Ladakh and Kathmandu – AAR

In News & Stuff, Thoughts & Theory, Travel by David12 Comments

An AAR is an After Action Report. My friend Gary Chapman first reminded me of the concept while we were in Hawaii. Then Matt Brandon brought it up while in India. So I’m going with it. In the “Gear I Hauled Around The World And Never Used” Category. This time my tripod got very little use, but as is always …

Once you can focus, learn this…

In Thoughts & Theory, Travel by David7 Comments

There are skills a photographer needs beyond just an ability to compose, focus, and expose. The more I shoot these international assignments out on the field for NGOs, the more this becomes abundantly clear. Here are the things that immediately come to mind. 1. This kind of work requires total flexibility – things never go as planned and they often …

Inspired.

In Images, Influences, Thoughts & Theory, Travel by David17 Comments

I’ve spent the last 2 mornings at what has quickly become my favourite place in Kathmandu. Where it is doesn’t matter, and truth be known I’m not sure it’s the kind of place that would benefit by being over-run with photographers. In broad strokes it’s a place where people go to spend their last days. I hesitated to go in, …

Still Learning

In Just For Fun, Thoughts & Theory by David1 Comment

They say that among the best ways to learn is to teach. As much as I am passionate about photography, I am as passionate about passing along that passion. Teaching is one of my great joys, and one of the pay-offs is how much I learn while doing it. This year at Lumen Dei I gave myself two assignments with …

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 …