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Cherish the flaws

I love music. I’ve got a pretty extensive collection, and some of the performances I like best are from live albums. I’m sure that to some extent, this is because I haven’t heard the live versions of songs as many […]

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A harsh reality

Photography in all its professional forms, has been massively disrupted by technology over the last ten years or so.  The swift succession of the internet, digital sensors, and camera phones has quite literally turned every other person you meet into […]

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Control your lighting for great still lifes

Photography, quite literally, is “painting with light,” yet we so often let available light control our photos, rather than the other way around.  This weekend, my Irises bloomed.  First to bloom were the white flowers in the photo above.  I […]

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Sebastião Salgado: The silent drama of photography

This is a wonderful TED talk that combines photography, environmentalism, and anthropology.  There’s enough material here to occupy far more than the fifteen minutes or so it will take you to watch the video.  Salgado’s images are powerful reminders for […]

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Maybe it’s not supposed to be easy

There are an awful lot of cameras sold to people who just want to turn them on and have masterful photos pop out.  While some of these people wind up learning the craft of photography, quite a few of them […]

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All about Image Stabilization

If you’re anything like me, one of the reasons you’ve upgraded gear over the years is to get sharper photos.  It’s  a never-ending quest, especially for those long shots, and Image Stabilization is one of the things that can really […]

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Couldn’t have said it better myself

It’s all about chasing that next shot. What a great video!

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Portrait crash course

My son’s taking a college photography class, and he came home with an assignment to shoot some portraits.  Of course, I wanted to know a bit about the assignment, so I asked a few questions — how did they explain […]

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Not so very long ago

I don’t “set up” a whole lot of shots, but I spent a few minutes on this one, and I thought I’d take the time to write up the lighting setup.  The composition of the shot is pretty simple.  I […]

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Adding textures in Photoshop

I’ve seen some nice examples of this technique, now, and I’ve been meaning to try this for a while.  You can see what I’m talking about here — there’s a texture added to the photo here, helping to give a […]

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