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Photo Journalism: How I Got the Shot

I was asked to be part of a panel at my local camera club to talk about the story behind one of my award winning photo journalism shots “Quiet Resistance,” which won the 2016-2017 Photo Journalism Image of the Year Award for my camera club. This post is about how I got this shot and the lessons I learned along the way.
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Competitions: Pros & Cons

Competitions have upsides and downsides so it’s important to try for a personal balance.  I originally published the gist of this post about competitions back in March of 2017 on my old blog. I have much more experience with competitions, now. I’ve been participating in my local camera club and their weekly competitions as well as a number of local and regional competitions. Sometimes I win, sometimes I don’t. That’s the way it goes with competitions. I’ve had my share of award winning photographs so I can’t complain – or maybe I can and I will. I’m revisiting my thoughts a year later I find that by and large my views have changed very little in the intervening year. So, let’s talk about some of the upsides and downsides of photography competitions.

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Mills of Missouri

I’m not going to say that I’ve found all the picturesque mills in Missouri. This type of misplaced certainty just guarantees that tomorrow someone will drop a comment into this post asking, “What about XYZ Mill in Tightwad, Missouri?” Yes, there is such a place – it’s between Warsaw and Alberta (I’m not kidding) and no, there’s not…

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A Trip to Shutterfest

This post comes to you from the floor of the photography conference Shutterfest. For those of you who are veterans of this event you know that this very well could be a literal statement. Don’t step on me as you walk over my tired, broken body. Thousands of photographers come from around the country come to Shutterfest, but as it takes place in St. Louis, I only had to drive about 20 minutes. It may be a short trip, but once I arrived, I stepped into a photography fantasy world – a Disneyland for photographers!

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Traveling Social

I sometimes travel alone, but often I’m with family or friends. Traveling is generally more fun with other people, there is a community and a sense of sharing that heightens the experience. But there are compromises that need to be made as a photographer traveling with others – especially others who are not photographers. In this article, I’ll explore some ideas on how I balance social traveling with my travel photography.

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Street Photography Meets Travel: Composition Cuba

I specialize in Travel Photography, which means being a proficient landscape photographer as well being able to photograph cityscapes, architecture, and people on the street.  I went to Cuba specifically to focus on improving my street photography. In this article, I’ll talk a bit about how to improve your street photography, specifically focusing on composition,…

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The Streets of Cuba

I’ve been away traveling in Cuba for the last couple of weeks doing a lot of street photography with my new Sony A7RIII. I’ll write a couple of posts about my experiences, but this video is a taste of the Streets of Cuba.

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