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It’s All Subjective

In The Craft, Thoughts & Theory by David7 Comments

  These were the questions I was asked last week and I think they open an interesting conversation. Here’s my take on it: Yes. A photograph needs a subject. It needs something about which to be. In the same way a story or a poem or a song needs to be about something, so too does a photograph. But remember …

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Two Big Questions

In The Craft, The Life Creative, Thoughts & Theory by David8 Comments

Walking through Jodhpur with a friend last week he asked me a series of questions about the way I think when I photograph, specifically: how do I prioritize and make the decisions that I do? Do you choose aperture first, or shutter? Do you reach for a wider lens or a tighter? Do you back up, get close? So many …

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More Than Smiles

In The Craft, Thoughts & Theory, Travel by David16 Comments

For years I chased smiles. I still do. I love a great laugh for the spark and openness it brings to a subject. But laughter and smiles, universal as they are, do not tell the whole story or express the full emotional gamut of the human race (riddling, perplexed, labrynthical soul, as John Donne so well expressed it.) I use …

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Seeing Colour

In The Craft, The Life Creative, Thoughts & Theory by David8 Comments

This image is a photograph of two black gondolas on black water. We do not see things as they are but as they look, and the brain will do whatever it can to untangle puzzles like this. So many people will walk past this scene and others like it and never see it. Not truly. They will see it at …

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An Iconic Photograph, or a Photographed Icon?

In Photographically Speaking, The Life Creative, Thoughts & Theory, Travel by David12 Comments

Talk to any traveling photographer for long and the words “iconic photograph” will come tumbling out of their mouth as surely as a bus-load of tourists with selfie-sticks will spill out the moment you arrive at a destination and set up a tripod, thrilled to be there alone. As goals go, it sure beats wanting nothing more from our images …

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Learn to Isolate More

In The Craft, Thoughts & Theory, Tutorials &Technique by David6 Comments

Isolation: Use a Longer Lens The Visual Toolbox, Lesson 13 Nikon D800, 300mm, 1/400 @ f/11. ISO 800 This Whooper swan was photographed tight with a 300mm lens.  Telephoto lenses, anything over a 35mm equivalent of 50-60mm, have the opposite effect of a wide angle, and the longer they get (200, 300, 600mm) the greater the difference. As telephoto lenses …