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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 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 If anyone from the WyzAnt community will be there, please let me know.  It would be great to meet you in person.

One of the greatest exercises I learned in a college photography class was to shoot close to home. The professor was constantly drilling into our heads to simplify, simplify, simplify. This was a photographer who insisted on carrying around one camera and one lens (no zooms).   After spring break, we all returned to class and in typical fashion started pinning our latest assignments up on the board for critique. This was a documentary photography class, with an emphasis on street photography and we all shot black and white film back then. Unlike most of the previous shooting assignments over the long the winter months over the many bleak and frozen Chicago neighborhoods we lived, this week was a little different.   Suddenly, the brightly lit walls of the room were filled with exotic and contrasty photographs from the beaches of the Caribbean, a resort in Mexico, the deserts of Arizona, Venice Beach, CA, and most unusual of all – the crowded bustling streets... read more

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

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

I combined eight subjects to complete a home-shopping website to post online. If you are a business, creative design, or writing student, you may wish to approach your professors to ask if they would give you credit for this website that you create by using the skills you learn from me and utilizing the subjects above. You will be provided with a template that may take you independently too long a time to get ready for your class. Your lessons with me will enable you to focus while co-piloting until you are ready to pilot the craft. I have already completed the entirety of steps (at least four lessons worth and maybe more) that it takes to get your novelties ideas open on the web. You can get ideas from your courses and incorporate them into the business at hand. Ask about it. The price for these lessons are higher than my normal rate and is $50.00 an hour.

Who is Amanda O.? Just another art teacher in Philadelphia? I am indeed an art teacher in the Philadelphia School District, but am so much more than that. While some students have the misconception that teachers just hatch from an egg as is, we know that's not true. I have many parts to me, as I am sure you have to you. I am a world traveler, who loves exploring new places, but also loves home more than anywhere. I also truly love helping others. During the summers of 2004 and 2005 I was able to combine these two passions by volunteering for a Christian service group called Project Serve. Our Project Serve team went to a small village just outside of San Pedro Sula, Honduras those 2 summers to serve the people of a Christian Youth Camp. My team focused on building a dorm hall and establishing a clean drinking well. While it was incredibly difficult, both physically and emotionally, each time I traveled there shaped who I am today. While we worked 8 of the 10 days we were there, we... read more

I will come to your house to improve your skills in the tutoring areas mentioned. All you need is the right equipment and/or software and we'll start from there. Life is too short, learn something that you have the desire to learn now. Years of experience in these fields and awards in some of these fields backup for my work. We'll start at the beginning then move along to where you see yourself being happy. I set up my tutoring to fit each students needs and aspirations. So lets get started, what are you waiting for? Check out my profile at

My name is Ronald, your tutor! I have a passion for both 35mm photography and teaching photography! I am an expert in this subject and I intend to do my very best in meeting your needs as a student looking to learn and understand the art and science of photography. My goal is meet your expectations, give100% student satisfaction and this, in turn, rewards me with gratification. I am truly excited about meeting you and tutoring you in what I feel is the best hobby/profession in the world!

My thinking, if a photographer wants to make the best pictures possible, there is only one step. -Get it right in the camera. (Sure there are some whom live and die by Photoshop and multi layered 17 image composite, but that is not most of us) Of course there are issues to consider to make that happen. 1. Exposure. knowing that the camera's light meter is not always accurate one must think ahead of the meter and know how to get the best exposure. 2. Composition. Although they are called the 'Rules of Composition' they are more like guidelines. Asymmetry is better for creating interest. 3. It is all about your audience. For whom are your pictures made? it is necessary to speak to them and not make pictures that evoke an emotional response only in you. 4. A Fine Art photographer, Ansel Adams, said: There is nothing worse than a sharp picture of a fuzzy concept. Know your point. It doesn't always precede making a picture, but it helps immensely.

Often people have the mistaken belief that images that look great on their web site should also work well when they grab them from their site and provide them to printing service providers. Web images display very well at 72 pixels per inch (often referred to as ppi) on a computer screen but printed images on paper or other substrates work best at 240 ppi and above for various forms of inkjet printers, and 300 ppi and above for offset printing purposes. (There is a little bit of wiggle room in these suggested image resolutions, however scaling an image with correct resolution upwards beyond an approximate 10 per cent variation may potentially lead to creating degraded final output). This resolution issue is heightened when the images need to be printed larger than they appear on the web site (which is often the case as web images are usually small in width times height appearance, as well as consisting of low resolution within the file) because enlarging images doesn't increase the... read more

Now that the world of photography has gone digital EVERYONE has a camera at their disposal. We have them on our phones, computers, watches and just about everywhere we can imagine. This has brought on an explosion of an interest in photography. Now everyone believes that they are photographers. However, there is more to photography than just taking pictures. If you "point and shoot" and don't put forth any more effort than that into the photograph then you are a "picture taker". One thing to take into consideration before giving yourself the title of "photographer" is to learn about your camera, lighting and composition. If you have just bought a new DSLR the first thing to do is read the manual. Learn about you camera, it's lenses and how they work together. Perhaps buy a book on your specific model of camera. The major books stores have published manuals on each major camera made my Nikon and Cannon. Composition is vitally important... read more

Have you ever brought your camera on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation or to an important family function, only to discover that your photos don’t do any justice to what you saw, or worse yet, came out horrible? What happened? You aimed, and you shot. The pictures came out blurry, poorly lit, overexposed, or crooked. Of course it is no secret that there is more to photography than pointing and shooting! One must know how to make adjustments to focus, aperture, shutter speed, and when to use flash. Some of the newer digital cameras have so many functions, it may seem like you need a degree in rocket science just to take a picture! Some things to consider when taking a photo: Composition—what is the main subject of the picture? ISO speed—how bright or dark is the setting? Focus—did you take the time to be sure that the subject is in clear focus? Depth of field—do you want the subject to stand out from objects in the foreground and background, or do you... read more

This past weekend I was in Pasco photographing the Northwest Alpaca Showcase. This is two 10 hours days shooting (not literally) alpacas and their owners. This is as very photography-aware crowd. They are used to having their pictures taken and can be very picky. This becomes a balancing act for the photographer. Do you show only your best work or do you show everything except your very worst? When working with humans in the studio, where the photographer has control over the environment, it is a good idea to only show your very best shots. Mistakes you made, or shots you missed, are better off being hidden. However, when shooting an event where you might have bad light and in a situation where many things are beyond your control, I take the position that I will show the customer everything except my very worst. Under those circumstances, showing only your very best may mean you have nothing to show to many participants...not a good idea. You need to consider the artistic and... read more

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