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What To Shoot When There’s Nothing To Shoot

(Hover your mouse pointer over the photos for notes.) I am of the school of thought that in order to become a truly excellent photographer, one must practice every single day. If the camera is only brought out for special events or specific assignments, the photographer is relegated to the “occasional” category and cannot truly […]

Subject Goals for 2011 and Beyond

My husband and I spent the weekend buzzing around town on his motorcycle (sorry to rub in the fact that we’re enjoying 70-degree weather here in Arizona at the moment). As such I didn’t bring my camera along, even though I continued to look at the day with a photographer’s eye. I really must get […]

Street Photography

The buzz and excitement surrounding the discovery of Vivian Maier’s vast collection of photographs has generated a renewed interest in, and curiosity about, street photography. Street photography reveals a candid look at a city’s population, architecture, and events. It can also be used to deliver a personal, social, political, or environmental message. Photographs are taken […]

Key Learnings from a Client Shoot

A couple of weeks ago I was hired to visit the home of a client and take photos of her teenage daughter and her daughter’s friends. Doing a photo shoot at a private home is significantly different than a shoot in a studio, so I thought I would share a few key learnings from my […]

Finding Good Subjects to Photograph – Part 2

By Steve Russell “Quit trying to find beautiful objects to photograph. Find the ordinary objects so you can transform them by photographing them.” – Morley Baer   “The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry.” That happened to me this week. I had an article almost completed that was loosely based on […]

Finding Good Photographic Subjects in Your Own “Backyard”

How many of us have difficulty finding a subject to photograph?  How many of us leave our cameras and lenses in their case on a shelf until we’re ready to take a trip or are attending a special function?  It’s easy to find subjects to photograph if you live in Kansas and you’re visiting the […]

What NOT to Photograph

While considering what kinds of pictures you should set your sights on capturing, you should also take a moment to ponder what photographs you shouldn’t take. Avoid clutter. It is a proven fact that a tidy, neat, and clean home sells more quickly than a messy, cluttered home. This concept translates to photography as well. […]

Ask Yourself Before You Click

Consider asking yourself any or all of these questions, before you click the shutter, and see how much your photography improves! What is my subject? This may seem like a rather obvious concept, to some. After all, we’re taking a picture of something, and that something should be the subject, right? However, we may find […]

Sports Photography Tips

What’s your poison? Soccer? Football? Basketball? Your kid’s little league games? Whatever your particular sporting passion, here are a handful of tips to help you capture great action/sports photos. One – Get as close to the action as you can. Sometimes we can only afford “nosebleed” seats waaaay up high or waaaay in the back. […]

Five Tips for Great City Shots

This month’s photo challenge subject is “city”. With that in mind, I thought it would be helpful to post a handful of tips on how to get some great city shots. One – The rules of natural light still apply. Though tall buildings may cast shadows and provide shade during midday, the light still ends […]