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 …

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 …

Visual Literacy

In Books, Resources, Thoughts & Theory by David3 Comments

I suspect the democratic nature of photography – the fact that anyone can pick up a camera and begin making photographs without the kind of talent or training needed to be, say, a painter – is what is responsible for some of the best and worst of this art. The best because it puts it into the hands of children …

Better Perspective: Better Images

In Thoughts & Theory, Tutorials &Technique by David1 Comment

One of the pitfalls of photography is that by necessity we are reducing three dimensions into two. The moment the shutter is pressed and the image is created we can no longer walk around the scene and see it from different angles. The moment is frozen but so is the perspective. Once the image is made, the angle from which …

Gavin Gough: Motivation

In Guest Articles, Thoughts & Theory by David7 Comments

Gavin Gough and I are trading posts today. You can find my post HERE on Gavin’s blog and his post below. Please extend a warm Pixelated Image welcome to Gavin Gough. Inspiration – A Beginner’s Guide “Photographic technique is no secret and, provided the interest is there, easily assimilated. But inspiration comes from the soul and when the muse isn’t …