8.03.2015

You Need More than Natural Talent to Make It



"You Need More than ‘Natural Talent’ to Make it as a Photographer:  In this 3-minute clip, the main character, Mason, has a conversation with his photography teacher, Mr. Turlington, in the class darkroom. It turns out to be a fatherly lecture about the importance of adding hard work and other qualities on top of natural talent..." READ MORE (via PetaPixel)




6.27.2015

The Washington Post Talent Network

















"New digital tool aimed at extending the reach of Post coverage; Makes it easier for editors and freelancers to connect and collaborate on story assignments..." (Read More)

6.25.2015

Selfie Dangers Of Showing Off Online



















"Thought-Provoking Selfie Ads Warn The Dangers Of Showing Off Online..." (See More)

6.13.2015

One-Day Photo Camp Review References

Thanks to everyone for hanging in there for our whirlwind photo class today.

I've attached references to some of the things we talked about in links posted here.  Take a look at the Pinterest board below, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. There are plenty more similar references on my Pinterest page.

To start, here's the answer to the question I was not able to answer on the spot about Tara and Viviana's Nikon D3100 in M (Manual) Mode.  In order to change apertures, hold down the +/- button which is just under the shutter button to the right, then use the dial on the back to change f-stops. Take a look at this video beginning at the 8:45 point to hear and see exactly how to do it.




Follow Fotograf's board Basic Photography Camp on Pinterest.

Video Clips (there are a lot more videos on my YouTube Channel)


Mike Browne's YouTube Channel





As I said, you could very easily learn photography free online.  On the sidebars to the right, there are several links of all sorts including tutorials, free ebooks and even full free college courses.  As I said, don't be a slave to gear and buying the flashiest camera money can buy.  The best way to improve your photography is by simply taking a lot of photos, making mistakes and learning from them.

SI Crown Cover Epitomizes Modern Society

Photo/Erick W. Rasco, Sports Illustrated





































"Sports Illustrated's American Pharoah Cover Photo Epitomizes Everything Wrong With Modern Society:  ...IS THAT THE HORSE? GET MY PHONE. WAIT, I CAN’T SEE IF THIS IS A GOOD ANGLE. SHOULD I DO VERTICAL ANGLE OR..." READ FULL COMMENTARY (via HuffPost)


6.12.2015

44 Tips to Improve Your Photography

"1. Shoot every day Like any skill, the more you do it, the better you can get. The best camera you have is the one in your hand, so if you aren’t out with your full DSLR kit, don’t be afraid to take great photos with your cell phone camera or a point-and-shoot. Photography is photography, make pictures with a camera. Any camera.

2. Always have your camera near Pull up a chair and I can describe two amazing scenes that have been indelibly embedded in my mind. Unfortunately, for the first, my camera was broken (I was at sea, far from a camera store). For the second, it was out of reach (I was flying). I have considered learning to draw or paint so I can make a “picture” of these two moments. The moral of these stories: have a camera within reach. You never know what will happen or what you will see.

3. Read your manual Camera manuals aren’t engaging reading, but they do tell you a lot about how to use your camera. Spend a night or two with your manual and get intimate with your camera. This will help you every time you photograph. Most manuals are now available electronically, so know where to find it, or save it on your mobile device for reference in the field..."  READ FULL LIST via (PetaPixel) by Todd Vorenkamp

Serious Eats Guide to Food Photography

SeriousEats.com




















"Taking great photographs of food is a hard-earned skill—after all, that's why some people are lucky enough to get paid for it. But it's also a lot easier to hone these days, no matter who you are; even a smartphone can yield gorgeous, high-quality images.

Sure, professional cameras and lenses—provided you know how to use them—can make taking a great photo easier, but they're by no means necessary to the process. Just think of all the amazing Instagram feeds out there. What separates magazine-worthy photos from their less impressive counterparts isn't a fancy camera or expensive equipment. It's an understanding of what it takes to compose an appealing image and the confidence to execute your vision..."  READ TUTORIAL

5.14.2015