Playing With A New Perspective

Playing With A New Perspective
The kind of mood you want viewers to feel when they look at your photo begins with how you decide to frame up your shot. There’s a lot of power behind the perspective you decide to shoot from! The other day, as I was thinking about how to best shoot the newly launched Shoot to Serve photo assignment, I thought... Read More »

Am I Getting Consistent Results?

Am I Getting Consistent Results?
I am by no means an HDR expert, but as far as I know, there are two main ways to go about processing photos in a way that showcases a high dynamic range: Tone Mapping and Exposure Blending. I’ve have had fun playing with Tone Mapping in programs like Photomatix and Lightroom. Sometimes I would get great results. And... Read More »

The Ultimate Purpose of Any Photograph

The Ultimate Purpose of Any Photograph
Not too long ago, I saw a picture that irked me. It’s not that it was “evil”. It was just that it contained stuff that didn’t impress me as being “good”—morally upright, exuding the qualities of unquestionable integrity. Stuff like this doesn’t always bother me. But for some reason, that day it did. So I stopped... Read More »

Looking for Waterfalls!

Looking for Waterfalls!
“Summer in West Virginia was very wet this year. Autumn has been no different. Why not take advantage of it and go take some pictures of waterfalls?!” This is what went through my head when the current Shoot to Serve photo assignment, Beautiful Waterfalls, came along. Nice thought. But not everyone can just up and go... Read More »

Oh, Those Miserable Dust Bunnies!

Oh, Those Miserable Dust Bunnies!
We all know what dust bunnies are, right? They’re those little balls of dust that gather on the floor after having not swept or dusted for a long time. But do you know dust bunnies are in photography? You have most likely seen them in your pictures before. They are those little round, dark spots that just seem to... Read More »

Hyperfocal Distance, Explained!

Hyperfocal Distance, Explained!
Ever wondered how pro landscape photographers get an entire image to be in tack-sharp focus, from the detailed foreground subject all the way to the distant, background elements? It’s because they understand an intriguing concept called “Hyperfocal Distance”. And it’s not as complicated as it may sound…. “Use f/11”... Read More »

The Truth Will Set You Free….Even In Critique!

The Truth Will Set You Free….Even In Critique!
We go through such great pains to get an amazing picture. Like, a super amazing picture! And then someone critiques it. “You should have done this. And this. And oh, this too. And this, of course.” We respectfully nod our heads. But inside, the storm rages! “You don’t understand! It was impossible to do that! And... Read More »

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