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Weekend Project – Pattern Interrupted

This weekend, train your photographic eyes to find pleasing patterns and unique interruptions in patterns. Patterns can be abstract or specific, and occur naturally or are constructed. They create a path for the eyes to follow, and are heavily dependent on lines and angles to inspire interest. There is especial allure created in a pattern […]

10 Personal Photography Project Ideas

By Steve Russell If you take photography classes or attend photography school like the New York Institute of Photography or the New York Film Academy, you will be assigned photography projects. An example of one from the syllabus of the New York Film Academy is: Conceptualize, shoot, edit, and print a cohesive, conceptually unified fine […]

Prioritize Photography

I work about sixty hours a week (between my “day” job and my freelance work). My schoolwork (yes, back to school I go!) occupies about 10 hours a week. I absolutely INSIST on at least 8 hours of sleep every night, so that’s 56 hours. Throw in another three hours a day for things like, […]

Your Weekend Photography Project – Get Low

I took this shot while balancing precariously with one foot a rock, the other foot on a branch, camera held down at a level lower than my feet. There was no way to look through the viewfinder to compose the shot, of course. So I set the camera on aperture priority (f/2.8), zoomed it all […]

Decorating Your Home with Your Photography

By Steve Russell Happy New Year to all our readers from Tiffany and me. I thought it would be fun to start the New Year discussing what to do with all the photos we’ve accumulated over the years. While most of us probably put some of our images on a web site like Flickr, Smugmug […]

Your Weekend Project – Portraits Without Faces

The art of capturing a person’s portrait without including their face is gaining popularity in lifestyle photography. I see it quite often in family portraiture and wedding photography as well. It’s a fun way to include aspects of your subject’s personality that isn’t immediately apparent in their smile. This New Year’s weekend, I encourage you […]

Reflections on 2011

By Steve Russell In the last few weeks, Tiffany and I have each contributed articles about photography wish lists and goals for 2012. While I didn’t actually write down goals for 2011, I thought I would reflect on what I did and didn’t accomplish, photography wise, in 2011. For the most part, I’ve never been […]

It’s Okay, Really, It Is

There are photographers, myself included at times, that tend to over think the whole process along the lines of: 1. Will this customer or group of people like this subject? Will they like the way I think I want to photograph the subject? 2. I can’t photograph that subject; I’m the only one that will […]

Photo Shoot/Edit Music Playlist

And now for something a little different! I have a couple of playlists on my iPod, one that I like to play during a photo shoot (unless the photo shoot is of a person, then I let them play their own playlist), and one that I like to play while I’m editing my photos. There […]

Product Review – Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap

Sometimes I’m convinced that the worst piece of equipment in photography is the camera strap that comes with your camera. Not only is it a marginally functional piece of equipment, you get the same strap no matter how expensive your camera might be. If you purchase a brand new DSLR for $600 you get a […]