Archive for December, 2011

Top 10 Photography Posts of 2011

Top 10 Photography Posts of 2011

I thought it might be fun, and maybe educational for me as well, to look back through my 2011 posts and pick out my favorites. Here they are, and it’s an eclectic group: some ‘how to’ stuff, some personal musings–it’s the type of mix you’ve probably come to expect if you follow The Discerning Photographer…

Did Your Photography Improve in 2011?

Did Your Photography Improve in 2011?

I think that as the year draws to a close, it’s useful to look back and ask yourself: ‘Did my photographic vision grow in 2011?’ This is something that can be instructive as we think back and look ahead as photographers…

Photo Assignment #5 :  ‘Tis the Season’

Photo Assignment #5 : ‘Tis the Season’

Here’s the new Photo Assignment just posted over in the Forums. Check it out and then pick up your camera! Let’s see what you can come up with…

How to Photograph the Holidays

How to Photograph the Holidays

Photography around the winter holidays is a natural thing—if you’re the photographer in the group, you’ll be expected to shoot the majority of the photos. To keep from ending up with a dull and predictable group of images, though, you need to think ahead…

A Clarification on our ‘Back Lit’ Assignment

A Clarification on our ‘Back Lit’ Assignment

Looking at the small selection of images submitted for our ‘Back Lit’ assignment, I have to conclude that this was not a crowd pleaser (!)…but I also think I should have included a bit more explanation in the original assignment…

Going Inside a Pinhole Camera

Going Inside a Pinhole Camera

Ever wonder what it would be like to go inside a camera? The camera obscura that I was able to walk into is a limestone sculpture called the Star Chamber, designed and built by noted English artist Chris Drury in 2006..

Battery Tales: A Photographer’s Best Friend, Worst Enemy

Battery Tales: A Photographer’s Best Friend, Worst Enemy

As modern photographers using digital equipment, we live our lives dependent upon battery power: in your camera, in your strobe, in most of the essential accessories that we cart around. So having juice to run everything is not just important, it’s downright vital…

‘Hands’ Photo Assignment Post Mortem

‘Hands’ Photo Assignment Post Mortem

There were several really nice images submitted for the ‘Hands’ photo assignment. Here are a few of my favorite images from the group submitted, along with short explanations for why I thought the images worked…

New Photo Assignment in the Forums:  ‘Back Lit’

New Photo Assignment in the Forums: ‘Back Lit’

We have a new Photo Assignment up in the Photo Forums here on the site, and this new one is all about light sources…and their direction! Check it out and see if you aren’t challenged to go out and make a great image….

October-November Flickr Group Critique is all about ‘Mood’

October-November Flickr Group Critique is all about ‘Mood’

Our Flickr Group Critique this time is all about mood, atmosphere and mystery–images that make you stop and take a second look. I think we respond to atmospheric photographs on several levels, some visceral, some subconscious…