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Do you know how to find the essence of your subject?

Images in black & white reveal beauty hiding in plain sight. What is truly important becomes clear without the distraction of color. Let's look at how using the example of a flower.   What is the essence of a flower? How do you know what type of flower this...

The 3 Tenets of black & white photography

Do you know The 3 Tenets of black & white photography, as instructor Brit Hammer likes to call them? In Beautiful Black & White you’ll explore them all to take your photography to the next level.   The 3 Tenets of black & white photography 1. Simplify...

My Favorite Quotes: Claude Monet

Since my background is in art and not photography, I studied Art History; among other areas in this field. My favorite painters were the Impressionists, and one of my favorite painters was one of the founders of that movement named Claude Monet. Actually, I really...

“Get it Right In-Camera” or “Fix-it in Post”?

You have undoubtedly heard both familiar phrases before. “Get it right in camera” is the purist’s view, believing that the only purpose of post-processing is to restore a faithful version of the subject.  “Fix-it-post” on the other hand, holds that the shutter click...

Eye candy

Looking for some eye candy to awaken your creative muse? Check out these strong student images taken during Finding Beauty and Beautiful Black & White. Don't these make you want to dust off your camera to capture your own great images?   Psst. Many of the...

Kickstart your creativity

Has your creative muse gone on holiday and left you all alone? Or are you wanting to clarify the type of photographer you'd like to become but don't know where to start? If you answered yes to either question then kickstart your creativity and shift into high gear...

What stories will you tell with your images?

In Authentic Photo Stories we create a series of images that tell a story — real stories that embrace a subject and show the beauty of what's happening, no matter what that is. In this post we look at student work. Meet student Darlene Woodward Darlene took part in...

Photo Ops: Window Light

When I was starting my career almost fifty-four years ago, there wasn’t a lot of money for equipment, especially lighting equipment. That is if I even knew what to do with said equipment if I had the money to buy it. I relied on my training in Art to get me through...

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