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2703, 2022

Photography News 27 March 2022

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Photography News April 4, 2022 Quote: “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.— Ansel Adams Articles:  Think Like an Artist and Improve Your Photography 19m26s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYM1Q1fLg34   7 Tips for Better MILKY WAY Photography 13m21s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejd1K8lTEWw   Milky Way Photography Tutorial - The COMPLETE Guide for Beginners 37m01s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzBiWCPLw4A   Moon Photography TUTORIAL Guide and Tips 18m44s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGYaT99OtVs   Don't Bet on Firmware Additions. Thom Hogan   Photography Products on Life Support  Thom Hogan   Thought for the day: Bad Weather “Bad weather makes for good photography.” — [...]

2203, 2022

Photography News March 22, 2022

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Photography News March 22, 2022 Quote: “All art is the expression of one and the same thing – the relation of the spirit of man to the spirit of other men and to the world.” – Ansel Adams   Articles: Best Landscape Photography Locations in the United States – 28m 28s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orX5TayJCz4   Photographing Seascapes of Dingalan – 2 ways, 10m https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zci8lc_5A44   Tips on finding those intimate compositions – 25m 28s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_32fbUfgNBU   A stormy day of Landscape Photography – Long exposure photography, 10m https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHnAoykfnUw   A guide on how to photograph Panoramas – 19m 46s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlaLqvMFQRQ   How to [...]

1403, 2022

Photography News March 14, 2022

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Photography News March 14, 2022 Quote: “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” – Ansel Adams Articles: Real World Shoot with Lindsay Adler's Optical Spot by Westcott – 18m https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRIeZxZoZ1g   Photographer Captures Eerie ‘Tree Creatures’ on Snowy Mountain LED Flashlight photography: How to make an Ice Light   Balancing Flash with Low Ambient Light – 13m https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywShIOcqLBU   Visual Depth with Shadows using the Chiaroscuro Technique – 9m https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6GcERUzChQ     A Brief History of Early Lenses – Roger Cicala   Thought for the day: Pinhole Lenses A pinhole lens is about the simplest lens imaginable. [...]

703, 2022

Photography News March 7, 2022

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Photography News March 7, 2022 Quote: “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” – Ansel Adams Articles: How To Create Your Photography Portfolio: Part 1 Photography Products on Life Support – what you may need to buy soon   Posing Full Figure Women with a One Light Setup – Lindsay Adler – 5m 33s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7KnraWmGJI   Complete Guide to Epic Smoke Bomb Portraits – 18m 44s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxmT3AzEpVU   LED Flashlight photography: How to make an Ice Light   How to Save a Terribly Lit Portrait in Adobe Lightroom – 17m 12s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUgCIBRIAbQ   Thought for the day: Rare Visits to Special Locations – Photography plans If you are in [...]

2102, 2022

Photography News February 21, 2022

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Photography News February 21, 2022 Quote: “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams   Articles:  How I COLOR GRADE a Sunset Photo in Photoshop – 15m 12s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pB7Xb0ySFM   3 Foolproof Beauty Lighting Setups – Lindsay Adler – 11m 37s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziFLl6LAcB8   Why ISO Isn't ISO By Ctein Fascinating History of the Fake Leica Camera – off-topic but interesting   Why We Should Return to Places in Landscape Photography and 18m video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euETbRfpNHM&t=16s   Your camera is probably BETTER than you! – 17m 23s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyCVk3GjUkA   Thought for the day: Gear Identification I took a workshop years [...]

1402, 2022

Photography News February 14, 2022

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Photography News February 14, 2022 Quote: “Bad weather makes for good photography” – Ansel Adams Articles: Slice of Light with V-Flats with Lindsay Adler – 7m 16s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjKohZxuBxw   How to Photograph Trees and Forests Why Manufacturers Make a Specific Camera Lens Here's How I Do B&W Infrared: Part I, Part II – Ctein How it Was Shot: Ancient Pines By Loch Tulla, Scotland 3 Steps to a Black & White Infrared Image Thought for the day: Social Engineering Photo Reviews Consider a contest where one photo or object is well known before the contest begins (Pepper 30? Half Dome?) and another [...]

802, 2022

Using Lines and Shapes to Compose for ICM Photography

By |February 8th, 2022|Categories: Art of Photography|Comments Off on Using Lines and Shapes to Compose for ICM Photography

When we shoot blur, we are taking away that element most people rely on when looking at photography – sharpness.  One of my favorite ways to compose ICM shots is using lines and shapes as guides for my movement. They also provide elements of clarity or sharpness that make the image much more relatable than an image that is 100% blurry.  Just a little sharp focus here or there – following a line or shape within the frame – adds reality to a shot that has been altered by movement. If we add a spot or two of clarity, we [...]

702, 2022

Photography News February 7, 2022

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Photography News February 7, 2022 Quote: “Ask yourself, ‘Why am I seeing and feeling this? How am I growing? What am I learning?’ Remember: Every coincidence is potentially meaningful.” – Ansel Adams Articles: Your Camera Settings in the Studio Don't Matter – Lindsay Adler – 10m 54s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFVkPmR7x8w   Photoshop Tutorial: How to Transform a Photo into the Look of a Maxfield Parrish Paintings – 4m 22s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBcISsGrG98   Super Sharp Eyes via Photoshop – 6m 21s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEwhbljwuos   Best Technique to Create Realistic Water Reflections – 10m 56s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZO0dFfCoiQ   Shooting From a Plane: Composition, Lenses, and Shot Choice   [...]

2401, 2022

Photography News January 24, 2022

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Photography News January 24, 2022 Quote: “What we call reality in pictures, seems to be the optical projection, a European way of looking at the world, that accepts a world seen from a single point.” – David Hockney Articles: Photographs That Flow – Michael Frye How To Create a Water Reflection in Photoshop – 14m 53s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTPEu1N_JT8   Behind The Scenes Style Shoot – 11m18s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3bELLjNV98   Modern Fine Art Portraiture Inspired by the Old Masters – 1h 22m https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVpTCalK8UI   My 21 Best Ideas for Macro Photography at Home – 4m 39s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy3smJczrXM   How to photograph portraits on pure white [...]

1701, 2022

Photography News January 17, 2022

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Photography News January 17, 2022 Articles:  Leveraging Visual Language and the How to Capture ‘Mood’ – Michael Frye   Create Surreal Images with Adobe Photoshop – 6m 23s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8lnuZN9UXU   If You Need a Bigger Background PS – 8m 8s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzQaOoPqlyI   How to Expose Snow Scenes – 3m 38s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P01DVPdVoU0&t=2s   Photographing Auroras – Jennifer Wu   DIY Home Studio Hack for Dramatic Editorial Portraits – 10m 16s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb9upy7Qiqo   Thought for the day: Planning Ahead If you have a two-minute window to photograph someone, do you chat with others or read your email/Instagram before your opportunity?  Or do you carefully [...]

1001, 2022

Photography News January 10, 2022

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Photography News January 10, 2022 Quote: “A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.” – Ansel Adams Articles: Create High Contrast Portraits – 11m 38s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLSYUlhObDM   Moon Photography for Beginners – 17m 47s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEmbES-i_oo   Create Amazing Art with Water Droplets – 10m 34s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L1_VDZ8hx8   Portraits at Every Aperture – ƒ1.4 to ƒ16 examples – Julia Trotti – 11m 18s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUFAVpRsMbU   Perfect Eyes with Photoshop Neural Filters – 9m 23s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oSiBIJJsBI   Emulating Sunset with Lindsay Adler – for one device but you can use the same principal with other equipment – 8m [...]

301, 2022

Photography News January 3, 2022

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Photography News January 3, 2022 Quote: “I have always been mindful of Edward Weston’s remark, ‘If I wait for something here I may lose something better over there.’ I have found that keeping on the move is generally more rewarding.” – Ansel Adams Articles: How to Succeed at Completing a 365 Project in 2022 – overly restrictive, but has useful ideas (gwe)   Make Real Rays of Light with Flash – 6m 16s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBTzZ-o0DFM   Sensor Crop Factors and Equivalence   One Overhead Light Portrait – 7m2 3s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyRWOk1_BVY   Series of Rare and Largely Unseen Photos by Georgia O’Keeffe [...]

2712, 2021

Photography News December 27, 2021

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Photography News December 27, 2021 Quote: “Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.” – Ansel Adams   Articles:  How to take pictures that sell – Fine Art Photography, Gary Gough, 27m 10s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx0XChPrvcc   Black or White Background in a Studio – 10m 4s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjKOKcv0WIw   Photoshop Compression settings for TIF files – 11m 2s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nVh_2Ir2rg   Sensor Size, Perspective and Depth of Field – Photography Tutorials   How to shoot Ice Cold Portraits in Studio – 12m 30s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9MAMOkgWTU   #1 Mistake in Color Photography – 14m 51s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LpocIQxMCo   Thought for the day: Best Photo Present to You? What [...]

2112, 2021

Photography News December 21, 2021

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Photography News December 21, 2021 Quote: “Photograph not only what you see but also what you feel.” — Ansel Adams Articles: How to Photograph Waterfalls – comprehensive, Gary Gough, 28m 14s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZYXdLRuRI8   How to Create Self Portraits – Brooke Shaden, 23m 54s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyDHuny0-JY   Creating Motivated Light in a Photo – 12m 44s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6sZlhhe3h4   What Sensor Size is Best for You as a Videographer? – or still photographer Yes, The Camera World Changed – Thom Hogan How Many Camera Bags Does a Photographer Need? – a bit simplified but useful starting point. Some of the comments are useful. Thought for [...]

1312, 2021

Critique – A Path To Creating Exceptional Photography

By |December 13th, 2021|Categories: Art of Photography|0 Comments

Critique - A Path To Creating Exceptional Photography I was given a helping hand at the beginning of my photographic journey. I was taught the value of critique and more importantly, how to use it to advance my skills. It is my compass. My own journey would be less rich without it. And much less successful. Critique – it means to criticize right? Actually, no. It means to analyze and when done properly, the emphasis is on the positive. It’s a surprising way to grow photography skills. Every once in a while, we see a photograph that commands us to [...]

2911, 2021

Photography News November 29, 2021

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Photography News November 29, 2021 Quote: “…photographers are crepuscular creatures, most active around sunrise and sunset” – Michael Frye on visiting Mono Lake   Articles:  Evenings at the Lake – Michael Frye Johnston's Lens Ramblings (1999) – and read the comments   Light your Model like a Hero or Villain – 8m 13s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpnBnBJ0YIo   Three Secrets To Perfect Skin Tones – Photoshop Tutorial, 10m 34s   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH0XDpEiu7Y&t=3s   Low Key Moody Landscape Photography – 11m 25s, Gary Gould https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni4SMulF4to    Underwater Shooting with Brooke Shaden – 8m 58s, older video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYd19PEWywA    Thought for the day: Photographing Butterflies This is based [...]

2211, 2021

Photography News November 22, 2021

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Photography News November 22, 2021 Quote: “How high your awareness level is determines how much meaning you get from your world. Photography can teach you to improve your awareness level.” – Ansel Adams Articles: 2021 Natural Landscape Photography Awards Natural Landscape Photography Awards by Michael Frye Reality and Imagination – and see comments   Rim Lighting For Portraits – 9m 25s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89ZHtI0dsnc   Low Key Moody Landscape Photography – 11m 25s Gary Gough https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni4SMulF4to   Researchers Bundle 24 400mm Lenses into Massive Telescope Array   Thought for the day: Why Dark Video (and Photos) Is A Terrible Blocky Mess Tom [...]

811, 2021

Photography News November 8, 2021

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Photography News November 8, 2021 Quote: “Today, we must realize that nature is revealed in the simplest meadow, wood lot, marsh, stream, or tidepool, as well as in the remote grandeur of our parks and wilderness areas.” – Ansel Adams Articles:  7 PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS guaranteed to help you improve! – Gary Gough 19m https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzHl2tT5i6M   Understanding ISO Selection vs. Effective Dynamic Range   How to Save a Terribly Lit Portrait in Lightroom – 17m 11s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUgCIBRIAbQ   16-35MM Wide Angle Seascape Photography – 13m 47s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO837E-LIq4   High Light - Low Ceiling, building a home studio – 9m 27s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-MQXlkIdgY [...]

111, 2021

FALL Photo tips

By |November 1st, 2021|Categories: Art of Photography, Gear and Tools|0 Comments

FALL Photo tips By Tony Sweet Hi and welcome to fall, one of our favorite times of year. There is fall color all over the country, so wherever you choose to photograph, here are a few tips that may help wherever you may roam this fall. The right tools Along with your gear, including tripod, you’ll need a polarizing filter to control glare and optionally a neutral density filter to control the speed of the water flow. The right clothing Research the area, but we carry clothes for 20F to 80F, incl. rain gear Dress in layers and consider NEOS [...]

111, 2021

Photography News November 1, 2021

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Photography News November 1, 2021 Quote: “The negative is the score, and the print is the performance.” – Ansel Adams Articles: Major New Feature in Lightroom Classic ver 11 – 9m 39s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSiGfMty73Q   How Botticelli revolutionized portraits – Art history in 10 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcjeSMICLz0   Lightroom Classic v11 – The New Masking Tools – Julieanne Most, 8m 29s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRGdi85tikU   Photography Tip guaranteed to make you a better photographer – Gary Gough – 52s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtCsSgovV_8   Conceptual Photography Speed Edit – 4m 17s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy4VNfL422s   Photoshop 2022: 9 New Features with Pros & Cons! – 14m 36s (this and the two [...]