For The Joy Of It

In Influences, News & Stuff, Quoted, Resources, Thoughts & Theory by David0 Comments

Near the beginning of my photographic journey I was given two books – both of them by Freeman Patterson. The first I have recommended several times here, Photography and the Art of Seeing, the second is Photography For the Joy of It. Re-reading them now I suspect they are at the very centre of who I’ve become as a photographer. …

Oh, and one more thing…

In Thoughts & Theory by David2 Comments

A week ago I wrote a post for Scott Kelby’s blog. You can read it all HERE. While there are so many things I could add to it, there’s one I left out, so this is the bonus. 6. Be An Assistant Assisting another photographer is not only a great deal of fun, it’s a chance to learn technique and …

Back To School

In Pep Talks, Thoughts & Theory by David7 Comments

Mark Twain once admonished us not to let school get in the way of our education. I think it’s fair to say we shouldn’t let the lack of school get in the way, either. In the coming weeks it’s back to school time for kids and young adults across Canada and the USA, and beyond. Kids are gearing up for …

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 …

Artist/Geek, Etc.

In Thoughts & Theory by David4 Comments

The Artist. I love writing but it’s tough-going sometimes, so I’ve been re-reading Ann Lamott’s Bird By Bird, Some Instructions On Writing and Life for inspiration. She’s refreshingly honest about how hard it can be to write, to express yourself in your chosen medium. She talks candidly about the blood, sweat, and tears shed by writers in the service of …

Travel Photography: Ten Commandments

In Thoughts & Theory, Travel by David1 Comment

Tewfic El-Sawy has posted his version of the travel photographer’s ten commandments and while they don’t give Mosaic law a run for the money – I still contend we ought not covet our neighbor’s donkey – these ones have their own special relevance. Take a moment to read them HERE. Tewfic’s blog, The Travel Photographer is one of my daily …

Model Releases

In News & Stuff, Thoughts & Theory, Travel by David2 Comments

The Travel Photographer has been on a roll the last few days. On Friday he posted a short article about Model Releases, on Saturday an article about the censorship of war photographers, and on Sunday, an article about photographing people and the need for relationships. All good stuff. The article on model releases reminded me to finally post my thoughts …

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 …