Month: November 2020

Why Food Photos

Why do we like taking pictures of our food? I guess because it looks good. What could be better than food? (yeah, I know, there are lots of pictures of that, too). Seeing then eating. How great is that? I’m not sure other people are really that interested in our food photos. They can’t smell …

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Taking Bad Photos

If you aren’t taking bad photos you aren’t taking enough photos. Not that all of your photos need to be bad (that would be bad), but it shows you are reaching. Taking a risk. Pointing and shooting. Sometimes you miss. Maybe often. No one has to see them. If you don’t shoot you’ll never hit.

Shooting Without a Card

My pocket camera (Olympus Tough TG-5) will let me take pictures without a card. It has no internal memory so that means without a card my photos are not recorded. This is not good engineering for someone like me who sometimes forgets to put the card back in after transferring photos to my computer. I …

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I love using a tripod. I just don’t like carrying it around. (especially a heavy one) It doesn’t fit in my pocket, but it is oh so nice and steady. Of course it’s not always practical or convenient but I do tote one around in the car, just in case a low light situations comes …

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Gut Photography

Photography is a technology. It used to be chemistry. Now, it’s mostly electronics. No news, there. Guts are biological. Sensorial. You can feel things in your gut. Well crafted photos need to be technical accurate and have feeling. They are biotechnical.

Secrets of Composition

Book Launch

Here it is. The photography book you didn’t know you wanted. Just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But you don’t have to wait. You can get it now! For years I’ve been thinking & shooting and shooting & thinking and have compiled my insights into compact eBook to share with others who …

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Not something we’d want on a road trip but maybe something we can use creatively in our photos. Blowout is when parts of our photo are totally overexposed. The pixels in the overexposed areas have given up and said, “Too much light, Dude. I’m not going there.” There is no data in blown out pixels. …

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Your Moment of Zen

Zen. If you can define it. It ain’t that. It’s just knowing. Without thought. Like when we are taking pictures. When we’re focusing on focusing and seeing what we are seeing, we ain’t thinking.



It’s not exceedingly rare but, it’s also not everyday we get a nice dark sky that we can use as a background for something in full sunlight. It usually means there is a squall coming or maybe a thunderstorm. Either way it makes a great photo op. This creates a nice natural tonal separation between …

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Thinking in “Stops”

When it comes to exposing my photos, I think in “stops.” Half stops, full stops, multiple stops, traffic stops, bus stops. No wait, scratch those last two. I’m not sure where the term ‘stop’ comes from (maybe Wikipedia knows) but I think it comes from the days when we would would turn our aperture ring …

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