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Whether you're just starting out in photography or have been shooting for years, finding a beautiful composition can be a struggle. In a presentation entitled "Crush the Composition", world-famous photographer Scott Kelby shares his advice for capturing images that speak to you. There's a little something for everyone here, from a brief, 4 minute introduction to the traditional basics of composition at the 6 minute mark, to a humorous and unforgettable lesson in the importance of having a great subject at 56 minutes. The video is posted on YouTube at https://youtu.be/FpHMuK7Htic. I'd love to hear what you think. What did you find most helpful? Would you recommend this for others in the WyzAnt community? Happy shooting!  

The annual convention of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) will be held in Atlanta January 10-12, 2016. The speaker list is packed with some of the biggest names in photography, including some of my favorite instructors.    Some of the speakers have prior presentations available on YouTube, including the highly recommended videos below. (Click on the title of this post to open it and reveal the embedded links.)   Jerry Ghionis: Posing Everyone Roberto Valenzuela: 21 Point Posing System   Peter Hurley: It's all about the Jaw!   Lindsay Adler:  Shooting at Noon   For more information on the convention, visit ImagingUSA.org. If anyone from the WyzAnt community will be there, please let me know.  It would be great to meet you in person.

Liquid Crystal Display   (See Photo Here) Sometimes you don't have to venture farther than your own backyard to discover an intriguing photograph. The combination of the pattern on the tablecloth, the filtered light with deep, black shadows, along with the remarkable water droplets combine to create an interesting scene. South Florida has had an exorbitant amount of rain this year, so our patio, along with all that resides out there, is in a constant state of saturation. Because of this my lovely wife placed a clear plastic cover over our outdoor tablecloth to protect it. Once the daily hurricane-like rain stopped and the sun started to shine through; huge water droplets formed on the tabletop appearing almost like mercury from a broken thermometer or like liquid crystal. It was so unusual, and it created such a unique scene, I just had to photograph it.

Why shoot film? I've seen this question posted on various photography websites and blogs for a number of years now, and many of these arguments were very well crafted and passionate with sometimes indisputable points for the use of film. I think at this point in time, however, one can argue that there is absolutely no commercial viability to film photography. I feel sorry for the poor but eager soul who pursues the business of weddings, portraiture, advertising or even product photography with a penchant for the smell of darkroom chemicals.   On the other hand, I can go on and on about why I like to use film (from time to time, and just for my own purposes). The one reason, more than any other, that I sometimes prefer to dust off sixty-year old equipment and order supplies from Eastern Europe or somewhere else far away and spend part of a day, at the end of which I may get little or no tangible results, is simple. I love it.    I will concede that digital... read more

If you remember the amber light, the yellow boxes of Kodak paper, the smell of fixer and the sound of running water; if you remember using cardboard cutouts to dodge a bright sky or forming a circle with your hands to do a little burning in, and taping little round pieces of black paper to a cut length of old metal hanger, but do little or nothing with your digital files, it may be time to go digital. But even if you don't remember, Lightroom is your best choice for organizing and processing digital photographs.   I started working with digital imagery over 30 years ago, when it was in its infancy. It was in the days before voice prompts and tech support, and it wasn’t unusual to speak directly with the engineers who wrote the software. They were literally rewriting the code as I described my issues. I didn't much like being a pioneer; we're the guys with the arrows in their back. With today's more stable software, better support and documentation, it's easier to get... read more

I started this blog so, that my students and potential students on Wyzant could see my personal photography work on display. I have been tutoring for the last two years and I love it!! But, I have been working as a fine art photographer and writer for over 25 years.   I found out today that I cannot show you my photographs on this blog site... I can't upload my images to this blog. But, you can go to my personal profile and you will find a selection of my images that unfortunately,  have been cropped. Oh, well, I tried, but the agency has a finicky cropping tool and it won't let me show you my full frame images. So, I hope to make a video in the near future  where I can show you actual photographs that I have taken and reworked in Photoshop and Lightroom.. so, stay tuned!! For the last ten years, I have done many class presentations and lectures in NYC colleges and universities such as SVA, Parsons, ICP, and NYU. I have also presented and spoken about... read more

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