“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Anthony Robbins
“Concentrate on your motivation… and the thought of what about the scene made you stop to look.” – Richard K. Kaiser
“Who knows how many artists fail because the light that shines through them is defracted in a thousand directions and not concentrated in a single beam?” – Eric Maisel
– High speed flash sync
– 9 BW tips More thoughtful than usual
– Using camera calibration to control color
– Surrealist photographers
– Tips on Nikon settings Some are really neat, like how to save your settings to a card. I would expect that Canon et al. has similar options.
– Color look-up, especially “Crisp-warm” and using the color blend mode
– Introduction to Masks
– Lensbaby velvet lens I rarely do equipment, but I have the 85 mm version so I wanted to see how this experience compares with mine.
– Slow speed synch on flash
– Photographing gannets at the end of the world
Ancient live oak and house on Daufuskie Island, SC.
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The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” – Malcolm X
. . . there are two important … questions to consider: what do I want to say, and how do I make myself understood by the one with whom I’m communicating.” — David duChemin, The Soul of the Camera
– Pro-tip Part 3
– Julianne does color and luminance masking
– Very fast Phlearn demo on compositing and creating a .gif (cinemagraph) file
– 12 favorite east coast locations
– Annie Griffiths, National Geographic: Using your camera for good WOW, very strong story.
– Handmade books
– Caponigro: What printing can do for you
– Eight great photographers of today
– The difference between levels and curves
– 10 favorite western locations
The prow of the John Brown with anchor lines.
Crankshaft in the engine room of the Liberty Ship John Brown, anchored in Baltimore Harbor.
Gun sights and canon from the prow of the John Brown.
You’re doing it wrong’” — Posted by
But at least you’re doing it.
Once you’re doing it, you have a chance to do it better.
Waiting for perfect means not starting. Seth Godin on October 02, 2017
I am steadily surprised that there are so many photographers that reject manipulating reality, as if that was wrong. Change reality! If you don’t find it, invent it!” – Pete Turner
You know, I really don’t think you learn from teachers. You learn from work. I think what you learn, really, is how to be- you have to be your own toughest critic, and you only learn that from work, from seeing work.” – Garry Winogrand
– How to use BW photos for creative or social campaigns
– Backlighting wildlife
– An interview with Jach Dykinga
– The Spectrum: Message and Media By Brooks Jensen Interesting hour-long talk by Brooks Jensen, publisher of LensWorks, on the history and future of image presentation. I highly recommend this video for advanced photographers who have been asking themselves “What do I do next?”
– Macro tips for beginners
– Long exposure photography
– Panoramas made easy
– Dealing with creative boredom
– Fast and simple Orton effect
– Feeling anxious about an upcoming photo trip? What is the worst that can happen?
There is a difference of opinion on the two images below. Both were taken at Lake Roland Park with a yellow filter on a 105/2.8 lens. The first may have a greater sense of depth because of the sharp fence, but the out of focus dam in the background creates some room for interpretation. The second has more interesting lighting and perhaps better balance and composition. Which do you prefer and why?
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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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We’re all capable of huge leaps of insight and empathy if we’re willing to go to work to learn how.” — Seth Godin on September 10, 2017
Don’t shoot the nouns . . . Shoot the adjectives.” — Arthur Ransome
The photograph is secondary to the experience.” — Arthur Ransome
– Using Lab color
– Helpful one minute tip on how to be sure you know where your photos are in LR
– Super weird 2X macro lens
– Cheap super macro set up
– sRGB vs Adobe RGB I don’t agree with the conclusion, but he explains color space reasonably well.
From Steve Oney: – 40 camera hacks
– Finalists Wildlife Photographer of the Year
– Canyon Country
– Good ideas for fall foliage
Iris leaves, backlit.
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
If you try to corral or cage the photographic process, it will thumb it’s nose at you. The trick is just to flow with it and stop it when a moment of discovery has met inspiration.” — Paul Caponigro
A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.” – Eudora Welty
Photography is a language more universal than words.” – Minor White
– Macro at 1:1 and beyond
– Falls of the Columbia River gorge
– Details and grand landscapes
– Colorizing Historic BW photos Shared by Kay. This isn’t a “how to” but looks at the work involved to be accurate and the implications. Interesting video.
– Art of Photography Assignment 7: Motion
– Safety tips for travel
– Quick tips
– Finding critics
– Consider the frame
Another approach to an image posted on Feb. 27, 2017 ( http://richeskinphoto.com/blog/?p=1991). Compare and comment. Which do you prefer and why?
What we choose not to do matters.” — Seth Godin, 5/20/16
As soon as we say the truth is relative, and shiftable, and a matter of opinion, we lose the power that comes from knowing.” — S eth Godin 4/1/16
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
– Interesting assignment and creative solution
– 40 tips for better photos
– Making fog and light beams Also free downloadable fog brush
– Tips for airline travel with photo gear
– Part 2: International Travel
– Animal Portrait Tips
– Post-processing software and plug-ins in 2017 Interesting read
– Selective sharpening in Lightroom
– Black and white street photography
– Arches National Park
– Processing Start to Finish in Lightroom Definitely worth 10 minutes to watch this video
– Using a Wacom tablet effectively
Sunrise at Chincoteague, 2007. Part of my Boundaries series.