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 19, 2016

Quotes

Nature has explained to me many things that books alone could not give me. Science and nature have given me the most interesting hours of my life.
Roman Vishniac

Logic will never change emotion or perception.” — Edward de Bono

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. … If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” — Goethe

Links

– Night time lapse
– Photographing meteor showers
– George Lepp Tech tips
– 60 excellent winter pictures
– Working your on-camera flash
– Low light landscapes
– Nat Geo Nature Photographers of the year
– Luminosity Masks and Blend-If Includes down loadable actions; explains how to use luminosity masks with Blend-If
– Getting prints made on different materials; getting your old photos bulk scanned

Lovely model at Grafitti Warehouse. Didn’t get her name but hope to see her again.

Monday Missive – December 12, 2016

Quotes

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincent Van Gogh

When I looked at the resulting images, however, they felt distant, cold, and disconnected despite being technically sound (and sellable). I was taking pictures of the land; I was not making images about the land and about my connection with it.” — Colleen Miniuk-Sperry in an interview by Kyle McDougall on November 27, 2016 on Image and Rhythm website.

Photojournalists … are in search of moments that will connect us to our fellow man.” — Kathy Ryan

Links

– Super Telephotos
– Understand your subjects to take better wildlife pictures
– Raw Lightroom Workflow Part 2
– Instagram Terms of Service – What you agree to let them have
– Wide-angle close-ups
– Breaking the rule of thirds This is a good one with pretty good examples.
– Protecting your images on line
– Video followup to protecting your images Shows how to use action and script to automatically write copyright data to a file on opening.

Took  this in 2009 at Hopewell in Canada near the Bay of Fundy.  Didn't realize at the time that I had a photographer between the rocks.  It is good to go back and review old work every now and then, especially as your post-processing skills in improve.

Took this in 2009 at Hopewell in Canada near the Bay of Fundy. Didn’t realize at the time that I had a photographer between the rocks. It is good to go back and review old work every now and then, especially as your post-processing skills improve.

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

captive

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?