Category: Personal

Deck Hand – Shooting with one Light

Shown here are a list of frames from a shoot with mixed light during sunset with the sun already below the horizon for at least part of the shoot. The clouds set a nice backdrop with water and the dock being in an acceptable exposure level with nothing too light or dark. The lines are…


Shooting Portraits on Location

When you have 5 minutes to do a shoot, it can get pretty exciting. This shoot was done successfully with a few ingredients such as a crazy awesome jacket, sexy underwear, natural hair, an amazing sunset, ruinous concrete with overgrown weeds, open field leading to water with no obstructions to leave us with large black…


Social Norms and Trends in Photojournalism

The better I know social norms, the more precisely I can break them. Why break them? That’s a personal conviction. It isn’t always what you might choose. But, breaking rules or norms or going against trends is often interesting if done with true awareness of the opposing trends. Sometimes a trend can have less obvious…


Facts of the Photography Industry

I’m just sitting down here at my desk in Saint Petersburg, Florida this morning to write about some experiences and observations from my career as a photographer that you might find useful. I’ve taught photography all over the states from 2005 until today.It’s very hard. It’s not fun. But it suits some personality types, at…


Setting Up a Scene for a Photo Shoot

Nina Simone says freedom is a feeling. Billy Holiday says jazz is a feeling. I think the same sort of thing can be said about a scene. Few words can approach a fair description of the feeling that a scene gives, and often only poetry can try. This is qualia, the collective emergent aspects of…


Humility vs Entitlement

are we living in humble times or narcissistic times? are there more gentle humble people produced from this society or more narcissists? Is there more mental well-being or more mental illness? Are we being taught to be this way? Are we being taught to be fake and live in fantasies and maintain those split mind…


Affirmation and Deficiency

Affirmations are ways of soothing vulnerabilities in troubling times. But this can be a sign of deficiency that needs to be addressed in times of peace. Truth is only palatable to those who appreciate it’s value. If you only appreciate how something makes you feel, and the not the sacrifice made for it for someone…


Moments of Peace

In moments of peace we reflect on war tho it seem distant. We know our peace is only localized and temporary at best and needs constant upkeep. We know the war and opposition and those who wish to take from us are only a paper thin cell away. We know that a storm is coming,…


Cracked Up

Things aren’t what they are cracked up to be. When you get what you want you don’t want what you get. It’s on to the next thing. That momentum and that hope for the next thing is great. But you have to be able to feel like you accomplished the previous thing or else you…


Problem with Mutual Friends Social Networking

The thing that sucks about FB is the mutual friends facet. Suggesting mutual friends just perpetuates bubbles and isolation but even beyond that it forces random people into your feed where the topics have nothing to do with them. It’s far better to be networked with like minds, not mutual friends. That’s just total bullshit….