Archive for July, 2011

What Makes a Great Photograph?

What Makes a Great Photograph?

What are the elements of a great photograph? What are the magic ingredients that make one image so much better than another? Is it possible to quantify the ‘secret recipe’ of great photography?…

Why You Need a Great Camera Bag

Why You Need a Great Camera Bag

It’s something we take for granted almost all of the time, but having a great camera bag can mean all the difference when conditions turn nasty. I was reminded of this last week while hiking and photographing in western North Carolina. Here’s why…

Photographer’s Notebook: Photographing Moving Water

Photographer’s Notebook: Photographing Moving Water

Photographing moving water can be a damned tricky business, if you hope to make meaningful images. Is there a mindset that helps get you past the most obvious shots?…

Photographer’s Notebook: North Carolina, Day 2

Photographer’s Notebook: North Carolina, Day 2

Photos from a day of shooting along Big Creek on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Asheville, North Carolina.

Photographer’s Notebook: North Carolina, Day 1

Photographer’s Notebook: North Carolina, Day 1

I’m photographing in western North Carolina this week, one of my favorite places in the U.S. It’s familiar to me from years of backpacking and camping in this region. This isn’t a place of continual grand vistas; it’s much softer and more understated than that…

June 2011 Flickr Group Critique

June 2011 Flickr Group Critique

This month with our Flickr Group Critique, we’re going to take a different tack: looking at the power and emotion that color adds to your photographs and how and why we experience color the way we do…

Photographing fireworks in the old U.S. of A.

Photographing fireworks in the old U.S. of A.

News alert: I wrote a post last year before the Fourth of July, one of our two big events for the purveyors of all things explosive, about how to photograph fireworks. Here’s the link back to that story, in case you didn’t see it and want to give this a try…

Canon vs. Nikon: is one line cheaper?

Canon vs. Nikon: is one line cheaper?

One of the themes that emerges out of all the comments I receive about Canon vs. Nikon camera articles is really about price: photographers agonize over making the ‘right’ decision when it comes to choosing their first DSLR, knowing that it’s a bunch of money to lay out…