The “Whys” of Post-Processing

What some amateur photographers might not realize when they first get into digital photography is that nearly every image you see in the media has been altered in some way. Taking the photo is only the first step, post-processing digital photography is an art unto itself. In a class I'm teaching tonight, I'm going to talk about three main ways photographers use post-processing...

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Garden

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Garden It’s finally spring where I live! The trees are budding and the first of the spring flowers are in bloom. The air has the smell of spring. I’ve gone out this week just to breath it in. I’m shaking off my winter photographic blahs. This week, the challenge is to go out and...Photograph In the Garden

Being Where I Am

I’ve been struggling a bit with photo-envy lately - or maybe it’s more “experience-envy” - the feeling that everyone is doing interesting things and getting better photos than I am. Even if you’re not a photographer, you may know what I’m taking about. Other people, not necessarily anyone specific but "people" in general, are leading more exciting lives. I took a drive and I set a couple of ground rules for myself:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Repeating Patterns

Photo Street By Ponte Vecchio

This week's photo challenge is a compositional etude. Photograph Repeating Patterns I worked on this compositional technique a lot when I first started trying to improve my photography skills. My eye will see repeating patterns, but only if the are really obvious. Once I started looking for repeating patterns, though they seem to be everywhere!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sequences

This week's challenge is to: Photograph Sequences. Sequences set up a story with a beginning, middle and end. This challenge is perfect for showing how to do something - everything from cooking a recipe to creating a piece of art to changing a diaper (I dare you! 🙂

Preparing for an Epic Trip

I’m heading out this week for a very exciting trip. Truth be told I’m a little nervous. I’ve done a lot of traveling but this is an adventure a little outside of my comfort zone. But the trip is about photography so these are the things I'm doing right now to prepare to make great photographs on my trip.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Balance

This week, the theme is to:
 
Photograph Balance
This week's challenge is an opportunity to look for balance in your life. This balance can be symbolic or actual balance. The cairns are really both. Stones literally balanced on top of each other, but also a symbol of balance in my life.

Zen Photography & Self Acceptance

Zen photographers accept where they are in their own vision and skill. Though always seeking improvement, they check their desire to compare themselves with other photographers and envy other photographers’ successes. Zen photographers work within themselves to create the best possible photographs they can. They acknowledge and accept natural human insecurities and negative desires, then refocus their energies on creating compelling photographs.