Monday Missive — May 1, 2017

Quotes

“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

Links

– 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.

Monday Missive – April 10, 2017

Quotes

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

“Art is what you can get away with.” — Andy Warhol

Links

– 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
– Abstracts
– 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.

Monday Missive – April 3, 2017

Quotes

It’s tempting to diversify, particularly when it comes to what you offer the world. …
More breadth, though, doesn’t cause change, and it won’t get you noticed.
Focus works. A sharp edge cuts through the clutter.
” — Posted by Seth Godin on March 25, 2017

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Colin Powell

You learn to see by practice. It’s just like playing tennis, you get better the more you play. The more you look around at things, the more you see. The more you photograph, the more you realize what can be photographed and what can’t be photographed. You just have to keep doing it.” – Eliot Porter

Links

– Using Dehaze in LR and PS
– Julianne Kost in Antarctica A bit of advertisement, but also good tips on preparing for a major photo trip.
– Beating the creative rut A topic near and dear to my heart.
– Part 5 of Photo tips by the alphabet
– Richard Avedon From Steve Oney
– NY Street Photography Video and numerous images
– George Lepp tips
– Good story on photographing the great gray owl
– Rights and Risks of street photography
– New Zealand! Wow!

Blue poppy bud, taken at Longwood Gardens in PA, Mar. 24, 2017. Second place in camera club competition on 3/30.

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 – February 20, 2017

Quotes

Inspiring photographs…
– Can teach you a lot about photography.
– Can expose you to new techniques and photographers.
– Can provide great fodder for online sharining.
– Can be the ultimate creativity-killing distraction.
” — CJ Chilvers in A Lesser Photographer

Technique and gear seem insignificant if you have a message.” — CJ Chilvers in A Lesser Photographer

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

Links

– Photoassignment 3 from the “Art of Photography”– Ted does a great job of explaining the implications of shooting low, at eye level (both viewer and subject), and high.
– Is street photography dead?
– Printing
– Perfect panoramas and time lapeses Includes a link to a huge list of software, much of it free
– Making the most of your kit lens
– Tips for shooting in snow
– Getting shallow depth of field with flash If you can afford a f/1.2 lens
– Color management with ICC profiles
– Everything you ever wanted to know about tripods
– Getting the most out of your point and shoot

One more in my ongoing “Shorelines” project.

Monday Missive – January 16, 2017

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life of the artist, and this innerlife will result in his personal vision of the world.” – Edward Hopper

Broken and broken again on the sea, the moon so easily mends.” — Chosu

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

Links

– Noir
– Setting up your Mac for greater efficiency
– Photographing the Ottoman Empire
– 20 Iconic images from a 15,000 mile trip around North America
– DSLR Tips Part 2
– Street Photography This is an hour and three quarter video, but if you are into street, worth the time.
– Understanding copyright
– MLK: A history in pictures

Delaware River Water Gap; playing with lightning in PS.

Quotes

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 – Nov. 28, 2016

Quotes

[Laura] Henkin said, “I don’t think it gets talked about a lot, but I believe strongly that photographs should all be presented as interpretive prints—meaning, the artist is directing the viewer in what to see. In order to accomplish that, they need to have a strong idea of what the print should look like, and then an ability to lead their chosen tools to execute their idea for the print.” Cited by Jon Cone

In the arts there are many right answers.” – Jerry Uelsmann

If it doesn’t have ambiguity, don’t bother to take it. I love that, that aspect of photography—the mendacity of photography—it’s got to have some kind of peculiarity in it or it’s not interesting to me.” – Sally Mann

Links

– Changing Perspectives
– New Zealand
– Using the brush size to realistically cut out hair
– Using the Pen tool
– Adding a colored background to a photo Also how to use the refine edge brush in Select and Mask.
– Grand Landscape, Part I

I saw these possessions sitting on the street, all neatly folded and piled, with a note to an acquaintance and a begging sign.  It told one story, but I couldn't help but wonder, what the story would have been if I could talk to the owner.

I saw these possessions sitting on the street, all neatly folded and piled, with a note to an acquaintance and a begging sign. It told one story, but I couldn’t help but wonder, what the story would have been if I could talk to the owner… A life piled in 2 square feet.