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on Feb 23, 2016 in Friday Thoughts

“Passion, Anything Else?”

“…and in reading many of your posts, it would seem techniques like exposing to the right, resolutions charts, concerns over noise and chromatic aberrations, even composition don’t even enter your photographic process. It didn’t take me long to see you’re concerned with only one thing, passion, anything else?” The emailer in my opinion had done a great job distilling all my thousands of pages on the website down to the one thing I think is the most important aspect in photography, whatever the genre … passion. I firmly feel and have felt for more than thirty years, what the world needs are not more technically correct photographs but one filled with passion. Is it just that easy? Photography must remain fun or we’ll leave it in the closet. This means that if it’s the technical side of photography that brings you happiness, then that’s what you need to focus on. And if you want just passion to rule your photography, there are some very important technical aspects of photography...

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on Feb 3, 2016 in Friday Thoughts

OK, So it Sucks

It reminded me of a drug deal. Standing behind a booth at an annual trade show, I handed him the dvds and he gave me cash. This is how for years I delivered and was paid for articles for a European magazine (this was long ago when the images were film based and scanned for delivery). After doing this for a couple of year, I got a call one day from the editor, “what does suck mean?” (with in a very heavy Slavic accent), he was editing my text I’d given him. I said, “Sucks mean that its so bad it has no redeeming value, indescribably bad, not worthy of showing, really bad, stinks and should have never been taken in the first place. It sucks.” After a long pause he said, “sucks … it says a lot!” OK, so your photo sucks … so what? If you’re being paid a lot of money to create it, you might have an issue but otherwise, really, so what? For a...

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on Aug 15, 2015 in Friday Thoughts

Photoshop World is Family

Another Photoshop World is a wrap, Sharon and I are home after our nearly month long road trip. Photoshop World as always, flew by. It seemed we no sooner stepped on the bus to head for our PreCon then we were loading up the car to head home. Four days pass in the blink of an eye but the memories, well, they last us a lifetime because Photoshop World is all about family! Ya, there is lots to learn and that is part of the Photoshop World experience. Sitting in those classes (yes, I go to them too when I can), we pick up those little nuggets of wisdom that keep the creative juices going. And while that might happen, I think it’s the family that is the Photoshop World experience where the greatest amount of learning and creative spark comes from. For me, not only talking with my fellow instructors does this occur, but it is from YOU folks who are so kind and generous with thoughts and...

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on Aug 7, 2015 in Friday Thoughts

Escape from Nairobi

So there we are, thrown back into the bustle that is Nairobi after our amazing ten days on the Mara. Nairobi is a wild town, nothing prepares you for it but the culture shock after the beauty and tranquility of the bush slapped me right in the face! We landed at the small airport, got in the traffic and drove to the Int’l Airport. We stood in line for a very short time in the very hot and humid check in area and waited. After 30min, we’re at the ticket counter, got our tickets and got through customs without a hitch. Great I thought after hearing of some of the possible horror stories of the process. We headed up to the airline lounge, sat down, got some wine and waited the 3hrs for our flight. I pull out the slug of tickets I have for getting home and read the message printed on our boarding pass out of Nairobi. If my mind as back to blogging, I would have...

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on May 30, 2015 in Friday Thoughts

Photo Summit – Wow!

The first three presentations were an amazing start! Ren’s presentation on Street Photography was really well done with his images being some of my favorite of the presentation. Mark Cruz from Nikon presentation on Full Frame was pretty good to. Interesting the facts that were presented, some I didn’t even know! The highlight though was Yuri Dojc and his Last Folio project (you see here on stage). A very powerful presentation and demonstration why we should be photographers! But if you are here, you already know all of this. And if you’re not here, then the question has to be asked. Why Not? It’s still on, going through the rest of today and tomorrow. So … get here! Marvelous venue and presentations. Your photography will thank...

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