Thursday, December 27, 2018

Congratulations - Now Go Take Pictures!

Congratulations on your new camera!

(Go take pictures! So that when you travel to Death Valley
this winter you are comfortable with your new camera.)
I know there are many of you who received a new digital camera for Christmas.  Maybe it replaced your previous model, maybe it is your first DSLR (digital single lens reflex).

Whatever the circumstances, if this is new to you then you might be feeling a little intimidated. All those buttons, and menus, and features, and strange abbreviations - it can all be rather daunting.

I am often asked for advise on how to take better pictures.  My best first advise to beginners is always this:

Go Take Pictures!

I cannot tell you how many times I've been introduced to someone with a new camera and all they can do is brag about the features - but they have not taken any pictures!

               Go Take Pictures!

The camera is a tool and you have to get comfortable using it. And the only way to do that is...

                               Go Take Pictures!

There is time enough to learn more about the craft of photography.  I want to share hints, tips, and  ideas with you here (I am even putting together a workshop just for beginners).  But until then...

                                             Go Take Pictures!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Let There Be Light


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Photography is about light.  Light is the photographer’s lifeblood and without it we are nothing!  It is the fundamental building block for the images we create. 

It is easy to get distracted and think photography starts with the camera, but that is not true.  Photography always starts with the light.  


In Northern California where I live, Winter light has a special quality unlike anywhere else.  A soft, glowing quality that lends itself to crafting photographs on subjects that at any other time of the year would be too harshly illuminated.  I’ll bet where you live the qualities of the light change throughout the seasons, lending itself to particular subjects at different times of the year.

Take Care,
Jeff

Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Drop in the Well of Inspiration




"A photographer seeks intimacy with the world and then endeavors to share it."


From Jerry Lopez's essay Learning to See.*  One of those "required readings" I believe every serious photographer should have in their well of inspiration.  In his essay Lopez shares why he gave up photography.  Interesting insights as to why some of us stay with it.

Take care,
Jeff


*You can find his essay in both of his books Vintage Lopez and About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory.