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Photography Resolutions for 2012

Photography Resolutions for 2012

Did you make any photography New Year’s resolutions last year? If you did, how did they work out for you? Successful? And now with the new year upon us, have you thought about any photographic resolutions or goals that you want to attempt for this year?..

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…

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..

‘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…

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge, Up Close and Personal

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge, Up Close and Personal

My photographic study of Lake Pontchartrain has entered a new phase. A year into my project, thanks to the enthusiastic support of Carlton Defrechou, General Manager of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Commission, I’m getting to spend some time shooting out on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge itself…

Photo Assignment #3 :  “Hands”

Photo Assignment #3 : “Hands”

I’ve posted the new photo assignment over in the Forums. It’s all about HANDS. Once you’ve shot your image, go over to our Photo Assignment Forum to post your photograph…

Photo Forums Giveaway: We have a winner!

Photo Forums Giveaway: We have a winner!

Thanks to all of you who have registered for our new Photo Forums here at The Discerning Photographer, where we’ll chat about any and all things photo-related…

Wrapping up the ‘Shadows’ Photo Assignment

Wrapping up the ‘Shadows’ Photo Assignment

We had a nice collection of images submitted for the ‘Shadows’ photo assignment, which involved using shadows in your photograph, either as the main focal point of your composition or as a strong visual element. Here are a couple of my favorites, along with my thoughts about them…

Darkrooms I Have Known

Darkrooms I Have Known

Over the course of my career I’ve worked in many, many darkrooms, but the darkroom I use today is my favorite: a MacBook Pro with Photoshop CS5. And yes, it truly is a (digital) darkroom! But that’s getting ahead of the story…

The ‘Shadows’ Photo Assignment and Forums Giveaway

The ‘Shadows’ Photo Assignment and Forums Giveaway

Just a reminder about our current Photo Assignment running right now over in the Forums section: ‘Shadows.’ And a gentle prod: if you haven’t registered for the Forums, do so now and you’ll be entered in our fine art print giveaway that’s running for just a bit longer…

Are You a Goal-Oriented Photographer?

Are You a Goal-Oriented Photographer?

As with many other things, setting goals for your photography is one of the best ways to improve your results. Without goals to reach for, we wander aimlessly about, shooting new versions of our old photos, recommitting the same mistakes we made last year, never really improving artistically…

Photo Assignment Summary: ‘Just One Shot,’ and a New Assignment!

Photo Assignment Summary: ‘Just One Shot,’ and a New Assignment!

Our first photo assignment was simple, but very difficult: go out and shoot Just One Shot.
This was my way of trying to get you to slow down and really look before you leap.

Have You Shot Your Photo Assignment Yet?

Have You Shot Your Photo Assignment Yet?

I’ve gone out and shot my version of Assignment #1 for our new Photo Assignment Forum, which you may recall involved taking your camera, going out, looking around very carefully, slowly, and deliberately, and shooting ONE AND ONLY ONE image…

The Camera as Time Machine

The Camera as Time Machine

How do you experience time? Is it always speeding by you minute-by-minute, one detail at a time, always just out of your grasp? Do you make lists or use an organizer to try and get control over your time? Do you feel like time (and your life) is speeding by you, out of control?…

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Late Summer Surprise

Late Summer Surprise

Sometimes a photowalk/stroll can bring the most unexpected rewards. Today while cruising our yard in the late evening light, I came upon a minor miracle: a gardenia blossom in its prime, months after the rest of the blooms were long past…

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August 2011 Flickr Group Critique

August 2011 Flickr Group Critique

Each month we use one post to look at some of the photographs submitted to The Discerning Photographer’s Group Pool at Flickr. The goal is to provide the photographers with some feedback that goes beyond the usual Flickr ‘Great capture!’, providing the chosen shooters with a bit of constructive criticism…

Magic Light

Magic Light

Early morning light has magical qualities that simply enchant me, getting me up out of bed in the dark day after day. It’s full of surprises too, as the story of this image makes clear…

Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters

I was out prowling one of my favorite sections of the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline on a day last month, up before even the first bit of light had appeared…..Then, as the first bit of light finally started to create those first dark, low-contrast shades of grey, I started to see it: white dancing sea monsters on the top of the water!

July 2011 Flickr Group Photo Critique

July 2011 Flickr Group Photo Critique

Each month we use one post to look at some of the photographs submitted to The Discerning Photographer’s Group Pool at Flickr. The goal is to provide the photographers with some feedback that goes beyond the usual Flickr ‘Great capture!’, providing the chosen shooters with a bit of constructive criticism…