Vanelli wrote a great article about asking for a mentor, having a mentor and finding a mentor. It made me think about the other side of that. What about BEING a mentor?
Why be a mentor?
In teaching, we learn. It’s something a photography mentor of mine said quite a few years ago and it’s stuck with me. read more…
I don’t know about you, but fall is one of my favorite seasons. Why? It’s finally cooling off, there are more colors in the world and the air becomes more crisp and fresh.
What does this mean as a photographer? read more…
Stop! Don’t press that garbage can icon!
I’ve witnessed this many times while out taking photographs with people. They quickly click through images using the screen on their camera and start deleting away. It makes me cringe and I almost always give them a little bit of advice — you might want to wait to look at those on your larger screen.
Are you drawn to photographing certain subjects? Do you ever feel like you’re running out of ideas or new ways to photographic those subjects?
Where to start
Start with what you have. read more…
It’s hard not to compare our work with everyone else’s. We see it every day on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. We can’t seem to ignore it or look away. The thing is, it’s not really helping you or moving you forward.
I’m not good enough
Comparing ourselves and our work to others only contributes to our own insecurities, read more…
We probably all do it at some point — we become lazy, we’re shooting something we don’t really care about, we’re just creating snapshots or for whatever reason, we turn the dial to Auto.
It has its place
I do believe that there are times and places for shooting on Auto. When we are learning the basics of composition placing our camera on auto is one of the best ways to not worry about or think about anything but the composition. We are learning and aren’t trying to create our masterpiece. It’s OK to just set it on Auto and focus on what we are seeing in our frame and how we want to present it. read more…
About a year ago I started writing almost every morning and it’s helped my photography and my business. Below I explain how.
“The Artist Way”
“The Artist Way” is a book/workbook by Julia Cameron. It had been recommended to me by a fellow artist (or two). When I first got it I read through it just to get an idea of what it was about, what it could help me with and if it were something I would really invest any time into beyond just reading it. read more…
I recently attended a free 90-minute camera workshop. The description was: “Basic Camera Overview/Class Orientation, DSLR & Mirrorless Camera Operation, and the Principles of Correct Exposure.”
I’ve been taking photographs for over forty years, why on earth would I choose to go to a basic camera course? Several reasons actually:
Relearn the basics
I recently went to a fan event at Guaranteed Rate Field (still Comiskey Park to me), home of the Chicago White Sox. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get some fun photos of the park without all people.
The big picture
Our first tendencies when we walk into a scene are to see the whole thing, the big picture.
Monday, March 18th
Our last day out, two land excursions. Deception Island and Half Moon Island. Old whaling stations, seals and penguins. Not a bad way to end an incredible trip.