Archive for July, 2009

Photography Then & Now

Photography Then & Now

Do you ever yearn for photography ‘back in the day’? Long to be quietly making prints in a romantic, dim darkroom? Think that life would be so much nicer with just a couple of rolls of actual film in your pocket? Here’s a reflection upon what has changed and what has not in the world of photography over the course of my career…..

A Basic Photoshop Toning Recipe

A Basic Photoshop Toning Recipe

All of us either use Photoshop or use something that tries to act like Photoshop. Photoshop has defined image toning in the digital age like no other piece of software. Photoshop is the proverbial 800-pound gorilla, a fantastic, complicated, wonderful tool that has transformed all of our lives as photographers. What follows is my basic Photoshop toning recipe, good for all of your standard image processing…

Understanding Photographic Lighting, Part III (Article Series)

Understanding Photographic Lighting, Part III (Article Series)

Choosing a studio strobe system may just be the most important decison you’ll make…maybe even more important than the camera system you settle on. Read more to learn why this is true for most professional photographers….

Join our new Flickr group!

Join our new Flickr group!

Attention everyone! Exciting news! Starting today, our Discerning Photographer online community now has a Flickr group dedicated to you! I’m hoping you’ll upload some of your favorite personal photographs for the group to see. Getting feedback is a critical part of the growth process for all photographers and hey…nothing ventured, nothing gained….

Today’s Photograph: Pontchartrain Cloudscape #1

Today’s Photograph: Pontchartrain Cloudscape #1

Sometimes all a post needs is a photograph. Today I saw this as I drove across on my way in to work in New Orleans. The clouds were amazing, enough to make me stop. I’ve written before about what a powerful factor the lake and its sky are on my shooting, and here’s a good example! (Click to open and see full-sized)

Understanding Photographic Lighting–Part II (Article Series)

Understanding Photographic Lighting–Part II (Article Series)

Learning to creatively use portable strobe is the first step towards gaining control over added lighting sources in your photography. Today we’ll explore how you can experiment and master these important lighting tools…

Understanding Photographic Lighting–Part I

Understanding Photographic Lighting–Part I

Coming to understand the role that lighting plays in our lives as photographers is critical. Learning to use and control that light is one of the fundamental elements you need to master if you are to progress as a photographer. This series of articles will explore this most basic of photographic elements…

A Photographer’s Bookshelf

A Photographer’s Bookshelf

This new monthly feature will look at a handful of photography books, some how-to, some inspirational in nature. Hope you enjoy it!–DiscerningPhotog

What Photo Gear to Take Backpacking

What Photo Gear to Take Backpacking

Picking the right photo equipment for a backpacking trip can make the difference between success and failure when weight considerations play such an important role in your choices. Read here for how I decide which items to bring on a multi-day trip.(Includes video)

Five Things That Will Improve Your Photography

Five Things That Will Improve Your Photography

We all face challenges as photographers and sometimes a list of ideas can be just the thing to get us out of a creative slump. Here’s a list of ideas that can make you shoot and see better. Check it out and see if anything here inspires you to get going…