Photography offers so many different ways to tell a story.” — Fiona Struengmann in an interview with Cat Lachowskyj in Lens Culture
Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” – Paul Klee
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
– Nature conservation and BW Photography
– Interesting approach to street photography
– The tripod ban in Zion
– One LR feature to turn off a second to turn on
– Enhance lighting in LR
– Photographing shorebirds
– Natural Light/Open Shade
Lighthouse on Prince Edward Island, Canada
Cabot Beach Provincial Park, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The area is known for its red sandstone beaches.
Summerside Lighthouse, long exposure, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Kindness. Expertise. Attitude. Skill. Emotional intelligence. Honesty. Generous persistence. Willingness to take risks. Loyalty. Perceptivity. Attention span. Care. Self awareness…” — Seth Godin, June 28, 2018
There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”– Abraham Lincoln
I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.”– Nan Goldin
– Using content aware to remove distractions
– Neat little trick in 60 sec video on “guided upright” in LR or PS
– Choosing a workshop
– Dorothea Lange
– Street photography winners Take the time to “View the Full Series.” These are very good examples of a body of work.
– Two New Nikon mirrorless cameras I am excited about this because I would really like a smaller, lighter, but fully capable camera AND be able to use my existing lenses. We will see what is on the table later this summer.
– Adobe alternatives without a subscription Some are very reasonably priced with a great array of features
– Don’t ask “is it good?” ask “did it succeed?”
– Vintage NYC in found photos
From Steve Oney:
– Apps for landscape photographers Some post processing aps but also: ephemeris, peak identifier, long exposure calculator. light pollution, weather, etc.
Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” — John Maeda
On some level art is first an act arising from the self. Only then can it be concerned about speaking to, engaging with, or pleasing others. The more clear you are about your intent, the more simplified (not simplistic) your vision, the fewer barriers you’ll have to contend with as you execute that vision.” — David duChemin
We have the choice, to actively write a more interesting story, or passively accept the one that comes our way.“– David DuChemin, A Beautiful Anarchy
– Lightroom mistakes to avoid
– Copyright misconceptions
– 5 top landscape photographers
– Attain success through failure
– Neutral density filters
– Excellent photo essay on bagels Learn about bagel making and how a Fuji camera worked in these specific conditions.
– Why you get your best ideas in the shower
– 7 ways to be more creative
– Using the sun for greatest effect
From Steve Oney:
– Great street photography concept
Sort of a take on “yellow brick road,” but I can’t figure out how to make the “road” a consistent angle with the background. Any help out there? Do I need to re-shoot?
“Photographers should follow their own judgment, and not the fads and dictates of others.” – Bill Brandt
“And only the photographer himself knows the effect he wants. He should know by instinct, grounded in experience, what subjects are enhanced by hard or soft, light or dark treatment.” – Bill Brandt
“I consider it essential that the photographer should do his own printing and enlarging. The final effect of the finished print depends so much on these operations.” – Bill Brandt
– Addiction photography
– Young Love
– Extracting liquid glass and smoke in Photoshop
– Sky replacement in Photoshop Shows lots of tools, including getting rid of the bright halos around selections.
– Photographing mountain hares in Scotland in winter Not for me, but still interesting.
– Capturing mist and fog
– Ralph Gibson
– Chromatic compositions
– The decisive moment: some really neat street photos
-Two houseboats converted to floating studios, touring Europe
On the Beach, part of a portfolio I have been working on for a couple of years.
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Tagged Bill Brandt, color, color theory, culture or social photography, decisive moment, extract, fog, mist, nature photography, Photoshop, Ralph Gibson, Scotland, sky replacement, street photography, wildlife, winter |
The choice of motivation is a fork in the road. … It changes the story we tell ourselves.” — Posted by Seth Godin on February 02, 2018
Photographs can be reduced to light, lines and moments. Everything else is derivative, a subcategory or effect of those three fundamentals.” — David duChemin
But the truth is, it’s not the idea, it’s never the idea, it’s always what you do with it.” — Neil Gaiman
– Understanding raw processors
– Fan Ho, BW master street photographer
– Working with layers in PS
– Part 2 of Mastering your craft: Overcoming obstacles to mastery
– Part 3 of Mastering your craft
– Getting your LR CC images back from the cloud
– The Kallitype process
– Accessories for macro photography
– Changing color in LR There are similar controls in Camera Raw if you use PS. It also seems you could do similar things with a color layer.
Catwoman waiting for you in the dark.
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Tagged BW, camera raw, color, Composition, David duChemin, Fan Ho, Kallitype, layers, Lightroom, macro, monochome, Photoshop, street photography |
“Patience is allowing yourself longer than you thought it could possibly take to master your craft.” — David duChemim
“I have accepted influences but I think I have always known ow to dominate them.” — Matisse, quoted by Robert Adams in Beauty in Photography
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” — Rumi
– Surrealism in street photography Fascinating article. I do some surrealism and street, but never made the connection.
– Ethereal monochrome
– Composition: line of sight of your subjects
– Medium format monochrome only back This is a review of a $50K medium format back, but there is a lot about how sensors work, resolution and spectral sensitivity.
– Use Image Processor in PS to resize multiple images
– Image splitter: making big images with small printers
– Dream big!
– How to brighten up portraits
– 5 ways to be more creative
The goddess contemplates the gold she has lifted from the earth as her counselor makes a point. The counselor is from a Giacometti sculpture, the goddess is Water-Moon Guaynin and the gold post were all from the BMA.
Criticism’s job is to clarify art’s mystery without destroying it.” — Robert Adams, Beauty in Photography
An expanding mindfulness of visual language gives me new ways to express myself, even if I am never understood.” — David duChemin, in The Soul of the Camera
Photography, like writing, is about storytelling. Pens and cameras are merely the tools we use to bring self-expression to life. If you have nothing to say, you images will reflect that. It’s important to build your own narrative through exploration, learning and diverse experiences that enrich your storytelling.” — Claire Rosen, Imaginarium
– 7 Wildlife techniques
– Julianne Kost edits three images from Tasmania in detail This is as helpful for what she does as how she does it.
– Get out of a creative rut
– Becoming an international freelance photographer
– Use content aware scale to change aspect ratio of image
– Interesting photo essay about street people in Poughkeepsie
– Guides to BW photography Excellent profiles of 7 noteworthy BW photographers, including Kenna and Uelsmann and several techniques profiles
– Embed these concepts into your workflow
– Use multiple exposures to reduce image noise
From Steve Oney:
– Comparison of 10 photoshop alternatives If you haven’t committed to Adobe, several of these are much better than not processing your images at all or using the manufacturer’s software.
– NIK Fans: run NIK standalone
Out of the Maelstrom, color. I should note that all of my photo friends that chose to comment preferred the color version to the BW. What do you think?
Out of the Maelstrom
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Tagged BW, content aware, Creativity, freelance, Jerry Uelsmann, Kost, Michael Kenna, NIK, noise, Photoshop, street photography, Tasmania, wildlife |
It doesn’t take a genius to see that competence is no longer about our ability to press certain buttons in a certain sequence. Far more often, competence involves the humanity required to connect with other people, in real time.” — Posted by Seth Godin on November 16, 2017
It requires emotional labor, not merely compliance.
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
All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.” –- Elliott Erwitt
– 5 masters of documentary photography
– 5 beginner mistakes Good video for novice photogs
– Off camera flash
– Street Photography Good practical thinking about street photography
– Things that you didn’t know you can do with “Fill”
– The intimate landscape
– Impressive images and advice from 10 outdoor photographers
– Using RGB curves
– Art vs Craft
– Fairy tale photos of everyday life
The job of the photographer . . . is to be coherent about intuition and hope.” — Robert Adams in Beauty in Photography
“. . .
the best photographs rely more on the fact that the photographer saw something the rest of us overlooked” — David duChemin, in The Soul of the Camera
The more experience you have, the more you can close that gap between what you see and what the camera sees.” — Steve McCurry
– Reflections of Italy David duChemin, one of my favorite photography writers, just completed a workshop in Italy. These are his images from that trip.
– Art of Photography assignment on self-portraits
– Adobe’s version of what updates are included in PS CC 2018
– How is “professional” photographer defined?
– Tips – Get best results consistently, Part 1
– Part 2
– Creative Burnout
– Explanation of the best new tools in PS CC 2018 I found this very helpful on some tools I knew about, but didn’t really understand how to use.
From Steve Oney:
– Blog of blogs Some of the best photo blogs
From George Spicer:
– Game farm photography
From Harry Bosk via Facebook:
– Update on the ‘Bible’ of street photography
Evening in SC
Rabbit in the Trees
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.” — Anne Frank
Every single story that nature tells is gorgeous.” – Natalie Angier
I sat some minutes, lost in my thoughts of the beauty of the place.” — William O. Douglas, The Maroon Bells of Colorado
– Using Nikon’s auto fine tune properly
– Autumn in the northeast
– Fall tip – Backlighting
– Photographing nature with UV
– Black and white slides from Tri-X Great latitude; works for other BW films too.
– Increasing speed and capacity in your desktop
– Street photography: “The Sartorialist”
– Shooting birds in your backyard
Thanks to Steve Oney:
– In Memoriam: Pete Turner Excellent video by the Eastman House. Turner had an exceptional eye and amazing use of color. Also see – Peter Turner dies at 83
– And representing the other side of the spectrum (opposite UV), an article on IR with work by Laurie Klein
A house on a hill off of a dirt road in Vermont. Taken during a Piezography workshop.
New England soldier: Hiram E. Pearsons
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Tagged backlighting, computers, fall color, Fall foliage, IR, Pete Turner, SSD, storage, street photography, tips, UV, wildlife |
Making stuff is great.” — Posted by
Making connections is even better. Seth Godin on August 06, 2017
I love being alive, and the art is evidence of that.” — Jim Carrey
Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”
— Diane Arbus
– Strange but innovative work from a young Japanese photographer
– Dinner time in different households This is an interesting concept that piqued my curiosity
– Black and white photography
– Phlearn Magazine: 5 Photo stories
– Using the histogram correctly
– Printing from Photoshop
– National Wildlife Refuges
– George Lepp Tips
– Street photography and the law
Sunflower, Hugg-Thomas Wildlife Management Area, Sykesville, MD
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
– MacPhun luminar Soon available for PC. Provides layers, non-destructive editing, numerous presets for $69.
– Star trails in Minnesota
– 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
Playing in the Garden
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Tagged abstract, Creativity, Cuba, histogram, Macphun, masks, night photography, Photoshop, software, street photography, vision |
It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin
Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception–do not confuse them with “facts” or “truth”. Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that EVERYBODY has a different viewpoint.” – John Moore
Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. Give it what you’ve got.” – Steven Pressfield
Links – Dealing with the airline laptop restrictions
– Photography on skid row If you are in to street photography, this is about as gritty as it gets.
– Fantastical wildlife This is a new approach to wildlife photography
– 7 great tips on the ps interface
– Color Theory
– Getting published in magazines
– The Art of Art Wolfe
– Lightroom best practices
– Does ETTR apply to night photography?
– The value of Critique
June beetle taken at BugShot Delaware held at the St. Jones Reserve and Ted Harvey Beach using the white box.
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Tagged abstract, Art Wolfe, color theory, composites, critique, Lightroom, night photography, Photoshop, street photography, surrealism, travel |
“Creativity is always enhanced by a constraint. This is true in filmmaking, music, painting, writing and even photography.”
Comfort is where art goes to die.”
The best critiques I’ve seen are not about the image’s technical properties. The best critiques question why the photograph was created in the first place.”
— CJ Chilvers in A Lesser Photographer
– Therapeutic photography
– Photography and mental health
– Street photography This is an hour long video with Steve Simon on street photography. Worth the time.
– Interesting one light set up for portraits
– Printing your work can make you a better photographer
– Blending modes to control luminosity, hue and saturation
– Oregon Photo Odyssey
– A 12 week project photographing an eagle’s nest
– 7 Nikon tricks Nikon menu options for focusing you probably didn’t know were there
– Difficult removals in photoshop This is pretty good and is applicable to many different images
A young woman fiddling for a charitable cause. Baltimore Farmer’s Market, 4/23/17.
Self-doubt kills talent.” – Edie McClurg
Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.” – Jack Nicklaus
rt is what you can get away with.” — Andy Warhol
– Adventure photographer Chris Burkard
– Hated and Loved Fonts Not directly photography, but I know use fonts in documents with photographs as well as for my watermark.
– Good primer on mat board
– Water photography
– Street Photography
– How to recover shadows and highlights
– Making dramatic images
– Wide angle lenses for landscapes Explains a lot about lenses and includes prices.
– Climate change and equatorial mountain glaciers Really interesting story.
– 5 steps to make your subject pop
Agave leaf. Longwood Gardens.