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Matt Brandon Vlog 13: Photographing Iconic Scenes

In this video I look at my struggle to photograph the iconic Tak Bat, alms giving ceremony that takes place every morning...

Learning to be a good photographer

Learning to be good at photography is a lot harder than most people let on. We’ve all heard it countless...

Facing Your Flash Phobia

If you have spent any amount of time on my blog, you know that I have a phobia about off-camera...

Announcing the 2nd Location Portraiture & Lighting Masterclass in Varanasi, India

  I am pleased to announce the second Location Portraiture and Lighting Masterclass in Varanasi, India. Well, ok it’s really...

Layer Your Image for Narrative Depth

Most of the time when photographers talk about layers in a photo, they speaking about postprocessing in Photoshop. In this...

A Photographic Growth Spurt

Someone once told me, a photographer, not to take a photo of them but a video instead. This statement was...

What camera should a beginner buy?

One of the more frequent questions I get asked, is “What is the best camera I should buy if I...

Faqir Baba and the SMDV SPEEDBOX

About the Author Latest Posts Workshops Contact the AuthorAbout Matt BrandonMatt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well...

New Video: So who is OFMP.ORG?

Introduction to The On Field Media Project from On Field Media Project on Vimeo. The On Field Media Project is...

Tip: Use Your Sports Watch to Geotag Your Photos.

  [easy2mapimg id=2] (Note: all images taken with the new FUJINON LENS XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR)   Are you...

A Tribute to Hollywood Glamor

      Our family is sort of obsessed with the Hollywood film classics of the 1930’s and 40’s. Even...

The Popup Flash: A Pro Tool?

I came close to titling this post as “Pro Sho – Who says?” I have read so many Facebook posts,...

3 Techniques for Capturing Motion in Photography

If you think about it, it’s funny to talk about movement when discussing photography. Photography is all about stopping motion,...

Run Silent, Run Frustrated

This past week I was in Kolkata, India leading a On Field Media Project workshop. The days were long, but...

Pushing the X-E2 to it’s limits and finding them.

  Day two of Thaipusam. I was up at 4 am to catch the action on Waterfall Road. Waterfall Road is...

Thaipusam in Slow Motion

  If I am in Penang during Thaipusam I try to cover this amazing event. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival....

How to Find Your Subject’s Point of View

  A novel is always written in a particular voice or point of view. This is a literary technique to...

Compositional Elements 101: The Human Form

  One of my favorite quotes about storytelling is by filmmaker Ken Burns. He says, “All storytelling is manipulation.” This...

New York Institute of Photography: But it’s Just an iPhone!

Note: These days I am writing for both my blog and the New York Institute of Photography. Here is the...

Kathmandu: In Black and White

About the Author Latest Posts Workshops Contact the AuthorAbout Matt BrandonMatt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well...

Redux: Kathmandu’s Boudhanath Stupa

  Kathmandu is a strange mix of Hindu and Buddhist culture. With only a few days to explore my friend...

Hidden Treasures On Old CF Cards

  Sometime last year I lost a bunch of older images on an external drive. I wish I could say...

Preparing for Thaipusam: Think Different

It’s that time of year again here in southeast Asia. This weekend is Thaipusam, the Hindu festival celebrated primarily by...

DAM News on the Workshop Front

  I am trilled to report that registration for the Rajasthan Photo Trek and Workshop going well, and by well...

Depth of Field Revealed

A hearty welcome goes out to the readers of the Digital Photography School. I’d like to welcome you to The...

Some Practical Tips for your Consideration

When talking about composition in photography the discussion can become quite obtuse at times – quite complicated and even esoteric. We...

The Amber Stepwell: The Progression of a Shoot

  Ever since I saw Ami Vitale’s Nikon video I wanted to shoot the Chand Baori stepwell in the village...

Expose for the Highlights

  Dramatic light makes dramatic images, if you know how to use your camera. This is pretty simple stuff, but...

The Human Form Divine

  “For Mercy has a human heart, Pity, a human face, And Love, the human form divine, And Peace, the...

A Lensless Picture

I want to speak to storytellers today. In particular, storytellers that tell someone else’s story. Whether you’re telling a story...

Four elements that can make your images stronger

I’ve been taking some online training with Media Storm this past week. The first lesson dealt mostly with audio production....

iPhone Offline Maps Review Revisited

Back in September of 2010, I did a blog post on a few iPhone offline maps. It became actually one...

Jessie’s Avatar

After yesterday’s blog post, Jessie, my daughter, wanted to post a comment to say, thank you for all the nice...

Even Mug Shots Can Be Enjoyable

  The weekend is over and we made up for lost time. Today was spent shooting hours of video. We...

Lightroom 4 Brings New Life to Old Images

 AFTER   About the Author Latest Posts Workshops Contact the AuthorAbout Matt BrandonMatt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel...

Preparation Not Panic Gets You The Image

  Yesterday, not far off from where my family lives in Malaysia there was a major earthquake. Actually, there were...

Failure the foundation to greatness.

http://www.thedigitaltrekker.com/2010/12/good-to-great/

Distanced makes the heart grow fonder.

A comment I often hear amongst photographers is how they are terrible at editing their own work. This isn’t just...

When Insurance Is No Insurance

Many folks ask me what do I do for camera and gear insurance when I am on the road. In...

Video Blog #6 The Drobo Nightmare

Vlog #6 from Matt Brandon on Vimeo. Something new. Ok, it isn’t really new, I have done five other video...

New deal from an old friend: PhotoShelter

  I love PhotoShelter and I think you will too. These folks have a love affair with photographers. Really, they...

Prepping for a Cross Culture Shoot

While many of my friends and associates are off to India to attend the Pushkar Camel Festival this week I...

Is Fear Your Art Director?

This will be a short post. It’s really just a reminder to take advantage of the moment. This morning I...

Off-Camera Flash Made Easy

Let me set the record straight right here, I am not a strobist. Ninety five percent of the time I...

Going into depth

I am what some people call an intuitive photographer. By that I mean, I take photographs often by what feels...

A lite lesson in Light

Light is a funny thing. To be more precise, the photographers perception of light is a funny thing. I’ve noticed...

Packing…method or madness?

  I’ve had a lot of people comment on the use of Packing Pro, the iPhone app I’m giving away...

Packing List

  It is been a long time since I have published a packing list. For that matter, it’s been a...

Make it Yours

Click on an image to view full size. This is a short post today. Just long enough to encourage you...

A Developed Instinct

  Henri Cartier-Bresson said “In photography, visual organization can stem only from a developed instinct.”  I think what he meant...

Pricing Your Work

Every now and then I receive e-mails from people asking how I price my work. Then just today, I was...

Can The Right Photo Be No Photo?

We had such a great response from the last post, “What is your Un-Suck Filter” that I thought I would...

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