Seriously?

In Just For Fun, Rants and Sermons by David34 Comments

It’s 6:30am in Kathmandu, and one of the first emails I got this am is below. Normally I just delete stuff like this and assume the writer just had a bad day. But as it raises some interesting issues, I thought I’d post it here and let y’all reply to it. If I do it, it comes off as defensive. …

Paying It Forward

In Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons by David6 Comments

I never saw the movie from which I stole the title for this post. So you will forgive me for the gratuitous appearance of Yoda on the button. The concept is pretty easy to figure out. And it’s one that I think we’ve all got an obligation to live by. Think for a moment about the joy that you derive …

A gripe

In GEAR, Rants and Sermons by David15 Comments

Is it that hard, Canon? I love your cameras. I love your optics and their sexy red collars. But your service? It is hard to imagine how it could be worse. I’ve yet to hear a good service story – from anyone – anywhere in the world. Sure, you can get CPS in some places. And it’s free. And time …

Pointing Clearly and Powerfully.

In Influences, Quoted, Rants and Sermons by David10 Comments

I’m giving you another well-deserved break from my rants – not all of which, it seems, have been appreciated by others. I was accused, of all things, this week, of exhibiting sour grapes towards the very people for whom I freely labour by writing this blog. My rant about gear being paramount to vision rubbed some the wrong way. Alas, …

On My Soapbox Again. It's STILL hard.

In Rants and Sermons, Thoughts & Theory by David3 Comments

In response to my post last Friday, Craig Beyers left this comment: As I’ve already said–and you so eloquently state–if it was easy, everyone would to it. Robert Heinlein said it better: any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. You guys–the pro’s and amateurs–who have mastered the craft make it look so easy that the many of the rest …

A Long Way To Go: A Rant

In Rants and Sermons, Thoughts & Theory by David15 Comments

It’s been a gear-intensive week for me personally, as well as on the blog. So in the interest of balance and getting this sermon out before I burst, here’s a change of direction to close out the week. We keep getting told by the camera-makers and gadget-mongers that you just need a great (new! shiny!) camera and the rest is …

From Darkroom To Lightroom (via Photoshop)

In Lightroom & Workflow, Photographs & Photoshopping, Rants and Sermons, Thoughts & Theory by David6 Comments

I wrote this more as a confession than anything else. Like a meditation. If you’re allergic to the stream-of-consciousness, touchy-feely stuff, move along. There is nothing for you here and you’re likely to break into a rash. The rest of you might resonate with this. Or not… I used to love the darkroom. The actual, physical, red-lights and chemicals type …

InDecisive? A Rant.

In Influences, Rants and Sermons, Thoughts & Theory by David17 Comments

In 1952, celebrated photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson wrote Une Decisive Moment, a book filled with both his photographs and philosophy. One concept, the titular “decisive moment” has become so well-known as to become cliche and then suffer the same fate most thoughts and theories suffer when their commentators and quoters drift too far from the source material. Here, then is the …

Personal Style: A Rant.

In Rants and Sermons, Thoughts & Theory by David2 Comments

Spend any time with photographers talking about the work of other photographers and the words “he’s got a really unique style” will tumble out of someone’s mouth faster than hands off a greased pig. We value style, forms of expression so unique to shooters that you can identify their work immediately. Show me a Jill Greenberg photograph, or an Annie …

Less Posturing, More Shooting: A Rant.

In Rants and Sermons, Thoughts & Theory by David10 Comments

This one’s a rant. Sorry. If you came here for plucky comic relief, move along. I’m not gonna lie to you folks, the more time I spend online reading the interactions of some of the photographers out there, the more disappointed I get. Some of the arguing going on is enough to make Jesus drink gin from a cat bowl, …