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Can The Right Photo Be No Photo?

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...
What is your Un-Suck Filter?

What is your Un-Suck Filter?

Un-suckfilters, everybody has one. Oh sure, you might not want to admit it, but you have one. Everyone does. Back...
Thaipusam ’11, Day 2

Thaipusam ’11, Day 2

Thanks for all the positive feedback yesterday. Thaipusam is a festival, a party, as well as a pilgrimage by foot....
When spending money gets out of focus

When spending money gets out of focus

Last month I led two Introduction to Photography courses and one of the things I saw repeated in each course ...
An Image Critique Primer

An Image Critique Primer

There’s been a lot of talk lately about growth. One of the components of developing as a photographer is seeing the areas where we...
Stop Whining and Grow!

Stop Whining and Grow!

Pilot p-500 by © Matthew Wright1 Back in the late 1970’s, I was a student at Murray State University in...
It’s Raining But, Here Comes the Sun…

It’s Raining But, Here Comes the Sun…

It’s been done by everyone. Everyone but me, that is. Well, now everyone includes me. People say you never stop...
A Photographic Workout

A Photographic Workout

  So, you want to get better at taking photos. Ok, great. Are you ready to work at it? I...
A few iPhone Offline Maps Apps

A few iPhone Offline Maps Apps

Editor: This review has been updated and many more apps added to this list. You can find updated reviews HERE...
the RAW and the Muse

the RAW and the Muse

On this trip to Sumatra, I did what I always do; I shot in RAW. RAW images files are fantastic,...
Geotagging: Just Because We Can

Geotagging: Just Because We Can

For most people the fun thing about geotagging, or adding the gps coordinates to a photo is simply because you...
Aristotle, Excellence and the Photographer

Aristotle, Excellence and the Photographer

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle This morning I met...
Dear Beginner, You make ripples!

Dear Beginner, You make ripples!

Recently I had an email from a reader who had some basic photography questions. He was dealing with some pretty...
I talk to myself. Do you?

I talk to myself. Do you?

I talk to myself. There – I’ve said it. I know, you think I’m nuts. That’s not new news–but that’s...
The Mundane

The Mundane

There are several things taking my time up lately and most of them are rather mundane. I’m spending a lot...
Lumen Dei Trophies: Examples of SoundSlides by our Students

Lumen Dei Trophies: Examples of SoundSlides by our Students

You still have till the end of the day here in Malaysia to enter the SoundSlides Plus giveaway. I will...
The Photo Essay: Give it Your Best Shot

The Photo Essay: Give it Your Best Shot

Monday we started talking about photo essays. We began by looking at SoundSlides, a great product to use to help...
GIVEAWAY + Review: SoundSlides Plus

GIVEAWAY + Review: SoundSlides Plus

This week we will be looking at what it takes to create a well done and communicative multimedia photo essay....
It’s Nice to Have Conflict

It’s Nice to Have Conflict

If you’re reading a story and everything goes according to plan, everyone gets along and there is no conflict at...
In a Perfect World

In a Perfect World

This is a dangerous blog post. Partly because it might step on some people’s toes. Partly because I haven’t completed...
Exposed: India in 3D

Exposed: India in 3D

“Exposed; The Story Behind the Image” posts pull the covers back on how some of my favorite images were made....
Culture Stress: Can’t Win for Losing

Culture Stress: Can’t Win for Losing

The interview I had planned for today would be better as a Depth of Field podcast. So, left with a...
Composition: Prescriptive or Descriptive?

Composition: Prescriptive or Descriptive?

If there is one question I get whenever I teach or discuss composition it is, “Yeah but do you shoot...
Line of Sight

Line of Sight

So much visual weight is given to the human face that it trumps just about everything else in an image.
The Multimedia Photo Essay: Photos and More

The Multimedia Photo Essay: Photos and More

In preparation for teaching some NGOs in Iraq how to tell their stories through multimedia photo essays, I’ve been visiting...

Zack and Old Dogs

A photographer most of you know and if you don’t shame on you, is Zack Arias out of Atlanta. Zack...
A Day of Texture

A Day of Texture

Hariman enjoying my 85mm 1.2 Yesterday I took a day off and went out and took some photos. I needed...
Exposed: Risking the Winnowing

Exposed: Risking the Winnowing

This was not an easy photo for me. My first inclination is not to shoot directly into the sun. The...
The Fox and The Lion

The Fox and The Lion

There’s old Aesop’s fable, it’s about a fox and a lion. A fox sees a lion walking down a path...
Exposed: Anticipating the Shot

Exposed: Anticipating the Shot

This post is not so much about the story behind the image above, but about the “how” behind the image....
Mastering the 85mm 1.2? Not quite.

Mastering the 85mm 1.2? Not quite.

One of my blog readers, David T, asked if I would write about how I use the 85mm 1.2. He...
Brandoning

Brandoning

This photo has nothing to do with anything. But I like it and it is branded 😉 These past days...
Exposed #2

Exposed #2

This is not one of my strongest images, but it has a joy about it that makes me keep coming...
Exposed: The story behind the image.

Exposed: The story behind the image.

I thought it would be fun to talk about the story behind an image every once in a while. So...
FAQ: How do you photograph people? How do you approach them?

FAQ: How do you photograph people? How do you approach them?

Today I thought I would do something a little different and answer a readers question online. The reason is his...
What a drag.

What a drag.

Remember how I said, we all need to step out of our box and stretch ourselves? Well, Thaipusam was that...
Very Basic Lightroom Work Flow

Very Basic Lightroom Work Flow

Thanks to Sumit Dua of Los Angeles, CA, USA for his question and allowing me to use his image as...
Lists, Friends and God

Lists, Friends and God

Last week Joe McNally posted an article that almost any of the photographers I know would resonate with. Most all...
Video: Hand Painting Photos With Oils in Photoshop

Video: Hand Painting Photos With Oils in Photoshop

Well, sort of. Here is a technique I ran across on Kelby Training taught by Lisa Snider King. I really...
The Radiant Vista

The Radiant Vista

I am not sure what happened over at The Radiant Vista, but the good thing Craig Tanner, Mark Johnson and...
Guest Post: I’m going to let you into a little secret…

Guest Post: I’m going to let you into a little secret…

…it is this: “I sometimes get others to say what I cannot put so well myself because of the weakness...
Bad at Spelling? Here is a helpful hint.

Bad at Spelling? Here is a helpful hint.

This is not a photo related entry today. But one I hope will be helpful to many folks. Maybe you...
Be a Cultural Insider and get better photographs. (pt.2)

Be a Cultural Insider and get better photographs. (pt.2)

Picking up where we left off yesterday, I want to give some more thought to the actual “how to” of...
Be a Cultural Insider and get better photographs. (pt.1)

Be a Cultural Insider and get better photographs. (pt.1)

Having worked cross culturally for over 15 years, with 13 of those years spent living in Kashmir, India, I made it...
Lightroom Plug-ins make Life a Breeze.

Lightroom Plug-ins make Life a Breeze.

Ok, maybe that title is a bit of an overstatement. We all know Adobe Lightroom is powerful. Most of my editing...
Steve McCurry Sharp

Steve McCurry Sharp

One of the fun and quite frankly, thrilling things that digital imaging has been able to deliver that film never...
Who says there is no "Un-Suck" button?

Who says there is no "Un-Suck" button?

David DuChemin is fond of telling me and others there is no “un-suck” button in Photoshop. Hmm, I thought I...
Sometimes a picture is worth the extra effort.

Sometimes a picture is worth the extra effort.

Final image Original #1 Original #2 Yesterday, my wife and daughter and I went with some Malay friends to the...
Self Promotion

Self Promotion

Click on the image to view larger. Lately I have been trying to bring in some more clients in South...
The Stock Jungle

The Stock Jungle

I am not talking about the stock market, not that jungle. The jungle I am hacking through is the stock...
Not Magic, Just CS3 Auto Align.

Not Magic, Just CS3 Auto Align.

This afternoon, I conducted a photoshoot of a friend’s two little girls. As often when photographing children, they were wiggly....
Detail

Detail

OPD. Overview, Portrait and Detail. Maybe I’ll look at the O and the P in this list at a later...

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