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on Mar 9, 2016 in Random Thoughts

PSW PreCon & The Grid!

Hey folks … I’ll be on The Grid today with my good friend Scott Kelby. We have a pretty cool topic that I know will have answers that might just make you scratch your head, check your camera bag and look at your photographs just a little bit differently. Be sure to check us out! Yesterday as I understand it, registration for Photoshop World opened up which includes my PreCon. I’m doing something totally new this year for Precon. We are going for a SUNRISE shoot and then back to the classroom to finish those images we shot together. We’re going to catch the gorgeous desert light in the cool of the day and then finish up during the heat of the day INSIDE learning to finish our passion. Sure hope you come to join us, I’m told that already the Precon is nearly full. Cya at Photoshop World at the very...

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on Feb 29, 2016 in Random Thoughts

OKC Bedford Camera Bound!

So CAN’T wait until this weekend and being in OKC at Bedford Camera’s PhotoCon! I’ll be talking my favorite topic, wildlife photography, photography and of course a little bit about gear. We’re doing a Zoo Photowalk, a little formal presentation (ok, 2hrs of my yacking like about my cousins, Ghost Faced Bear and much more) and just celebrating how fortunate we are to be photographers. Love to cya … come on down and join in on...

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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 Jan 25, 2016 in Random Thoughts

Apprehension

“Do you ever feel apprehensive?” Man, is that a loaded question! In this case, the emailer was asking about whether to buy the D5 of D500? The response for me was real simple, both. But when I first read the email, my mind wasn’t on gear, but photography. Gear to me is a slam dunk proposition, it’s a tool and like any tool, if it fits the job than I need it in my bag. But when it comes to a particular photograph, project or visual statement, I’m full of apprehension. I have it sometimes to the point to where I literally don’t sleep. And I think that if you value your craft, love being a storyteller and I hate to say it, want to stay in business, you’d best have apprehension. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I don’t like it but when you strive for the best from yourself, you’ve gotta ask yourself hard questions and some of those answers probably scare the crap out of you and...

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