense to delight the true believers. They deserve it, after all, and they’re the ones that are going to spread the word for you.” – Seth Godin, 7/10/13

Links

Long Lens Tips
Making Realistic Reflections in Photoshop
A Story in a Still
Big Bend National Park
Making Northern Lights in Photoshop This looks like fun.
Be Receptive to Be More Creative
National Geo Tips for Good Travel Photos

 

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