Category Archives: Tonality and Appearance

The bookend issues of highlight and shadow are important, but what happens between those two extreme tones is even more critical for good image presentation in different mediums.

Serious Photographers Don’t Use Post-Processing

I’m not sure where this concept originated, but I know it didn’t come from the professional photographic community. This sophomoric bravado may be sincere in its conviction but it is sincerely wrong in its claim. Actually, the polar opposite is … Continue reading

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Overlooking the Obvious: The Art of Not Seeing What You’re Looking At

I make myself shoot something every day for the shear discipline of it. You’re only good at what you do every day, and I intend to stay on top of my game. Occasionally I’ll walk around my own neighborhood in … Continue reading

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Remember What You Forgot and Learn What You Never Knew.

Remember that sinking feeling you had in Algebra II when you realized you should have paid more attention in Algebra I? Well, here you are with your camera and it’s deja vu all over again! The fundamentals of light and … Continue reading

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Rekindling the Romance of Black and White, Part Three: A Walk in the Park

This is part three; the final installation in this series. Before I talk about converting color digital to black and white, you should appreciate how different the monochromatic (black and white) photo process is today compared to what it was … Continue reading

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What’s Choking Your Photo Creativity?

Shortly after Photoshop stormed onto the scene folks started peddling their personal Photoshop Actions and Presets in Lightroom. It didn’t take long for ambitious power-users to figure out how to make money by selling prefab effects and routines. I always … Continue reading

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Technology and Tolerance

Tolerance is an interesting concept; it keeps our biases and personal convictions in check and moderates our acceptance of issues that we don’t agree with. In a social sense, tolerance plays a critical part in a well-behaved society. I was raised to be tolerant long … Continue reading

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Rekindling the Romance of Black and White, Part Two: Photoshop

The thrill of romance wanes when we fail to appreciate uniqueness and recognize differences. When we downplay distinctive traits, the spark of romance gradually mellows and we settle for the bland and predictable. Instead of identifying and appreciating those small … Continue reading

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Rekindling the Romance of Black and White, Part One.

If you loved shooting black and white film photography in the days before digital, you’re gonna love what digital black and white imaging (capture and post-processing) can produce now. Continue reading

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Don’t Show Me Your Tricks, Show Me Your Skills

The automated features and tricks built into cameras and software can actually stunt your photographic growth. Are you relying on auto settings, pre-sets, and effects to make your shots look better? Do you run your photos through software that pushes … Continue reading

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The Visible Spectrum: Color As Frequencies & Light Waves

Hang on, in this final installment in this series, I’m about to get geeky about the emotion and romance aspect of color photography. Your eyes don’t actually see colors at all. Color is more of a perception than a reality; a … Continue reading

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