Monday Missive — June 26, 2017

Quotes

I don’t figure out my vision and my direction so I can make photographs, I make photographs so I can figure out my vision and direction.” — David DuChemin, Vision is Better, Episode 61

That’s how you discover your vision. By doing, by trying and letting the resulting work speak to you. The stuff you love, that points to an aspect of your vision, your opinion, your taste. The stuff that doesn’t light you up — that points to where your vision isn’t. Go the other way.” — David DuChemin, Vision is Better, Episode 61

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” — John Maynard Keynes

Links

– MacPhun luminar Soon available for PC. Provides layers, non-destructive editing, numerous presets for $69.
– Cuba
– Star trails in Minnesota
– Histograms
– David duChemin on Vision Episode 61
– 7 tips for street photography
– History of photojournalism From Steve Oney
– Window light
– 7 people who changed photography forever Some names I didn’t recognize. A good opportunity to follow up and learn something.
– Useful ways to view masks in Photoshop

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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 15, 2016

Quotes

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

It happens a lot. The first frame is the winner.— Gregory Heisler

I wish my artwork could persuade millions of people to join a global conversation about sustainability.” – Edward Burtynsky

Links

– Three filters you should have in your kit
– Night Photography
– Optimizing photos in LR This video is almost an hour and half, but has a lot of good stuff. It is equally about what to do and how. Tim goes through everything in the LR Develop module, most of which is also available in Camera Raw in PS. Will definitely help some in competitions.
– David DuChemin’s new blog Looks good. He is a thoughtful photographer who communicates well.
– Great travel checklist both for before you and enroll and before you leave
– Do you know about your diopter?
– Black and White Conversions Introduces some adjustments I hadn’t heard of before including equalize and selective color.
– Shooting Shooting Stars
– Choosing a Tripod

Dance to the Music. At the Sowebo Festival 2016

Dance to the Music. At the Sowebo Festival 2016