Photographic Etudes & Deliberate Practice

Musical scales and etudes are designed to build our technique and the work will pay off later. Etudes are the medicine of music. We practice them to make us better. Photography can have its etudes as well. Any exercise designed to enhance a particular photographic skill is a “photographic etude”. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shades of Gray

This week, the theme is to: Photograph Something Borrowed Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.... You don't just have to think weddings this week, but a summer wedding would be appropriate. So grab your camera this week - or better still, borrow someone else's - and go see what you can negotiate.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

Photo Layers

This week, the theme is to: Photograph layers Photographing layers this week initially gets me thinking macro - getting in close and really looking at the individual layers that makeup the whole. 

Creating WOW Sunset Photos

Photo Lake 33

The light and color in the sky at sunrise and sunset can add a lot to your travel shots. In this post, I’ll talk about what goes into making that great sunrise or sunset photo – the type of photos that people love to like! In this post, I’ll talk about the “wheres”, “whens”, and “hows” of taking quality sunrise and sunset photos.

Simply Tree

I loved this photo even before I took it. What caught my eye were the strong lines in the mown grass and the minimalism of the lone tree on a hillside. But this photo is all about framing the shot. The photo hasn't been overly photoshopped, and yet the photo doesn't reflect reality. From this angle, the massive… Continue reading Simply Tree