My Photographic Evolution
Oct12

My Photographic Evolution

By Suzanne D. Williams– My daughter’s graduation from high school some years ago prompted me to comb through files filled with old photographs. She’ll always be my baby and I had several of those “mom moments,” wishing to re-enter my now rosy past. But I was also forced to revisit some really bad photographs. Why in the world did I save all of these? There is something to be said for viewing the overall grand design of...

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For Love Of Lions
Aug22

For Love Of Lions

By Kenn Jacobs– My first published photo in a book was a pub sign–The Old Red Lion–shot in a now-forgotten English village. It wasn’t until many years later, though, that I had an epiphany when I came face to face with the sculpture of the Lion of Lucerne in Switzerland. Carved in 1820 as a memorial to the bravery of 600 Swiss Guards who lost their lives in 1792 during the French Revolution, Mark Twain described it as “the most...

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The Romantic Spirit Of Photography
Jul05

The Romantic Spirit Of Photography

By Suzanne D. Williams– Lately, I find myself pulled into two halves. The logical side of me writes photography articles, historical facts, and how-tos. This is my dominant side. However, there is also my creative side. This side surrounds itself with fictional characters, romantic verses, and colorful images. This side learned how to say “I love you” in Irish Gaelic (there are about a half dozen ways) and swooned at the...

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Digital Photography– Where Next?
May20

Digital Photography– Where Next?

By Chris Gatcum– You only have to look at what’s happened to photography in the 21st Century to see how rapidly the technology that underpins it is moving: in the year 2000, full-frame cameras were a mere suggestion; a digital SLR costing less than $1,000 was a dream; and CSCs [Compact System Cameras], sophisticated camera phones, and high-resolution digital video were simply unimaginable. Yet today all of these things—and more—are...

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Spectrum Expands For Color Blind Photographers!
Apr27

Spectrum Expands For Color Blind Photographers!

by Arthur H. Bleich– If your prints look good to you but not to anyone else, you could be color blind. More than 14 million people in the U.S. and Canada are afflicted with some type of color vision deficiency ranging from mild to severe which makes it impossible for them to see colors that normal-sighted people see– and to tell different colors apart from one another. With almost 60 million people seriously involved in photography,...

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Our National Parks Odyssey
Apr10

Our National Parks Odyssey

By Andrew Slaton– Steam from the early morning chill rises off the Green River in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.  Squaretop, an aptly named handsome granite mountain in the distance catches the first rays of the sun, rising somewhere I cannot yet see. I sip my scalding, black coffee in our trailer and wait. This is what I do. I get paid to just sit out in some of the wildest places of the world until that unreal moment of light,...

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Three Photography Book Gems For Under $10 !
Dec12

Three Photography Book Gems For Under $10 !

by Arthur H. Bleich– Now that we’re into the holiday season, I’d like to recommend three photography books that are stand-outs and would make great gifts or be worthy additions to your library. All are currently available at Amazon in used (but mostly like-new) condition at about $10 or less. Some are going for as little as a penny which makes them an excellent bargain. Here they are: Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs by...

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Click Away 2015 in San Antonio
Oct15

Click Away 2015 in San Antonio

by Leslie Clampitt – I recently attended Click Away in San Antonio, which is a photographic education conference organized by the creators of Click magazine, Clickin Moms. This organization targets women, specifically mothers, who are either growing their photography business or just starting. We are always looking for ways to learn more about what photographers want and need, and the best way to do this is by attending various...

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“Pure Images” are a Myth
Jul20

“Pure Images” are a Myth

By Bryan Peterson –As the years have gone by, I have been pushing myself further and further away from the “obvious” photographic opportunities and more toward the “unseen,” as well as toward creating images from “scratch” (i.e., using props and/or models, and creating compositions that are in fact inspired in part by observing the world around me or simply writing down those ideas that seem to pop...

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Photographs versus Fine Art Photographs
Mar08

Photographs versus Fine Art Photographs

 By Bruce Barnbaum– Throughout my photographic career, I have been asked, “What is the difference between a fine art photograph and a regular photograph?” This question was asked explicitly at the last workshop I taught before completing the text for The Essence of Photography. It’s an excellent question, one that deserves thought and discussion. My first answer is, “A lot of it is just pretentious bullshit.” It is pretentious on the...

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Altering Reality– It’s Nothing New
Jan10

Altering Reality– It’s Nothing New

By Arthur H. Bleich– Critics of computer-altered images usually divide photography into two time periods: the honest analog days and the dishonest digital ones. If it were only that easy. Tinkering with images is as old as photography itself; it’s merely become more sophisticated. In the early days of photography, “spirit” photos depicted departed loved ones hovering near the living, and fairies were shown dancing in the woods. And...

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New Magazine Focuses on the Art and Craft of Photography
Nov10

New Magazine Focuses on the Art and Craft of Photography

The new issue of Shadow & Light Magazine is out and about.  Go to www.shadowandlightmagazine.com for to purchase either a single-issue or annual subscription. Shadow & Light magazine is an online photography magazine that couldn’t wait any longer to be published. It is the brainchild of Tim Anderson, the publisher/editor of Red Dog News, and the former publisher/managing editor of CameraArts magazine. Since CameraArts ceased...

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My Boxes of Red River Paper
Apr11

My Boxes of Red River Paper

By Derrick Story–  Not long ago, I published a picture on my Facebook page of an “odds and ends” room from my studio. I was writing about an older iMac DV Special Edition that I kept in there. But a number of sharp eyes noticed the boxes of Red River Paper that I keep on hand.     It’s true: I love having a variety of surfaces to choose from when it’s time to print with my Epsons. But I’ve found...

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Your Camera- A Tool, Not A Jewel
Dec23

Your Camera- A Tool, Not A Jewel

By Arthur H. Bleich–  For those of you who are not professionals and take pictures for the love of it, technology is your most formidable opponent. Digital cameras have far too many features for you to become comfortable with, especially if you don’t (and I know you don’t) shoot a couple of hundred pictures a day. Film cameras, on the other hand, had relatively few features which made it very easy to take pictures instead of wasting...

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