Monday Missive — April 17, 2017

Quotes

“I often think of my work as visual haiku. It is an attempt to evoke and suggest through as few elements as possible rather than to describe with tremendous detail.” – Michael Kenna

Photography’s great difficulty lies in the necessary coincidence of the sitter’s revealment, the photographer’s realization, the camera’s readiness. But when these elements do coincide . . . when the perfect spontaneous union is consummated. . . the very bones of life are bared. — Edward Weston

Great photography is always on the edge of failure.” – Garry Winogrand

Links

– Moving around in Photoshop
– Graduated and radial filters in LR
– Creating a home studio
– Lighting for the home studio
– Speedlights
– Data management and workflow
– The story behind Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother”
– How to photography meteor showers
– Conceptual Photography Another assignment from the Art of Photography
– Adding textures in photoshop
– Abstract landscape photography
– Removing logos in PS This is applicable to a lot more than just removing logos. Includes spot healing, clone stamp, content aware, selections, brush and dropper tools.

Model, April 2017 Grafitti Warehouse

Monday Missive – March 27, 2017

Quotes

I believe in wonder and look for it every day.” – Keith Carter

Sometimes nature seems more beautiful than strictly necessary…” — Steven Weinberg

And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in greet underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

Swinburne (Atlanta in Calydon)

Links

– Cityscapes
– General tips for difficult situations
– Photo Assignment Red; Color Palettes
– More on selections
– Wildflowers
– Expose for the highlights
– Willem Wersen, Street Photography
– Natural History Videography This one is a little outside what I generally include, but I have met Clay Bolt, this is an interesting story, and it was recently in the news because it is the first time a bee has been listed as endangered.
– Composites
– More compositing techniques

Longwood Gardens, March 24, 2017. Aloe (Halathia) processed in NIK with Brilliance and Warmth, and Tonal Contrast.

Monday Missive – March 13, 2017

Quotes

Every photograph is altered, to one degree or another.” – John Paul Caponigro

Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form.” – Jean Luc Goddard

Your photography is a record of your living.” – Paul Strand

Links

– Winter wildlife photography in Yellowstone
– George Lepp tips: focus stacking landscapes, lens focus calibration and sizing images
– Moving multiple exposures
– Submissions from Forbes Photo Assignment 4 and the next assignment
– A conversation with Malin Fezehai, a cultural photographer
– Achieving sharper images
– Shooting stars
– Helpful tip for the PS Patch Tool – Diffusion option
– Telling a story in landscape photography
– Photography by the alphabet part 3
– Doggy pix Too cute.

This week’s images reflect tonight’s forecast. Stay safe on roads!

Dried leaf on snow.

Dried leaf on snow.

Shoveling snow.

Monday Missive — February 27, 2017

Quotes

Creativity isn’t about wild talent as much as it’s about productivity. To find new ideas that work, you need to try a lot that don’t. It’s a pure numbers game.” — Robert Sutton

I found I could say things with colors that I couldn’t say in any other way – things that I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” – Paul Klee

Links

– Creative flower photography
– Are photography trade shows worth it?
– Lightroom’s tone curve
– Photographing textures
– How to create a surreal photo collage Includes several brief tutorials on different aspects of compositing
– How to create a dramatic sky in photoshop Shows how to use Blend-If
– The Art of Photography: images from Assignment 3
– Flash diffusers
– Mt. Assiniboine – The story of the picture
– Photography by the letters
From Steve Oney: – Portfolio review video with James Estrin of the times of Kristin Adair’s project related to incarceration This gives good insight into creating a body of work for those who generally shoot without specific intent.
– Inspirational BW photo

Beach Walker, Cape Cod, 2013

Monday Missive – February 13, 2017

Quotes

We are only trying to tell a story. Let the 17th-century painters worry about the effects. We’ve got to tell it now, let the news in, show the hungry face, the broken land, anything so that those who are comfortable may be moved a little.” — David Seymour (Chim); David Seymour will be the subject of Tom Beck’s presentation on March 9

Anyone can shoot chaos. But the most perceptive photographers can make compelling pictures out of uninteresting moments.” – Alex Tehrani

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” — Ralph Hattersley

Links

– Developing a Portfolio
– Best presentation on color I have seen
– Psychology of color– Using adjustments on a Smart Object preserves future editing Pretty cool – I didn’t know you could do this.
– Quick sky adjustments in LR
– Beating the Creative Rut
– DIY light tent for close-ups and products
– Adding stars to a night sky
– Medium Format Landscape Photography

Ma’kayla Hall; taken at Graffiti Warehouse 2/11/17

Monday Missive – February 6, 2017

Quotes

I do what I feel, that’s all. I am an ordinary photographer working for his own pleasure. That’s all I’ve ever done.” – Andre Kertesz

Sometimes you don’t know why you’re doing something. You’re intuitively following, to see where it leads.” – Edward Burtynsky

If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.” – Jay Maisel

Links

– Put a photo inside text This is a fun effect and might be neat if you want to create some cards for Valentines Day or Birthdays.
– Photo make over Matt Kloskowski does a good job at this. Shows how to edit 3 photos using LR, PS and ON1 to make the most of them. Things to think about before competitions.
– Conversation with Susan Burnstine, Part I
– Conversation with Susan Burnstine, Part II
– Long exposure tips A personal note: some blurring in streams and cascades to show motion is fine, but some images use such long exposures it looks like the stream is filled with milk. Personal opinion: that looks yucky!
– Incredible National Geo pictures
– Nature’s Best Winning Images

A beach at sunrise with rays hitting on the water and a beautiful cloud formation.

One more from the Beaches series that is still a work in progress.

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 – October 10, 2016

Quotes

I was not part of the plot. I was on the outside looking in. A mere spectator peeking through the insulating and protective window of a lens.” – Chuck Kimmerle, The Unapologetic Photographer Blog 7/7/15

Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.” — Frank Herbert, Dune

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” — Imogen Cunningham

Links

– Black and white layer in Photoshop
– Three brief articles from George Lepp
The focus stacking one is helpful, but you might wish to skip the video and cart articles. He solved for me the focus or move focus-stacking question.
– How to approach wildlife
– Really, really good stories and life lessons of a photographer 6 minute video that I highly recommend.
– Adding color with Photo filters in PS
– Hi- and Low-key lighting for portraits
– Make your own golden hour light
– 21 tips for sharper photos
– Street photography with a twist

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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 26, 2016

Quotes

I’m fond of implied narratives, oblique angles, and leaving a little room for the viewer to finish a picture.” – Keith Carter

Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.” – Paul Strand

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness.” – Anthony de Mello

Links

– Minimize the size of your Photoshop working files without compromising editability Interesting comparison of PSD, PSB and TIF; helpful if you create large, multi-layered files.
– Telling people stories
– Photographing fall color
– Shoot the moon!
– Good tips for mobile photography With really excellent images to illustrate.
– Interesting BW from London
– Johansson makes incredible surreal composites
– Honoring Yellowstone
– Blooming Sunflowers and the Milky Way
– A photographer’s anxiety order shown through her self-portraits

Brooding one morning over tea, I looked down and saw an image.

Brooding one morning over tea, I looked down and saw an image. See the Paul Strand quote above

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.