Do critiques improve your photography?

In the classroom--I'm  not behind the camera for a change. I'm helping Bobby with Lightroom in a recent workshop I lead at the Riverside Art Museum
In the classroom–I’m not behind the camera for a change. I’m helping Bobby with Lightroom in a recent workshop I lead at the Riverside Art Museum

As a kid my parents always told me “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything.”

I’m not sure that works in the Western world.

Maybe in Asia, that was acceptable.

In the West, not expressing an opinion is sometimes a sign of lack of character or worse, a sign of weakness.

I grapple with this a lot when I teach especially when I have to critique students’ work. Continue reading Do critiques improve your photography?

Evening portrait of Alex with her Yamaha motorcycle

Black against mostly black. Alexx with her helmet on.
Black against mostly black. Alexx with her helmet on.

It’s actually ok to fail miserably on occasion.

Your concept or idea may be sound but sometimes it just takes more than one attempt before you can taste success.

I had always wanted to photograph a pretty girl on a motorcycle ever since I was a photography student in college.

It never materialized back then.

Working 18 hours a week while going to school fulltime doesn’t allow much time for networking or socializing. Continue reading Evening portrait of Alex with her Yamaha motorcycle

Making the most of available light for portraits

My model Miracle Guillory was photographed using only available light. I positioned her inside a doorway and shot with a 100mm telephoto. Exposure iso 100 1/20 sect @ f2.8. In retrospect, I should have chosen an higher ISO so I could use a higher shutter speed for hand holding.
My model Miracle Guillory was photographed using only available light. I positioned her inside a doorway and shot with a 100mm telephoto. Exposure iso 100 1/20 sect @ f2.8. In retrospect, I should have chosen an higher ISO so I could use a higher shutter speed for hand holding.

One of the toughest skills to learn in photography is figuring where the best lighting which suits your subject can be found while on location.

By best lighting, I’m referring to strongest directional lighting that comes in generally a horizontal direction.

That light is usually found in a large doorway to a darkened room or window.

That’s the light I want to use as much as possible.

I take a light reading. Continue reading Making the most of available light for portraits

Riverside Tamale Festival 2015

A young lady attending the Tamale Festival enjoys one of the many kinds of tamales sold
A young lady attending the Tamale Festival enjoys one of the many kinds of tamales sold

Yesterday was surprisingly hot for April but fortunately White Park where the Tamale Festival was held had lots of shade.

This little park is a little jewel in the city.

The live music while I was there was wonderful.

I was greeted by tunes of Santana played by Andy Vargasy Los Solteros when I arrived and the dance area in front of the stage was  packed. Continue reading Riverside Tamale Festival 2015

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