A Photo of James Comey Takes the Internet by Storm

June 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Stephen Hiltner explains how Doug Mills got a viral shot of James Comey. Click on the link below, it's an interesting read imho. Times Insider
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25 Photo Clichés You Should Stop Doing #from DigitalRev TV

June 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Stuff that many photographers do and the traps and cliches they fall into, well done by DigitalRev TV. 25 Photo Cliches You Should Stop Doing
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Saul Leiter

May 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I snagged this from Ted Forbes and believe that they are well spoken words. "I spent a great deal of my life being ignored. I was always very happy that way. Being ignored is a great privilege. That is how I think I learned to see what others do not see and to react to situations differently. I simply looked at the world, not really prepared for...
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Nobody Cares About Your Photography

May 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
After watching a couple of videos about nobody cares about your photography it hit home. My hat is off to Ted Forbes for his excellent analysis and reflection. While true my photographic output may not create shock waves or great followings on reflection, it just doesn't matter. I prefer to work and capture images that invoke feeling and to what I...
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Storing Your Photographic Stuff

April 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I'll keep this one short. While I agree that insurance is a great decision but on the other hand imho it is one that should be kept private and confidential to avoid any and all inquiring minds or thieves from knowing about your property and it's vulnerability. Safes lined with asbestos do inherently store moisture, and sealing a container with...
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Carry on Complications at the Airport and Possible Strategies

April 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I’ve shot alongside many big and well known photographic names, both paid and unpaid. Regularly I am still in contact with most of these people. All they are, are what I will call my mentors as they have had a positive influence in my photographic endeavors. I should mention that nobility and fame are two things that won’t and don’t influence my ph...
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Color

April 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Color Color has become such an important tool to the photographer today. It evokes varying emotional responses such as excitement, awe, wonderment, joy, peace, fear and many more. These colors will be one of the first things to capture a viewer’s attention, creating an emotional impact. Color comes in all kinds of flavors, from being bold to...
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The Rule of Thirds and Beyond

February 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
The Rule of Thirds and Beyond The rule of thirds is probably a rule most photographers have heard of and use it as their primary source of composition. This is sad because there is so much more to composition than just this rule. The rule of thirds is basically nothing more than a grid with two vertical and two horizontal lines forming fo...
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Backgrounds

January 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Backgrounds A good composition begins with and is highly dependent on having a good subject that attracts the viewer’s interest. Having a good background is essential to sparking that subject interest by not being distracting or by successfully adding some context and interest to the subject. Always check your background first before capturin...
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Avoid the Middle or Embrace It

January 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Avoid the Middle or Embrace It Putting the image in the middle is something that comes naturally for many of us and it is especially true for beginning photographers. It’s boring because the viewer goes right to the subject without looking at anything else; missing out on the story you’re trying to tell. A simple and sometimes over taught tec...
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Space, Negative and Positive

January 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Space, Negative and Positive Widely taught in Art schools but sometimes unknown or ignored in photographic circles, negative and positive space is another powerful tool that can dramatically improve the composition in your photography. This element of composition is basically made up of three things. 1. Positive Space. This is the subject; it’s...
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Aspect Ratios

January 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Aspect Ratio Why include aspect ratios into a series on composition? Choosing the frame size or aspect ratio can have a huge impact on your photograph and its composition. It has the power to emphasize your subject if one size is chosen over another. It can also create problems if you have a desired image size and the image was shot too tightly...
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Fill the Frame

January 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Filling the Frame There is no better way of eliminating the clutter from your photograph than to fill the frame. It gives great impact to your composition as it definitely leaves no doubt in the viewer’s eyes what the focus or subject is. There’s an old saying by Robert Capa, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough".
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Simplify

January 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Simplify Simplicity is a great tool for good composition, while it’s easy to imagine it’s also difficult to master. A photograph will often tell just one story which makes finding a sole subject so important. Everything else will just draw attention away from your subject; you want to simplify it, bringing the focus to your subject. One sub...
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Lines

January 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Lines Using lines in photography is just another powerful tool that can be utilized when there’s an opportunity to do so. It’s a great tool in your compositional toolbox. Lines guide the viewer’s eyes to the subject, they also control the way people will view your photograph. If you make it hard to find the main focal point in your picture th...
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