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Ten Reasons to “Shoot to a Theme”

In Uncategorized by Rick Ohnsman4 Comments

Often photography is about grabbing your camera, going to an interesting place, and looking for subjects that catch your eye.  No real plan, grab your camera, take a walk, and see what photo opportunities present themselves.  There’s nothing wrong with that. Often serendipity will meet your skills as photographer and a good shot will result.  …

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When Should Serious Photographers Make Snapshots?

In Post-processing, Uncategorized by Rick Ohnsman8 Comments

Snapshots??!!  Most photographers aspiring to improve scoff at making “snapshots”, those being the quick images taken without much thought by the point-and-shoot crowd.  We’re serious photographers here and want to instead be Crafting Photographs, right?  But in this article, I’m talking about a feature in Lightroom you may not have tried or understood and it …

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14 Ways Shooting Still Life Can Improve Your Photography

In Uncategorized by Rick Ohnsman6 Comments

As a new photographer, there’s a lot to learn.  Camera controls, composition, lighting, lens selection and more.  Try action, sports, or even wildlife photography and while you puzzle over exposure settings the shot is missed.  Try portraiture and your subject may become impatient while you’re trying to get the light right or find the right …

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Ideas for Making Great Rain Photos

In Photo Basics, Uncategorized by Rick Ohnsman3 Comments

Rain, rain, go away.  Little Johnny wants to play. Johnny must not have been a photographer.  If he was, he might know that when the weather gets bad, the photos get good.  Rainy days often provide the drama, the light, and interesting subjects to photograph.  The key is knowing what to shoot and how to …

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7 Great Photography Documentaries with a Message

In Uncategorized by Frank Gallagher8 Comments

My wife and I were recently watching a documentary about two photographers collaborating on a fascinating project.  It got me wondering about other documentaries about photographers and photography.  Which ones give you more than a biography of the artist?  Which ones raise interesting questions about life, relationships, and our purpose on this planet?  Which ones …

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5 Tips to Prepare for a Photo Workshop

In Uncategorized by Frank Gallagher2 Comments

You’re looking forward to going to a workshop and coming back with lots more photography knowledge and some killer images.  Doing a few, pretty simple things before you leave can dramatically increase your enjoyment during the workshop, and the amount of knowledge, skills and great photos you’ll come back with. There’s no shortage of choices …