Archive for February, 2010

How to Shoot Great Group Photos

How to Shoot Great Group Photos

I know: you hate shooting group shots! But as the photographer in your circle of family or friends, you’ll frequently be called upon to perform this task. Here are my tips for taking great group photos….

New Pages at The Discerning Photographer!

New Pages at The Discerning Photographer!

Starting now, there’s a new masthead tab called ‘Techniques.’ Hovering over the Techniques tab brings up nested pages for ‘Beginners’ and ‘Advanced Shooters,’ where lots of the rich content on The Discerning Photographer has been organized….

Photoshop Alternatives, Part II

Photoshop Alternatives, Part II

If you just can’t justify the expense of Photoshop right now, what should you use? Here we look at open-source Gimp and Photoshop Elements. Is one of these right for you?

Quick Tip—Always Keep a Camera ‘Locked and Loaded’

Quick Tip—Always Keep a Camera ‘Locked and Loaded’

This is an extremely simple, but essential, Quick Tip: always have a camera completely set up and ready to shoot pictures, close at hand. You never know when you’re going to encounter an amazing photograph, and it pays to be ready…

Photoshop Alternatives, Part I

Photoshop Alternatives, Part I

If you can’t afford full-blown Photoshop. what image editing software should you use? I review Picnik, Picasa, Gimp and Photoshop Elements in this two-part series.

Why Do We Photograph the Things We Do?

Why Do We Photograph the Things We Do?

As in, why do I like to photograph some things while you are attracted to others? Better yet, what is the mental/creative/visioning process we all go through in order to ‘see’ a photograph we want to shoot? Is this process the same for everyone, or is it unique for every individual?